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Adoptions are done by appointment and at adoption events!

PLEASE take a few moments to read the following explanation of our adoption policies and the steps that make up the process. You may be surprised to find that adopting an animal is a more involved process than you expected, or that it means you can’t have immediate access to an animal you are interested in.

Therefore, it’s important to understand two things:
1) the process is the same for everyone, and
2) it is not our intent to frustrate you.

Rather, everything we do is for the best interest of the animals in our care, and is aimed at giving them the best possible chance of finding a permanent home

Before you can adopt any animal, we ask you to complete an adoption application. Our process includes asking questions, asking to see proof of identity and, frequently, asking for veterinary references, particularly when you have other animals at home. This is simply to protect the health of adoption candidates and the pets you already have.

You must submit an application prior to meeting the dogs.

Once the application has been submitted it will be reviewed by one of our volunteers. We will contact you to clarify any questions we may have and assist in setting up an appointment at a volunteer’s home or be invited to an adoption event where a knowledgeable member of our volunteer staff will be available to answer questions about behavior, training, veterinary care, how to deal with introductions to current pets, and anything else you can think of.

You will be asked to sign an adoption contract and pay an adoption fee. This fee covers spaying or neutering, veterinary care, deworming, vaccines, food, and other items your pet has received while in our care.

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot hold animals for anyone. Unfortunately, because of the tremendous demands on our foster homes, all adoptions must be done on a first-come, first-served basis, and the first good, properly qualified prospective home will get the pet

LET US REPEAT: We do not ever mean to be frustrating or evasive with you. We want you to understand that it’s stressful and upsetting-in fact, downright devastating – for the animals, for our volunteers, and most importantly, for you when adoptions don’t work out and pets have to come back to us. And a bad adoption experience can sour some people on shelter animals — for life.

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