WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I SUBMIT AN APPLICATION?
When your application is received, it will be sent to one of our Application Reviewers. Our Application Reviewers will check/verify all information to make sure the information is accurate and there are no omissions. Reviewers will also be providing a preliminary review to see if the initial home conditions/requirements meet the needs of the animal.
HOW SOON WILL I HEAR BACK?
We do our best to review all applications as quickly as possible. While we strive to complete application reviews within 4 - 5 days, it may take longer if we cannot reach references or if information is incomplete. Incomplete applications or omitted information will slow down the process and may result in a denial. If you have any questions during the process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember that we are an all volunteer organization. All application reviews are being done around work hours.
Once an application is conditionally approved, you will be notified. We will also share your application with the foster home who, at times, may contact you directly to discuss your needs/wants in relation to the animal to help determine the best fit for the dog. Please note that a phone call does NOT guarantee a meet/greet or adoption of the dog.
In many cases, we receive multiple applications for a dog. We are always looking for the best fit for both the adoptive family as well as the dog. As a result, we do not adopt out a dog to the first application that requests the dog. If the first application received and/or approved is a good fit for the dog then a meet and greet may be scheduled. However, that is not always the case and an applicant who may have applied at a later date may have the opportunity to a meet/greet with the dog first, if they seem to be the better fit. A meet/ greet is NOT a guarantee that an adoption will occur.
During the review, we may identify that the dog you are interested in is not a fit for your home/needs. If you are conditionally approved to adopt but the dog isn't a good fit for you, we may recommend another dog that may be a better fit for you or we can hold your application open for a possible future dog.
HOW DO I MEET THE DOG?
We DO NOT set up meet and greets without a completed/approved application. We do not have a facility that you can visit. Our dogs reside in foster homes, so we must coordinate multiple schedules to accommodate meet and greets. At times, you may be able to meet a dog at one of our adoption events. YOU WILL NOT be able to take a dog home from an event.
The meet/greet is another part of our process. We normally schedule meet and greets at the same time as home check visits so that we can ensure that the environment is appropriate for the dog and that you, your family and your pets have a good initial interaction. While we will view initial interactions at this time and make recommendations we highly stress limited interactions and decompression time, for at least 2 weeks, when you welcome any animal into your home. We will provide you with guidelines on what that means if you advance into an adoption trial, or you can view that information in our Resources and Training materials on this website at any time. Please note: If you cancel a meet and greet appointment or fail to return calls to arrange a meet and greet, your application may be placed on hold and we may move on to the next application.
WHAT IS AN ADOPTION TRIAL?
We offer our adopters a 2 week trial adoption period. Although we do our best to provide you with as much information as possible about the dog, we recognize that it sometimes takes spending some time with the dog to really ensure a fit. Please remember, your environment and you are strange to a dog. Give the dog time to get to know you and your home before you invite the neighbors/family over to meet him/her or take him/her out on the town. Our dogs are very important to us and we want to set them, and you, up for success. We are available throughout the trial period to answer questions and highly recommend all adopters review the resources and training information on this website.
We do require a $100 deposit at the start of the trial. The remaining fee is due immediately at the conclusion of the trial period. Failure to pay the remaining fee on time may result in an additional per day late fee or surrender of the dog back to the rescue. Why are we now requiring this? Quite simply, if you can't make a decision by then and fulfill your commitment YOU are now holding the dog back from finding a home that can. Our dogs are not a commodity. Our goal is to find them a committed, loving home. Respectfully, if you can't honor this commitment, then, please don't apply.
ALL money donated to the rescue or collected through adoption fees goes directly to the care of our dogs which includes vet care, supplies, administrative supplies, food and training. We do not have any paid staff. Thank you for considering adopting!
Senior cats (7 years and older): $60
Adult cats (6 months-6 years): $80
Kittens (less than 6 months): $100
Senior for Seniors dogs (7 years and up): $150
Adult dogs (2 yrs and older): $250-$350
Puppies (up to 2 years) and/or including small dogs under 25 lbs
(under 7 years): $350
* Fees are subject to change. Additional fees may be added if equipment, such as a crate, are supplied at time of adoption or excessive medical treatment needed to be provided to the pet. All fees will be disclosed to potential adopters prior to contract creation and close.