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.
Thank you for your interest in adoption!
Our adoption process works a bit different than other shelters and rescues and we don't have a facility because we are foster based. Like most foster-based organizations, we set up all appointments on an individual basis. Prior to any meet and greets, we require an approved application so we will need to go through all the steps before having you meet any of the available dogs here in Wisconsin. We cannot guarantee the availability of any dog until all application materials are submitted and approved (including homevisit and reference calls). With the nature of our rescue, there is no shortage of available dogs just like this one, so we do highly recommend that folks continue through the process so that we can help find you a match!
If you would like to begin the preapproval process, you can visit this link to fill it out: http://bit.ly/1IIlGFS
Please note: Applicants must be 21 or older and we do not make exceptions to this age requirement. All applicants should be residing in their permanent residence at time of application. If you are moving, we do ask that you wait to apply until youhave completely moved into your new residence before completing an application. If you are renting, the name and number of your landlord must be provided (we cannot process without), and permission must be given to contact him or her. If permission is not given, we will not continue to process the application. We do not adopt dogs that are listed on the restricted breed list to any applicants who are renting.
We start with the completed application and then complete a background check to ensure the safety of our home visit representatives and our rescue pets. We invite applicants to share more about potential issues on your background check, but do want to note that we will not send a representative to a home where crimes of a violent nature have been committed. Next, we check vet records. Please do not apply if you have a dog or cat that is not altered, or is not up to date on vaccinations, unless there is a documented medical reason. We require a minimum of a rabies vaccination for cats or current wellness exam, and rabies and DHLPP for dogs in the home. Heartworm preventative and testing is also a high priority on our vet checks.
Prior to completing an application, please contact your veterinarian to give permission for a release of records. Vet information must be provided for any and all pets who have been in your care in the last five years.
The next step is a homevisit with family and one of our representatives. Home visits can take several weeks to schedule due to volunteer availability and based on your location. Please note: we are 100% volunteer run and we are limited in the areas we can get to. Some locations can take an extended time to locate a representative and new volunteers may need to be recruited to complete your visit. Out of state applications are accepted, however, processing time can be delayed and priority is given to in-state residents. Representatives may call your references before or after the visit.
Once we have gathered all this information, we provide it to the Houston team. Then, we can set up a meet and greet with available dogs.
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Our adoption process works a bit different than other shelters and rescues! Paddy's Paws serves as a coordinator for Houston rescues. We send out the applications, arrange homevisits and secure back up fosters for each of the dogs that will be transported here. Like most foster-based organizations, we do not have a facility and set up all appointments on an individual basis. Prior to any meet and greets, we require an approved application so we will need to go through all the steps before having you meet any of the available dogs here in Wisconsin.
The application, reference checks and homevisit are considered part of the general approval process and we cannot guarantee that a specific dog will still be available when you complete the process, but doing so will get you access to our "match making" service where you will have bios and pictures of multiple dogs that may be exactly what you're looking for! And, of course, there's always the possibility that the dog that sparked your initial interest will still be available!
Begin your application process here: http://bit.ly/1IIlGFS
We start with the completed application and then check references/vet records. The next step is a homevisit with family and one of our representatives. Once we have gathered all this information, we provide it to the Houston team. Then, we can set up a meet and greet with available dogs.
Begin your application process here: http://bit.ly/1IIlGFS If you are unable to click on this link, please copy and paste into your browser.
Pets under 6 months must be spayed or neutered by adopters.
Once approved all adopters will be required to sign a contract. Thank you.
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.