Policies and Procedures

Adoption Policies

  1. All animals are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. All cats are screened for Feline Leukemia and FIV.
  2. Animals are adopted only to homes where we believe they will receive good and stable life-long care.
  3. Prospective adopters must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and must sign an adoption agreement.
  4. No animal is knowingly adopted to a residence where pets are not allowed.
  5. Adopters intending to house a dog outside must have a doghouse and a fenced area or other suitable arrangement for the protection of the dog.
  6. Animals will not knowingly be adopted as a gift for another person unless she/he is a member of the immediate family or has been consulted and agrees to be available for adoption screening.
  7. Potential adopters must fill out an adoption request form and complete a 24-hour waiting period before adopting a pet.
  8. Potential adopters must attend a conference with an adoption counselor before adopting a pet.

Adoption Procedures

  1. Read and research ideas on adopting and training cats or dogs before you adopt your pet.
  2. Visit the shelter or view all our animals on this website to see which cat or dog may be perfect for your family.
  3. Fill out an adoption request form to indicate which animal you’d like to adopt.
  4. You will be called by an adoption counselor to discuss your adoption request.

 

Our goal is always to find the best home available for the animal.

The adoption process starts with the decision to submit an adoption request.  (This request does not commit a potential adopter but can serve as a statement of strong interest; for example, sometimes it’s necessary for other family members to meet the animal before the request is firm.)

An adoption request is rarely approved immediately.  In cases where an adopter is known to us and is ready for the animal in the new home, the adoption may be approved the same day, but most adoptions are a process that takes a few days.   Most adoptions are approved by an adoption committee rather than by one individual.

Many times we feel it is appropriate to collect several adoption requests and choose the most appropriate home from those requests.  This means that adoptions are not always approved on a first come, first served basis.  This is often the case with puppies, small and medium-size dogs, and kittens.  These animals usually have more than one family interested in adopting.  We select the best home from the collected requests.   These are sometimes difficult decisions for us to make, but we always strive to choose the best for the animal while being fair to potential adopters.  For example, we might choose an adopter with a fenced yard for a dog with a wandering history over an adopter without a fenced yard and that might be the only difference.   Or for a very young, shy kitten the best home might be one with older rather than younger children.

After you submit a request, you are welcome and encouraged to visit the animal you are interested in while waiting.