The Adoption Process

So, you found an adoptable you fell in love with?  That’s great!  Whether you fell in love online or at an adoption event the process is the same.


Step One:  Fill out an Adoption Application HERE.

One of our volunteers will review your application and do a vet reference check.  If you currently are renting, we will need to verify that pets are allowed and if there are any breed or size restrictions.  If you are a young adult living with roommates or family members, we will need to speak with everyone in the home.  We know waiting for a response is the worst part, and please know that we try to process applications as quickly as possible!  Typically a response can take up to 3 days.  Please keep in mind that most of our volunteers have day jobs and social commitments which don’t always allow an immediate response. Contacting the rescue with follow-up emails and calls during this waiting time will slow down the process for everyone.  Making sure you provide complete and accurate information can help the process go smoothly.

Please note:  The rescue’s policy is that we do not adopt to homes that have unspayed/unnuetered pets or pets who are not up-to-date on vaccinations.  All of our adoptables  are required to be indoor pets only.

Step Two:  Phone Interview

Once your application has been reviewed, one of our volunteers will call you to ask any questions they may have about training, prior/current pets, life style, etc.  This is also a great opportunity to ask any questions you might have about your potential new family member!

Step Three: Home Visit

A home visit isn’t required for every adoption, but often we like to do one if there are children or other pets in the home.  We feel it’s important to make sure everyone falls in love and are a good fit.  A home visit doesn’t mean that the adoption is guaranteed approved, it’s just part of the “getting to know each other” process.  A pet is a commitment that can last for over a decade depending on the adoptable’s age.  With that in mind, we try to be as thorough as possible to make sure it’s a great match for everyone!

Step Four:  Adoption Approved!

Congrats!  Your application has been approved!  Once all criteria has been met, an Adoption Agreement will be signed.  At this time the adoption fee is payable in cash only.  For questions about the Adoption Agreement, fees, and more, please check out our FAQs.