ADOPTION PROCESS & FEES
Thank you for considering opening your home to one of the animals in our care!
You are about to make a very important commitment that will change your life for the next fifteen years or more. This is not a decision to be made lightly or on impulse. Please think carefully about how this adoption will affect the lives of yourself and your family before you proceed!
We are the advocates and guardians for the animals in our care and we impose the highest standards for their welfare and happiness. We seek adoptive homes that share the same philosophy and have the love, time, space and financial resources to properly care for an animal.
All animals are vet-checked, receive basic vaccinations, are tattooed and spayed or neutered prior to being placed in their adoptive homes. We assess their behaviour and temperaments in order to determine what would be a suitable home for them. If you would like to adopt an animal from us, we will advise you what might be the best-suited pet for your home and your lifestyle.
We don’t take chances; we don’t merely give them a chance. What we want is to give them, with your help, security and love for the rest of their lives.
Please understand that this is a volunteer-run organization. We try to review applications & get back to everyone as quickly as possible, but at peak times, this may take 2-3 days. Please be patient with us, as we really do the best we can!
Step 1: The first step is to fill out an online adoption application form. There are separate forms for dogs and cats, to proceed filing out an application click one of the buttons below.
Step 2: Next we review the application and will then contact you to chat further. We will tell you more about the animal(s) you are interested in and learn a little more about you & your home.
Step 3: If all goes well & we feel that you would be a good match for the animal you are applying for, we will arrange a meeting. We ask that all family members and other animals in the home attend this meeting. Afterward we ask you to go home to think about things overnight before coming to a final decision.
Step 4: If after the meeting, you would like to proceed with the adoption, you would then need to sign our adoption agreement, pay the adoption fee and make arrangements to pick up your new family member!
Please Note: We do not adopt out single cats or kittens to homes with no other cats. We feel that cats need feline companionship in order to be fulfilled. While Dogs are taken for walks and have many opportunities to socialize with other dogs, cats are kept behind walls, in total isolation from their own kind. We feel that the least we can provide them with is another kitty friend to spend their lives with. The only time we make an exception to this rule is the case of an adult cat that refuses to get along with others, despite our every effort to integrate them.
Our adoption fee is $400 for dogs, $500 for dogs under 1, and $100 for cats, $150 for kittens.
These fees do not reflect the value of our animals, but are to be seen as an administration fee, and are not refundable. You will notice that Pound Rescue has the lowest fees for adoption. We feel these fees are high enough to discourage potential adopters from simply “trying out” one of our animals, yet low enough to make it possible for everyone to help and adopt from a rescue organization, instead of getting an animal for free and be faced with far higher vet bills (spay/neuter/vaccination etc.) later.
Please Note: The adoption fee simply helps us to care for our animals. In most cases, these fees do not even cover the initial veterinary costs for the animals that we rescue. The adoption fee includes the spay or neuter surgery, tattoo and/or microchip and some vaccinations.
Pound Rescue reserves the right to refuse an adoption to any individual who does not meet our criteria and to keep the reasons for refusal confidential within our organization.