Sharing your home with a pet is a wonderful experience and can bring you lots of joy. However, adopting a companion animal is a big step and there are some things you should consider before adding a dog or cat to your family.
Why do you want a pet? Many people don't ask themselves this simple question before they get a pet. Adopting a pet just because the kids have been begging for one usually ends up being a big mistake.
Do you have time for a pet? Dogs and cats require food, water, exercise, care and companionship every day of every year - even if you are tired or busy.
Can you afford a pet? The costs of pet ownership can be quite high. Licenses, training classes, veterinary care, grooming, toys, food, kitty litter and other unexpected expenses can add up quickly.
Is it a good time for you to adopt a pet? If you have kids under 6 years old, for instance, you might consider waiting a few years before you adopt. If you're a student, in the military, or travel frequently as part of your work, waiting until you settle down is a good idea.
Are you able to keep and care for your pet for its entire life? Cats and dogs can live 15 years or longer. When you adopt, you are making a long-term commitment to care for your pet.
If you are willing to make the necessary commitments of time, money, responsibility, and love-for the life of the pet, you are ready to adopt.
Because we want all of our animals to go to a safe, loving, permanent home, we have a strict set of qualifying conditions. You must:
*Be at least 21 years old
*Agree that the pet will be an indoor companion only
*Agree that the pet, if it is a cat, will not be declawed
*Agree that the pet, if it is a dog, will attend professional obedience training
*Have all current pets spayed/neutered
*Have the consent of all adults living in the household
*Have the landlord’s written consent to own an animal on the property (if applicable)
*Pay the adoption fee by cash (we no longer accept checks)
In some instances additional requirements must be met. For example; some of our dogs may only be adopted to a home that has a fenced in yard. Also, if you already own a dog and would like to adopt another, your dog must be introduced to the new animal before it can be adopted. This helps ensure the adopted pet is a good fit not only for you, but for your current dog too.
Before you adopt, you will want to meet and spend some time with the animal you are interested in. Read his personality profile, talk to our volunteers, and just hang out and interact with him. If it seems like a good match for you, the next step is to complete an adoption application. An adoption counselor will then review your application to determine if the animal you would like to adopt fits your lifestyle, home environment and energy level. If the application is a go, you will need to sign an adoption contract.
After an animal is adopted, we require you to bring him to your veterinarian for a "Well Check" within fourteen days of the adoption date. Although our veterinarian has done a thorough check of the animal, sometimes an illness or ailment will occur between the animal's check up and the time of adoption. Many vets provide a free wellness visit for rescue animals.
We want to make sure everything goes well after an adoption. A volunteer will contact you several weeks after the adoption to make sure you are not having any difficulties.
Now that you've had some time to think about everything involved in adopting pet, you can submit an online adoption form for a cat or dog, or download the cat or dog adoption application and print and mail it in, email it or bring it to our next Adoption Day event.