- The first step in the Adoption Process is to register on our website.
- Once you have registered, the system will generate and email you a password.
- Use your User Name and Password log in to the website.
- Once logged in, you can complete the Adoption Application for the animal in which you are interested.
- Animals that are listed for "Sponsorship" are not yet available for adoption. If you are interested in adopting an animal currently listed for Sponsorship, please wait for the animal's status to change to "Available" to submit an application. You are welcome to sponsor the animal, but Sponsorship does not necessarily guarantee approval to adopt.
- Every application is assigned to and reviewed by an Adoption Counselor who will follow up with you.
- Depending on the volume of applications we receive for a particular animal, the response time may vary from one day to a couple weeks. Please understand that our Adoption Counselors are all volunteers who perform this service in addition to their regular jobs. We appreciate your patience.
- There is no need to complete a new application if you decide on a different animal - just send us an email.
- Not every application will be approved. However, we hope that you understand that every decision we make is with the animal's best interest in mind.
Speak openly and honestly with your Adoption Counselor about your lifestyle. Remember, the Adoption Counselor is interested in finding the most suitable home for every animal and is looking out for the best interest of the animal.
Be realistic about how much time you have to give to a pet. Puppies can get lonely and may sometimes become destructive if left home for extended periods of time. Even adult dogs need to be let out throughout the day. Cats can entertain themselves for longer periods of time; however, all pets need quality time with their pet parents. Assess your schedule, be realistic about how much time you have to give your pet and work with your Adoption Counselor to make the appropriate decision.
In addition to providing children with a loving companion, adopting a pet is a great way to teach kids responsibility. However, some pets, such as very young puppies and kittens may not always be a good match for families with children under the age of five. Children under five years old may sometimes be unable to judge how roughly they are handling small pets. Thus, adult pets with mellow, patient personalities may be a better match for families with children under five years old. Each application will be considered on its own merits and having children under 5 in the household does not necessarily preclude adoption of puppies or kittens.
Our Adoption Counselors always try to gather information about our adoptable animals’ likes and dislikes, especially when it comes to compatibility with other pets. For instance, some cats don’t mind dogs, and other cats are terrified of them. Some dogs do not do well with other dogs in the household, while others will thrive with other canine companions. Your Adoption Counselor will take this sort of information into consideration when evaluating a potential match. If you are applying to adopt a dog and you currently have a dog at home, we strongly encourage you to bring your dog with you to meet your potential new family member. It is recommended to introduce dogs on a neutral territory and an advance meeting can be extremely helpful in determining if introduction of a new canine family member will be successful.