HOW TO CHOOSE A DOG
CHOOSING THE RIGHT PET
ARE YOU READY?
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 a few
we do is in the best interests of the animals in our care, and is aimed
at giving them the best possible chance of finding a permanent, but
also a loving, home. They have been through enough, now they deserve
the good life.
Our Adoption Process
And Why We Do It This Way
you can see (that is, pet, cuddle, walk, and get to know) any animal
you've seen in our kennel, we'll ask you to show proof you can have a
pet. This proof consists of a lease/pet agreement, for renters, or a
mortage/property statement for home owners. We want to confirm our
pet's are going to go to an actual home, and that this home will be
suitable for the type of pet you have chosen.
ask that you bring the whole family, including your pets. Although
surprise presents, of a little puppy or kitten is so sweet, it is also,
simply stated, a surprise. deciding to bring home a pet into your home,
should not be a last minute decision. This type of decision deserves a
lot of thought and consideration. Bringing everyone in the household,
allows for everyone to voice their opinions. This is going to be a
family pet. This pet will be interacting with everyone in the family.
So everyone should be comfortable with this animal, including your
pets. One person not feeling at ease with an animal will cause problems
in the household, no matter how hard you try to prevent it. The worst
feeling in the world can be regection. Our animals already feel that
being in our shelter; it affects them even more, being returned here.
- We'll ask you to complete a pre-adoption form.
This paperwork must be completed first, in order to minimize stress for
you and the animals. Our process includes asking questions, asking to
see proof of identity (all potential adopters, MUST be over 18 years of
age) 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. As much as
we would love to test for diseases, it is an expensive procedure to
test every pet. As a potential owner, you do have the option, at an
additional charge, to have your new pet tested before they go home.
all the paperwork has been satisfactorily completed, we look over the
application, and try to find the best match for your home. During this
time, you should look at our animals and see which pet will suit your
household. If we find a good match, we will have you visit with this
pet. During this time frame, make sure to check the animal yourself.
How comfortable are you and your family with this pet? How much
training will it need? Are you capable of handling the animal? You'll
have a sounseling session with a knowledgeable member of our staff who
will fill you in on the history and needs of that animal, and his
feeding and exercise requirements. Please understand though, MANY of
the animals were brought in stray. Knowledge on the pets is very
minimal and mostly from observation by our staff during their stay with
us. You can ask your counselor any questions you can think of. The main
question you should ask yourself is whether you will be the best owner
for this pet, and that you are willing to provide the care it will
- After you have made your decision. You will be asked to sign an adoption contract
and pay an adoption fee. The fee covers a physical examination by our
doctors at AAA Animal Hospital, their surgery for spaying or neutering
(if they have not already had the surgery), vaccinations, a microchip
for identification (for dogs only, extra cats), an information folder
with a variety of pet info, and a certificate for a free exam within
one month provided by the Doctors at AAA Animal Hospital.
As a general rule, we cannot hold animals for anyone. Unfortunately,
because of the tremendous demands on our kennel space, all adoptions
must be done on a first-come, first-served basis, and the first good,
property-qualified prospective home will get the pet.
LET US REPEAT:
We don't ever mean to be frustrating or even evasive with you. We want
you to understand that it's stressfull and upsetting, in fact,
downright devastating, for the animals, for our staff, 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
dogs or cats, or on shelter animals, for life. So try to bear with us
and be patient. Understand that going through the process the way we do
really is the best policy, for all of us.
THANK YOU for your patience and uncerstanding.
Just like you, our main concern is the well-being of our animals.
They have gone through enough, its time for a change.
- The process is the same for everyone; our animals deserve the best so we seek the best
- It's not our intent to frustrate you, or make it hard for you, we are only seeking good matches
- Our concerns are just like yours; the wellbeing of our pets