Adopt or Foster a pet?
There are not enough homes for all the animals that are born every year. Adopting and Fostering from our shelter helps weaken the pet overpopulation cycle. Each year 8 to 12 million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are euthanized because there are simply not enough homes for them.
Adoption and Fostering Information
Find out how to adopt or foster a pet quick & easy
Are there any fostering requirements?
To be a successful foster parent, you will need a compassionate nature, the cooperation of your family or roommates, flexibility, and some knowledge of animal behavior. You also must understand that there is a possibility that the foster pet may or may not be adopted when returned to the animal care center. The length of time a foster pet may stay in your home varies with the animal’s situation.
Are there any adoption requirements?
Applicants must be 18 years of age and fill out an online application to be considered for the interested animal. Applicants who provide conflicting or inconsistent information or who misrepresent information on the adoption application or during the interview will not be considered for adoption.
• Applicants cannot:
• Have a documented history of animal abuse or neglect.
• Use the animal for experimental or research purposes.
• Adopt an animal for another person who has been refused and adoption.
• Have a documented history of animal abandonment including an animal being impounded at the shelter and not reclaimed.
• Have a history of surrendering an animal to a facility for reasons which may be considered irresponsible pet ownership (too many animals, refusal or inability to afford sterilization, etc.).
• Have a history whose animal has recently died of an infectious disease or unknown cause deemed suspicious, or who has failed to seek reasonable veterinary care for a sick animal.
• Adopt a small mammal such as a rabbit or guinea pig to use for eating or breeding purposes
• Reside in a rental property in which the landlord does not allow pets
How to avoid picking the wrong pet?
- Don’t decide on a breed of pet that sounds like the best match for your home, without taking into consideration the often WIDE variation in physical and personality characteristics of individual pets. Make sure to spend time and get to know the actual pet you are going to adopt as much as possible, before deciding to adopt that individual pet.
- Don’t adopt a new pet without doing some self reflection, planning and research first. How much time do you have in your life right now to bring in a new pet that may require training? Are you financially ready if your new pet is injured, or gets sick?
- Don’t make an impulse decision on-site. It can be overwhelming at a shelter when there are so many adorable furry faces begging you with their sad yes to “pick me pick me” and take them home! If you get emotional in a shelter setting, take a more objective family member or friend along to make sure you are making as good and rational choice of a match for your lifestyle and pet experience.
- Don’t let your kids sway you to pick an inappropriate pet. While involving your children in the pet adoption selection and adoption process is a wonderful way to teach them about responsible pet ownership and many other important life lessons, you as the adult need to make sure the pet you adopt is a good selection. Do involve children in age-appropriate decision-making parts of the adoption process: they can help pick out the new pet’s toys, or a color of collar, and certainly making sure they and the pet get along is important too!
Vet Q&A: Are pets for adoption healthy?
Pets adopted from us are healthy! Trained specialists evaluate the condition of each animal upon arrival. Ill animals receive appropriate treatment for their ailments.
Furthermore, our animals current on their vaccinations, and we spay or neuter our pets before adoption.
All our animals are suitable for adoption.