When you arrive at the Meet & Greet, spend a few minutes talking with the private owner first; this gives the pet time to investigate you at his or her own pace.
- Some pets, especially friendly dogs, will want to give you lots of enthusiastic attention right away, and that’s OK!
- Timid dogs (or cats in carriers) will, more than likely, need some time to warm up to you. A good rule of thumb is to always let the pet take the lead.
- If the pet likes treats, you might bring some to offer him or her (check with the private owner first). Treats can be a great ice-breaker!
- During your Meet & Greet, it's important to spend time attempting to bond with the pet; have some quiet time with them, and try to picture this furry friend as part of your family.
- Always feel free to ask the private owner as many questions as you have! Your questions also serve as a way of letting them know you are responsible and care deeply about their pet’s well-being.
- The private owner will likely have more questions for you as well, and they’ll be watching closely to see how you and their pet respond to each other.
- Be patient, and understand that this is most likely a difficult (and heartbreaking) time for the private owner, and they'll want to make sure they’re doing right by their pet.
So, how do I know if it’s a match? It sounds cliché, but you’ll know when it’s right. If you feel particular chemistry with the pet, a desire to take care of them, and the potential for a strong bond, connection, and loving companionship; that’s the best you can ask!
However, this is a big decision and one you’ll hopefully live with for many years to come! We recommend you take as much time as you need before making this important commitment to a pet.