Thank you for adopting your new family companion from CAP. We hope the following information will provide helpful and useful tools to help you care for your new companion. 


We realize you’ve fallen in love, but it will take a bit of time for you and your new pet to get to know one another. Adopted pets can take up to a week to decompress, three weeks to learn your routine, and three months to feel like your home is their home too. 




Please utilize the following post-adoption dog and cat care guides for important tips on welcoming your new pet home, housetraining or litterbox training, and how to trim nails. You will also find information on heartworm prevention for dogs and declawing for cats. (Hint: heartworm prevention good, declawing bad).


The CAP Cornelius Clinic provides affordable wellness services to the public, please maintain your pets' good health! To schedule an appointment visit: Cornelius Clinic





The Ten Commandments from a Pet's Standpoint

  1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you will be difficult for me. Remember that before you adopt me.
  2. Give me time to understand what you want from me.
  3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial to my well-being.
  4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, entertainment and friends, I only have you.
  5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand all of your words, I understand your voice.
  6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget.
  7. Please don't hit me. I can't hit back, but I can bite and scratch and I really don't want to do that.
  8. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right foods or I've been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old and weak.
  9. Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old.
  10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, "I can't bear to watch" or "let it happen in my absence". Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, I love you.


** Courtesy of Stan Rawlinson Dog Behaviourist and Obedience Trainer. Author of the “Ten Commandments For Pets”. You can visit his website and articles at