HOW TO ADOPT
We work hard to make adopting easy while doing everything we can to ensure you and your new canine companion are a great match.
We post information on all our adoptable dogs on our website. In addition, we take our dogs to adoption events at local retailers in the area. These events enable you to see our dogs in person and interact with them and our volunteers.
We do not do onsite adoptions at these events. We have found the best way to make the matches between adopters and our dogs is to have potential adopters first complete an application and then come to our shelter to spend some time with the dogs they are interested in.
If you’ve found a dog or dogs you’re interested in, we ask you to complete and submit our online application. We carefully review the information you’ve provided with the goal of making the best possible match for you and our dog. Our primary goal is to place our dogs in suitable and loving “forever” homes. We occasionally have more than one adopter interested in a dog. We will let you know if that’s the case with a dog you’ve expressed interest in. Our current adoption fee is $150. All our dogs are neutered, microchipped, dewormed, current on shots, and checked by a veterinarian.
After we’ve reviewed your adoption application, we’ll contact you to arrange your visit to the shelter to meet the dog or dogs you’re interested in. While we have regular business hours, we’ll work with you to schedule your “meet and greet” at a time that works best for you
The purpose of the “meet and greet” is to make sure you and your prospective pet are a good fit. We ask you to bring your current pet(s) and any family members to this session so you can experience first-hand how everybody gets along. During your “meet and greet” you’ll spend quality time with your prospective dog. You’ll interact with our staff who will share their first-hand experiences with the dog you’re meeting.
You may decide that you’ve met your perfect match at the “meet and greet” or you may decide this isn’t a good fit for you or you may want a little more time to think about it. We will not pressure you into a decision because we understand how important and life changing this is for you and for our dogs.
If you’ve found your new best friend at your meet and greet, that’s wonderful!
When we unite you with your new family member, we’ll give you:
- Important documentation about your dog’s social and medical history.
- A small bag of the food your dog has been eating so you can transition to his/her new diet
- Your dog’s microchip information
We’ll work with you to transfer the microchip credentials to you. You’ll want to pass this information to your own veterinarian.
We also recommend that this first trip home in your car have a quiet atmosphere with your new dog traveling in a crate for that first ride.
With your permission, we’ll post you and your new best friend in Success Stories on our website, on our Facebook page and in our newsletter to celebrate your adoption. If you’re changing your dog’s name, let us know so we can update our records.
About 2-4 weeks after adoption you’ll receive a note from us in the mail along with your PetSmart coupon booklet.
Now comes the transition time for your family and your new dog. We find the best course is to give assimilation around a week or so and then assess how things are going. In the unlikely event there’s an abrupt change in behavior, either aggressive or lethargic, call us. Sometimes all it takes is talking things through on the phone and sharing our experiences and insights into your dog’s personality and history.
And please keep in touch with us as we love to get pictures and updates on our adopted dogs.