So, you've decided to add a new family member!
Congratulations. We at Friendship Hospital for Animals share your excitement and are happy to provide guidance in all areas of pet care, including how to choose the best pet for your family.
Pre-pet counseling consultations are provided free of charge and are tailored to your family's needs. Topics that may be covered include:
- Is it the right time for me to add a pet to my family?
- What type of pet should I consider? This includes species, breed, age, and gender considerations.
- What sources are available for obtaining a new pet?
- How do I best introduce a new pet to my household?
- What special needs will my new pet have?
- How can I best provide for my new pet's good health?
Whether you're a first-time pet parent looking for guidance, a seasoned dog owner looking to adopt your first kitten, or a family ready to jump into the world of bunny companionship, the veterinarians and staff at Friendship Hospital for Animals are here to help!
Here are some helpful links to get you started. If you have further questions or would like more information, please feel free to set up a phone or in-person consultation by calling us at 206-1868. We look forward to being able to assist you!
Dogs and Cat Links
From the American Kennel Club (AKC) website:
The American Kennel Club is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its Registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Founded in 1884, the AKC and its affiliated organizations advocate for the purebred dog as a family companion, advance canine health and well-being, work to protect the rights of all dog owners and promote
responsible dog ownership. We encourage you to utilize the AKC's website if you are considering bringing a purebred dog into your family.
From the Denver Dumb Friends League (DDFL) website:
Founded in 1910, the Dumb Friends League is a national leader in providing humane care to lost and abandoned animals, rescuing sick, injured and abused animals, adopting pets to new homes, helping pets stay in homes, and educating pet owners and the public about the needs of companion animals. We at Friendship Hospital for Animals respect their vision and dedication and are confident in the information they provide to pet-owning families.
- Is it the right time to adopt a pet?
- How to choose the right pet for you
- Introducing your new dog to the household
- Introducing your new cat to the household
The House Rabbit Society
The House Rabbit Society is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1988. They are dedicated solely to the rescue and adoption of rabbits. Their education programs seek to reduce the number of unwanted rabbits -- and to improve bunnies' lives -- by helping people better understand these special companion animals. Our very own Dr. Julie Smith volunteers extensively with this organization.
Make Mine Chocolate
Another good link for all things "bunny".