Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
Paws and Claws Animal Adoption and Care Center, Inc. is a resource for the animals and the community. We will be an establishment that the community is proud to support knowing that we will do everything possible to provide the animals with a “New Beginning”. Paws and Claws will strive to operate an inviting facility to the public and provide a friendly and enjoyable adoption experience. Our facility will be comfortable and healthy to assure a low stress environment for the animals and the public. We will support and conduct educational and informational activities to increase public awareness of pet overpopulation and the importance of spaying and neutering. Through these efforts we will promote responsible pet ownership.
Paws and Claws Animal Adoption and Care Center, Inc. is not only committed to the welfare of animals, but to the betterment of the community. We will endeavor to bring together adoptable animals and community members. In so doing we will be a hub where efforts to help animals and compassionate public support come together to create an enhanced family unit.
It is our commitment to:
• Find good homes for animals in need
• Provide a clean, healthy and enriching environment
• Assure timely and proper medical treatment
• Be fiscally responsible
• Treat animals and the public with respect
• Provide education and training to help people better care for their pets and keep them as members of their family
Adoption Applicant Requirements Include:
Must be 18 years of age or older
Must provide a valid driver’s license or identification
Must reside in the home where the animal will be placed
Application must be filled out by the adopter; no one is allowed to complete the application on behalf of a potential adopter.
If the applicant rents a home, Landlord information will be required including a statement from the Landlord agreeing to allow pets.
When the adopter has selected the pet they wish to adopt, they will fill out an Adoption Questionnaire. The questionnaire will provide information about their past experience with pets, the type of pet they are looking for and also their expectations of the new pet. The purpose of the questionnaire is not to exclude them from adopting. It is simply a tool that helps the Center match people with a pet that would best fit their lifestyle and expectations.
Before an adoption can be approved, the following is required:
Applicant has spent time to get acquainted with the animal they are interested in
Applicant has been interviewed by a Paws and Claws volunteer
All family members and/or roommates must meet the animal
If there are other animals in the home, an introduction will be needed to assure the animals compatibility and documentation that the other animals are current on vaccinations and spayed or neutered
A home check may or not be required; each adoption will vary due to the needs of the particular animal. If a home check is required, a convenient time for all parties will be set.
FINALIZING THE ADOPTION
Review the contract with the adopter. Discuss each item in the contract and ask the adopter to initial each one.
Review Paws and Claws return policy.
Review the animal’s medical information.
Scan the animal to assure that the microchip information is correct.
Obtain the Adoption Donation.
Explain Paws and Claws follow-up procedure.
Have the adopter sign and date the adoption agreement. The Paws and Claws volunteer coordinating the adoption must sign as well.
Give the adopter a copy of the adoption agreement and the animal’s medical records.
Adopters do not always call the Center when they experience a problem; therefore, it is important to follow-up after the adoption to assure problems are addressed in a timely manner. Good follow-up helps lower the return rate and maintains a successful adoption relationship.
Adoption follow-up contacts via telephone or e-mail will be done:
Three days after the adoption,
Three weeks after the adoption, and
Three months after the adoption.
Some important questions to ask include:
How is the animal settling into the new routine and home?
Are there any behavioral issues that we can assist with?
Has the animals name been changed?
How are the other pets in the home adjusting to the newest member of the family?
All information received from the adopter will be recorded in the animal’s file.
No matter how careful the Center will be in attempting to match the right pet with the right family, there will be occasions where animals are returned to the Center. Adoption Donations are not refundable.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.