Animal Adoption Process

There are six basic steps in the animal adoption process

  1. Find an animal that warms your heart
    Look through our adoptable animals online or come meet them at one of our animal adoption events. If you don't find one that you are drawn to let us know what you are looking for. We pull new animals off the euthanasia list every week and have others that are in the process of getting ready to be adopted, so we might already have the perfect match.  If you aren't very particular or need some guidance give us a call or send us an e-mail. We have a lot of experience matching the right animal with the right family. Please know that we are not interested in adopting out animals just to create space. You can trust us to be honest and upfront. If we don't have a good match for you we will let you know.

  2. Submit an adoption application
    Fill out our application online on in person. The application is not a commitment or a final decision to adopt. It contains questions that help us get to know you and your home life. You only have to fill out the application once. You do not need to complete it again if you decide you are interested in a different animal or want to adopt more than one. Our decision is not determined who submitted their application first, however if you are at all interested we suggest completing the application right away. Remember it is not a commitment and it gets you in line in case others want the same animal.

  3. We'll review your adoption application
    One of our adoption counselors will review your application and go over it with you. This will occur in person or over the phone, depending on the situation. This is also your opportunity to ask us questions about the animal or adopting in general. Home visit or animal introduction If you already have pets we will want to make sure they get along with the animal you are considering.

    Depending on the circumstances we will want to introduce them at your home or at another location. You will be contacted by one of our adoption counselors to determine the best time and place. We will not bring a white glove to determine the last time you dusted. Our goal is to make the introduction positive and safe.


  4. Adoption decision is made
    It is common for us to get multiple applications for the same animal. When this happens we choose the family that is the best fit for that animal. There are many factors involved and we take them all into consideration. Sometimes it's the animal that decides. We had a dog visit a home of a very wealthy family and a family that was living just within their means. The dog was clearly happier in the latter so that's how the decision was made.

    If you are not chosen that does not mean we think you are unfit to adopt. It just means there was another family that was a better fit for that particular animal. If that happens we will let you know if we have another animal that would be a good match. You application will be kept on file so you won't have to start over if you are interested in one of our other animals.

  5. Finalize the adoption
    You are almost done. We will work with you to determine the best time to complete the adoption. There are a couple forms for you to complete and we will have some other paperwork for you (medical/shot history, microchip number, insurance gift, etc.). If you are adopting a dog please bring a collar and leash. If you are adopting a cat please bring a carrier to transport it in. We will also give you some suggestions to get your new pet acclimated to his/her new home.

  6. Post adoption check-in
    Bringing your new animal home is just the beginning and we are here to help. We are here to help you make the transition go as smoothly as possible. If you have any questions or problems please let us know. It's important to introduce your new pet to your vet. This will help your vet to have a record of weight and enable them to notify you when they need the next round of shots. If you don't already have a relationship with a vet let us know. We can refer you to a great one in your area.

    If you have adopted a dog it's important to get him or her into training right away. This will strengthen the bond between you and your dog give you some guidance on how to achieve the things that are most important to you.