Katie Baker owns two dogs. She says when she adopted her first dog, she didn't know all the work it would take.
"I had dogs growing up. I didn't realize all the costs and all the different visits and things you have to do when they're a puppy," she says.
Ben Leavens, DVM, checks animals at Main Street Pet Care. He says the initial checkup is important when you first adopt.
Dr. Leavens offers a list of what owners should prepare before bringing home a pet.
-Get pet supplies like dog gates, food, and collars.
-Think about getting your pet micro-chipped.
-Schedule your initial visit within 48 hours.
-Follow through with all the shots your pet needs.
-Eventually think about pet socialization classes.