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Pet Adoption 101: How to Give Your Iso Pet a Good Life

The past few months have been a strange and often lonely time for many Australians. Working from home has become the new norm and until recently, rarely leaving the house except for 'essential activities' like exercise or doing a grocery run. However, these times of self-isolation has also led to a surge in Aussies becoming new pet owners, by adopting cats and dogs, amongst other furry creatures. According to, a remarkable 1.5 million people searched their adoption website in March and April, whilst 15,000 pets found new homes over that same period. As great news in otherwise gloomy times, we've put together a list of five practical tips to ensure your iso adopted pet(s) continues to have the best life possible whilst living in your humble abode:

Pets Hotel - Dog 6 April 20201. Make sure you have a pet friendly house before they move in 

So you've spent the time carefully searching pet adoption websites, the Lost Dogs Home or cat shelters and have fallen in love with your new furry friend(s). Firstly, congratulations on becoming a pet owner! Whether you're new to this most rewarding of roles or a veteran who knows your way around kennels and kitty litter, it's now time for the most exciting part of the journey – bringing them home with you. Before you do, it's important to make sure your living environment is ready for its newest residence – this can be as simple as removing obstacles they may bump into, securing loose electrical cords and other hazards, adding flaps to doors leading outside and having water and food bowls set up in easy to access locations. Also ensure your yard/backyard is secure so your pets can't run away, an all to common occurrence!

2. Give them ample time to settle in

Like any big change in environment, your furry friend will need patience and ample time to properly settle into their new home. So don't rush things, bring them into your house slowly, have the water and food bowls filled and pet toys nearby for a warm welcome! Also be sure to give them plenty of pats and massages to show your deep affection and go easy when introducing them to other members of your household or friends – no more than a handful of new faces at once is a good idea.

3. Find a qualified local vet

Your good self aside, the relationship between your newly adopted pet and a fully-qualified, registered vet will be the most important one they have. If the place you adopted your pet from hasn't already put you in touch with a qualified local practitioner, the Australian Veterinary Association's (AVA) VetVoice website has a handy find a vet search tool, whilst for those residing in Victoria, the VetBoard Victoria website has a similar feature. Once you've found a trusty local vet, they'll be able to advise you on everything from vaccinations, to de-sexing and beyond.

4. Start the all-important socialisation process

Pets, especially dogs are social creatures and just like human children, they need to be socialised with each other from an early age. As pet lovers with over 33 years' experience in the field, The Pets Hotel (and our partners at the Pets Hotel Country Club) run a luxurious doggy daycare program, in addition to cat and dog boarding suites. These provide a fun and welcoming environment for your newly adopted pet(s) to make their own furry friends and become well-adjusted, well socialised members of the community, at their own pace.

5. Train them for health & happiness!

Our final tip for giving your adopted pet the best possible life is to ensure they're well trained for a future of health, happiness and lots of fun! Our in-house dog obedience training can help you on that front, with personalised programs to shape a well adjusted friend who'll give you (and others) countless moments of joy and affection ahead. Whilst pet cats tend to be more independent, following best practice training tips for your feline friend will also pay lasting dividends.

Keen to learn more about The Pets Hotel and The Pets Hotel Country Club, including our doggy daycare, dog obedience and pet boarding services? Contact our friendly team of pet lovers on (03) 9646 3696 and (03) 5282 1286, they'll love to hear from you!

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After years of research in Australia and the USA, The Pets Hotel is custom designed for your pet’s health, safety and comfort, all in a fun-filled environment - which exceeds the industry Code of Practice.
The owners of The Pets Hotel have 35 years experience in the Pet industry.

The Pets Hotel is the culmination of this experience.

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