Please take a few minutes to read and understand our adoption process. We want to make it a great experience for everyone.
All animals available for adoption are current on vaccinations, spayed or neutered, and have been under the care of a veterinarian while in our program. We do not charge extra for those that required substantial medical care prior to adoption.
Everyone is anxious to take their new family member home. There’s nothing more exciting than starting a new life together. Nevertheless, we do not do same day adoptions. After years of experience, we’ve learned that many people regret a spontaneous decision. We ask you to meet the animal (more than once if you want) and think it over while we process your application.
We aren’t looking for problems. You don’t have to grow organic catnip or wear our favorite colors. Believe me, we want loving homes. We simply can’t afford to be naive where helpless animals are concerned. Many high volume shelters do not know the pets and their personalities like we know ours. Some have spent a great deal of time with us. That provides a ton more information to help you select the perfect new family member.
Your application is reviewed by our adoption committee very quickly. If the entire household is not present to meet the pet when you apply, you might be asked to arrange a time when all of you can meet briefly with an Adoption Counselor. Once you are approved, we deliver your new pet, along with a going home package of toys we know are loved by that specific animal and other essentials to start you off right. Our adoption fee is only $35.
Our goal is for all adoptions to be safe, permanent, and successful. With that in mind, we even offer a free pet safety consultation (like childproofing, only for pets). Rest assured, we are not looking for reasons to disqualify anyone at any point in the process. All you have to do is read the horror stories in the news to know why we take our responsibility to the animal seriously.
Adoption is not our primary focus, but it is sometimes a necessity. We want to help more animals and that means finding homes for those that recover from medical care and those that are unable to go home to their owner after respite care. We know our animals well because they are in foster homes where they get a lot of personal attention.
Yes, there are free pets available from lots of places. A free pet is never really free. They need food, collars, leashes, carriers and/or crates, beds, food and water dishes, vaccinations, and veterinary care for illnesses and injuries for the rest of their life. If a $35 adoption fee is a barrier, how will you pay for those things? We need to know you are willing and able to meet the ongoing need for apartment deposits, vaccinations, food, and appropriate medical care for a pet that may live 15-20+ years.
In addition, we do not want to risk our animals going to someone who sells animals to a lab or uses them as bait for fighting dogs and other horrors. Those folks collect free animals and are very skilled at knowing what to put on applications. Still, they don’t pay for pets and they won’t take time to come to an adoption interview. Would you hand over a child or pet, even to a sitter, with little or no information and no validation of their reputation or experience?
Please feel free to contact us and we’ll email our Adoption Application. If you have any questions, just let us know.
If you are interested in foster or respite care, please click here.