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Adopting A Pet, A Short Guide

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For foster dogs and cats available for adoption plan a visit to watch them in their habitats. Spend some time with them and see who “speaks” to you. You will be amazed at who is waiting for you. Some foster centers host adoption days once in a while.

If you are interested in meeting a dog or cat in between adoption days, you should contact the caretakers to make the arrangements. Remember, some of the cats and dogs for adoption are playing at shelter every day, but some stay on the couch at their foster homes!

You must meet the animal prior to adoption and don’t expect or ask for animals to be shipped. However if you are interested in out-of-state adoptions you need to travel for them.

Adoption Process – What to expect

Usually, you will first be asked to complete a matchmaking form, in which you answer questions regarding your home and lifestyle.

You will then talk with one or two experienced “animal matchmakers” to make sure that the right pet is matched to the right family.

You also could be asked to a home visit prior to the adoption and sign an adoption contract.

Find out if the adoption fee covers all current vaccines, deworming, spaying or neutering, microchipping, testing, a free post-adoption vet exam and 30 – 45 days of free ShelterCare vet health insurance for your peace of mind. And also if at the time of adoption you will be given medical records of the cat/dog you are adopting.

Your adopted pet’s vaccines should be current at the time of adoption. Vaccines given include rabies, FVRCP (cats), and DHLPP & bordetella (dogs).

Note: For puppies and kittens: if they have not completed their vaccine booster series when adopted, the adoptive family will be responsible for finishing the vaccines. If the puppy/kitten is younger than 4 months of age, then the adoptive family will be responsible for getting their rabies vaccine.

Ask if:

The pets will be spayed/neutered before adoption.

The pets will have been dewormed at least one time.

The pets have already been microchipped (except for small kittens). Will your new pet be registered with 24PetWatch, a national database. In this case, if your pet is ever missing, found, and scanned by a vet or shelter, he or she can be returned to you.

Cats should have tested negative for FIV and feline leukemia. Dogs should have tested negative for Heartworms and be current on Heartworm Prevention.