1. Schedule an Appointment - Every adoption begins with your personalized counsel from our Adoptions Team. By scheduling your appointment online and completing the included survey, you will alert the team to your desire to adopt and the requirements you
need in a pet. This is when our team goes to work for you!
2. Browse Available Animals - While you wait for your scheduled appointment, browse the available animals online to get an idea of who you'd like to meet first. Go ahead and pick a few since availability cannot be guaranteed. If the picture of the pet you like is displayed with a blue banner, that means the animal is here at the shelter
and you can meet them in person. If they are displayed with a yellow banner, that means the animal is currently being cared for by one of our amazing foster families. In this case, please complete the Foster Animal Inquiry Form. If they are displayed with a gray banner, that means the animal is available as a private rehome and you can contact the current owner directly!
3. Plan ahead - This is a great time to start planning for the reality of bringing a new pet into your home. If you plan to adopt a cat, kitten or small animal, we require you to transport the animal from our facility to your vehicle in a pet carrier, so go ahead and get one ready. Don't have one? Relax, we can provide you with a cardboard pet carrier for $7. If you plan to adopt a dog or puppy, we require you to have the animal leashed before leaving the facility, so go ahead and bring one in your favorite color!
4. Meet and Greet - This is when it gets exciting! Arrive at the shelter at your scheduled time and meet the animals you picked. Plan on spending about an hour with us so we can make sure all of your questions are answered. During this time, our Adoptions Team will provide you with personalized counseling, including sharing all of the medical, behavioral, and breed-specific information available for each pet as well as walk you through the process of bringing your new pet home and introducing it to your family. If the animal you're interested in is with a foster family, all adoption counseling will occur virtually, either by phone or video chat. In this case, we ask that you are prepared to bring home your pet within 24 to 48 hours of your virtual counseling session.
5. Going Home - The best part! If your new pet has already been spayed or neutered and is ready to go, we'll finalize your paperwork and payment, and you're all set to take them home! Again, don't forget to have a pet carrier or leash handy. If your new pet is still with a foster family, our Foster Coordinator will reach out after counseling to coordinate a mutually agreed upon time and place for pickup, and we ask that you take a carrier or leash to this meeting as well. Once you're home, remember that your new pet will require some time to get used to their new environment, so please reference our Bringing Home My New Pet webpage and be patient as you both adjust, and begin your exciting new adventure together!