Can I bring a pet home for a trial adoption, and return it if it doesn’t work?
We discourage this because the animals in our care have already been disappointed by people once, when they lost their home and family by being surrendered, dumped, or unclaimed. We are looking for adopters who understand that animals are not disposable, that they feel things deeply, and that there will be an adjustment period with any new animal. In essence, we are looking for adopters who will be committed to making it work for life.
Are adoptions first come, first serve?
Adoptions are done in the best interest of the animal. If there are several people wanting to adopt the same animal, we will choose the person we feel will be the best fit for that particular animal.
Does an animal have to be spayed? I would like to breed by pet.
Spay/neuter is required for all adoptable animals. We want to be part of the solution to homeless pets and animal over population.
Will my new pet be vaccinated?
All animals are up to date on their vaccinations. However, in the case of puppies and kittens, this is not the same thing as being fully vaccinated. When you adopt, you will receive a record of your new animal’s vaccinations. For puppies and kittens, who receive a series of vaccinations to protect against serious diseases, this series might need to be continued, on the schedule provided, after your animal goes home. Your new animal might also be too young for some vaccinations at the time of adoption. It will be your responsibility to keep up on these vaccinations, on time, so your new animal builds the immunity they need to stay healthy.
Do you give discounts on adoption fees?
No, we don’t. In the first place, a discount implies an animal has less value. Second, our adoption fees do not cover the costs of adoption preparation, including vet exams, spay, vaccinations, parasite control, not to mention daily care and food. Further, if an animal has been treated for an injury or illness, we do not pass on those costs, which can be thousands of dollars, to the adopter. Third, if you think our adoption fees are too much, please consider if you will be willing and able to meet the animal’s care needs for the rest of their life.
Will you provide a complete background on the animal I adopt?
We will provide all the information we have, including medical records, insights into their personality and behavior, and feeding routine. However, with rescued animals, sometimes there are unknowns. For instance, we might not know their exact date of birth, about their previous living conditions, or their precise breed mix.