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Adoption FAQS

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Published on November 15, 2016. Last modified on June 18, 2020

Thinking of Adopting a Pet?

We want an adoption of shelter pet to be successful. So, before you make it final, we ask that you make sure you are ready for the commitment of a new pet. 

General Questions

  • Are you able to have pets at your current residence?
  • Does anyone in the family have allergies?
  • Do your current pets, if any, get along with other animals
  • What happened to the last pet you had?
  • How long do you expect to keep this pet?
  • If you had to move, what would you do with this pet?
  • When you go on vacation, what will you do with this pet?

Girl with kittenInterested in Adopting a Cat?

  • Who will be responsible for caring for the cat, realistically?
  • Where will the cat stay during the day?
  • When will the cat go outside?
  • Where will the cat be at night?
  • Where will you place the litter box?
  • How will your keep the cat from scratching furniture?
  • How will your other cats adjust to a new addition to the family? Visa versa?
  • Do you know the activity levels of cats, at all ages and how you can exercise them?

Interested in adopting a Dog?

  • Who will be responsible for caring for the dog, realistically?
  • Where will the dog stay during the day? Is someone home during the day?
  • Where will the dog sleep at night?
  • Where will the dog be in bad weather?
  • If the dog is not house broken how will you train it?
  • Do you know what crate training is and how to crate train a dog/puppy?
  • What is your training/obedience plan for the dog?
  • Do you know where to seek assistance should behavior issue arise?
  • If this puppy gets larger than expected, what would you do?
  • How will your other dogs adjust to a new addition to the family?

Some helpful links for pet care and ownership:

ASPCA Pet Care

American Veterinary Medical Association

Found Animals Resources

Finding Rover Resources

 

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