Introducing Pets to Each Other

Whether or not your pets get along depend on their personalities. Your current pet may view a new pet as a threat; there may be a few scuffles as each animal establishes his “place in the pack”. Do not interrupt them if there is no danger of injury, and provided they are supervised at all times.

Some pets will merely tolerate each other. Others will become great companions (like my own two dogs and cat). Here are a few tips for introducing a new pet into your home.

Always supervise your pets until you are absolutely sure they get along. Until then, separate your pets by confining at least one of them to its own room. Only allow them to interact with each other with your supervision. It may take them hours, days, weeks, or even months for your pets to adjust fully to one another.

Introduce your pets indoors in controlled situations. Keep your dogs on a leash and do not tolerate any aggressive behavior. If you are introducing a cat to a dog, do not allow the dog to chase or corner the cat – even if it’s out of playfulness or curiosity.

When introducing a cat to a dog, do NOT hold the cat in your arms. A frightened or nervous cat may scratch.

Allow your new pet to familiarize itself with its new home. Temporarily confine existing pets to a room to give your new pet a chance to feel more comfortable with its surroundings.

Give your pets separate food and water bowls. If you are introducing cats, also provide separate litter boxes. Feed your new and existing pets in different locations.

Be especially careful when introducing dogs or cats to caged animals. Dogs and cats can live in harmony with rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, etc… but please introduce them under strictly controlled supervision. Keep in mind that cats are very agile, so placing a cage high up on a shelf doesn’t necessarily protect the caged pet. Don’t take any chances – one mistake could be fatal to your caged pet.

Give them time. Do not try to force your pets together; allow them to adjust at their own pace. Give all your pets – particularly the new one – time to gain confidence and decide when to face his or her new housemates.


Featured Dog- Layla

 This happy girl is a 6 year old, golden retriever mix. She enjoys belly rubs, playing with her toys, cuddling, and going for walks. She knows basic commands and is eager to please. Layla will need to be in a home with NO other pets, she wants to give all her love to her people. She is not a dog to take to the dog park so would need to have a yard where she can get plenty of exercise.

 Other available dogs-

Peanut – Senior dog Border Collie/Beagle Likes being with his person and being beside them. Housetrained. Loves to go on walks. Would do best as only dog in the home.

Shadow- Border/Aussie Does not like being alone. Housetrained, smart boy wants to please. High energy, loves to play and go for walks.

Huey- heeler blend. Very friendly and intelligent. He wants to please. High energy, loves to play. This is not an apartment dog and he needs a high secure fence.


 Featured Cat/Kitten Casey

 Casey loves to play. Purrs the minute you pick her up. She is full of energy and will keep you entertained. She will snuggle with you and then is off to her next adventure. 5 months old. Would do better in a home with older children. Beautiful swirl pattern on coat.


Other available cats

Meg – Calico Friendly. Plays with toys. Very laid back. Loves being brushed

Paris -She likes being where she can watch everyone and what is going on around her. Not a lap cat. Special diet

Izzy- She is shy but loves attention and playing with toys.

Rose-Seal point Siamese. She is friendly and loves attention. Likes to be brushed and held. She needs to gain some weight.

Kelly- Long hair kitten. She is very shy and will hide. She likes to be held and petted  but need a quiet home where she will feel secure.

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 8:00 am until 4 pm Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), Saturday 11am-1pm , Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call – Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268 

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.

The animals submitted to the media may have changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals.

Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information.  and