Why should I adopt?
If you have room in your home and in your heart for a new dog, adopting makes sense for a lot of reasons.
- You will be saving a life. Even if you adopt from an organization that has a no-kill policy, you will be helping to rescue another animal by making space available at the shelter.
- You will be saving money because adoption costs less than buying an animal from a pet shop or a breeder.
- By adopting rather than buying a new companion animal, you will reduce the demand that drives the commercial breeding of puppies.
- Each year, millions of healthy and well-behaved animals are destroyed in shelters simply because there are not enough homes for all of them
So, there are plenty of good reasons to adopt your next pet, but probably the best reason to adopt a dog is that you just might meet your best friend.
What do I need to know about adoption?
There are many things to consider when thinking about adoption.
- Are my current animals up to date on all of their vaccinations?
- Are my current animals spayed or neutered?
- How will my current animals get along with my potential adopted animals?
- What breed of dog will get along the best with my family and our schedule.
- Can I afford to take my pet to the vet if they need extra care?
- Will I have time to properly take care of my pet?
How much time will my new pet take?
The specific needs of the animal will determine how much time is involved. A frightened animal that needs socialization or training will require some extra time. Some breeds of dogs need more exercise and/or grooming than others. Be aware of what your dog may need before choosing your breed.
How do I decide which breed is right for you?
There are many variables that can help you decide which breed is the right breed for your home, family, and life.
- What size of dog would be a best fit for you and your household?
- What amount of grooming are you prepared to handle?
- What amount of exercise can you offer your pet? Certain breeds require more exercise than others.
- What kind of training am I prepared to offer?
How Does the Adoption Process work?
Every adopter is required to fill out an adoption application. After we receive your application, we check your vet references, landlords approval and preform a background check. After those are completed your application will be sent on to the foster home who has the dog/puppy you may be interested in. The foster will then contact you and tell you more information and specifics on the dog. From there you both decide if you would like to move forward with adoption. If you both feel the fit may be right, then the next step is sending in home visit pictures. These are asked for to make sure that your home is a safe and comforting environment for the dog. We ask for pictures of front and back yard, living areas, kitchen, and a basic area of where the dog will sleep. Those pictures are sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. After the foster has received approval of those photos then it's time to set up a meet and greet. This is where you can sit down, play with and get to know your potential new forever family member. We ask that all members of the household human and canine come to the meet and greet to make sure that everyone gets along well.
Our adoption fees are:
8+ yrs and older $150
Under one year $300 (may require a deposit for spay/neuter)
I can’t adopt, but are there other ways I can help?
Yes! There are many! Please visit our volunteer page for more information.