Our Adoption Process
*** Due to Covid-19, we take extra precautions for everyone involved. Once you have submitted your adoption application and been approved to adopt, you will need to be certain you want the dog or cat you are interested in. You will have the opportunity to talk to our director and the foster to answer any questions you have before you adopt. In order to protect our fosters and adopters from unnecessary meetings we need adopters to pay the adoption fee prior to picking your new pet up. We will then schedule a short meeting (mask and social distancing required) after which you will be able to take your new family member home!
Our office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Your best resource for information on animals is this website, which is updated daily. Photos of our available animals and all of their information are on our home page. If an animal is posted on here, they are still available. (No need to contact us to ask if they are still available)
Foster To Adopt Program
We understand that adopting an animal these days can be difficult. We have started a Foster-To-Adopt program and anticipate that this will enable us to save more animals and provide more forever homes! The process for fostering to adopt will be the same as adopting from us. We will use our in-depth adoption screening in the same exact way. We typically know we are getting animals a week ahead of time and will post animals on the our home page that are eligible for foster to adopt at that time. The success of this program depends on the understanding of people that if they choose not to adopt their foster animal, they must still foster them until they are adopted. You must fill out an adoption application at the bottom of this page if you want to participate in this program. Please stipulate that you are doing a foster to adopt on the application
Our adoption applications are located at the bottom of this page in a downloadable Word document. Please fill it out and email back to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that everything we know about our animals is on their profile on our website. Sometimes the animals have not arrived yet when we post them, but we will happily post additional information after they have been in foster care. You will have an opportunity to ask additional questions if you have the adoption meeting with the animal!
PLEASE be aware that we quite often have more than person interested in the same animal and/or have more than one application for a dog/cat. It helps to be flexible - we have so many great animals! We appreciate your patience and understanding of this!
We do not do pre-approved applications or "holds" on animals because we have to interview you first before approving your application! Because we don’t typically do home visits it is extremely important to us that we interview and screen all potential adopters very carefully. We also do not adopt out of state.
All of our animals are behavior tested and medically vetted prior to coming into our rescue. Your adoption fee will cover transportation, vetting, age appropriate vaccinations prior to adoption, spay and neuter, and any other vet costs they might incur while they are with us. All animals are spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, heartworm tested (dog). They are also carefully behaviorally screened before coming to us. We do not accept aggressive animals
Our adoption fees are:
$475.00 for puppies one year of age and under
$375.00 for adult dogs one year to five years of age
$150.00 for senior dogs over the age of six years
$195.00 for kittens up to one year of age
$150.00 for adult cats one year to six years of age
$75.00 for senior cats over the age of eight years
After submitting your adoption application by email, we will review the application for pre-approval. Following that there will be an appointment made for the interview call with our director, Deborah Hill. Please answer your phone! If your application is approved for adoption, we will arrange for a time and place to meet your new family member. Due to Covid restrictions, we are doing adoption meetings privately, with masks and social distancing. We are able to take credit card payment or cash at the adoption meeting. You will need to bring a collar and leash for dogs, a crate if you need one. You will also need to bring a completely filled out and signed copy of your adoption application.
We ONLY accept non-aggressive dogs. Unless our assigned foster family has a cat, we are not always sure of cat interaction.
**Adopting to families with children: we are always cautious when there are children involved. We have no way to know for certain if you have taught your children to be gentle and respectful with animals. If your children are not taught to be soft with animals, please don't adopt a dog or cat; you are setting your new dog or cat up for failure and your child will potentially be at risk. There is no dog or cat that enjoys having their ears/tail/legs being pulled or being climbed on or ridden. If your child plays rough with a dog you are teaching that dog to be aggressive. If children (or adults) allow a puppy or adult dog to put their mouth on them, you are teaching that dog that's it's okay to nip and play bite. The best way to train a dog not to do that is NOT by hitting them, which will also teach aggression. Disengage with the behavior and when they stop, offer them a toy or other reward. We advise that all of our dogs undergo training unless your are very experienced with positive training.
ALL adults living in the adopted dog/cat’s home MUST be present at the time of adoption. If there children under the age of 10 and/or are any other dogs in the house, you will need to bring them to the adoption meeting as well.
Here are some common sense reasons why we decline an adopter:
• We don't adopt out large breeds of dogs or puppies to apartments. We will be looking for homes with a secure, fenced in yard appropriate for a large breed dog. When we say a dog needs a yard, we mean a fenced in yard.
• Puppies cannot be left alone for more than 2-3 hours. If you are someone who is away all day or evening while working, an adult dog that can be left alone for a longer period of time would be a better choice for you.
• We do not adopt tiny puppies, kittens or very small adult dogs to homes with babies or toddlers.
• Studies have proven for many years that cats who are outdoor cats have a much shorter life span than indoor cats. We do not adopt cats to a home where they will be outside. Similarly, we do not adopt dogs to a home where they will be kept outside. No exemptions on these rules.
• We do not adopt out of state or more than two hours away. We need to be close enough to come get them if they are surrendered.
• We do not adopt to people who are nasty, rude, argumentative. Life is short and there are many other wonderful adopters out there!
Most important of all, PLEASE be very certain when you are choosing an animal to adopt that it is the right pet for you, your lifestyle and family. Choose carefully. Returning an adopted animal is not like returning merchandise to a store. Dogs and cats are living creatures with feelings, and we respect them as such. We recently had an adopter return a puppy hours after the adoption because he had an accident indoors when he first went into their home ... and then wanted a refund. Common sense, please. While we will always accept a returned animal, there will be no refunds of adoption fees and no exceptions. Please be sure to take your adoption seriously.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Our best wishes in finding your new family member!