Our Adoption Process...
CARES' goal is to place homeless animals into loving homes where the pet will receive top quality care. We take special care to match your home with the right pet, ensuring a lifetime of love for both the pet and the adopter.
To ensure the best matches are made, we have a process that has been proven effective in determining the best homes for our animals.
Please understand that our organization is completely run by unpaid volunteers who dedicate their free time to help animals in need. While we make every effort to make the adoption process fast, thorough, efficient, we must work together to ensure we have everything we need to make this happen. Please read through the information below to become familiar with our adoption process and the information you will need to provide.
Please understand that the animals we rescue have likely been mistreated in their past. Our process exists to ensure that these animals are never put in a position of harm again. We are unwilling to sacrifice being thorough when the pet’s future is at stake. We thank you for your time and patience throughout our adoption process. Please let a CARES representative know if you have any questions. You may reach us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 985-246-9765.
Step 1 – Fill out an Adoption Application
The first step is to have you fill out an adoption application. This application will tell us about you and your lifestyle, training beliefs and background with animals.
Step 2 – Application Preliminary Review
Our application review volunteers will initially screen your application to determine if all necessary information was provided. You may be contacted to provide additional information.
Step 3 – Landlord Approval Verified
If it is determined that you rent your home, your landlord will be contacted to make sure you have approval to have a pet. We also ask about any breed or size limitations. If you are approved for adoption, written approval must be provided by your landlord before you can take possession of the animal.
If your landlord does not allow for a dog in your home, your application will be denied at this point in the process.
Step 4 – Veterinary References Contacted
Our volunteers will contact the veterinary reference(s) you provided to determine if all your current pets are spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations. If you don’t have any current pets, we will ask about the veterinary care that your previous pets received. If you have never owned a pet, this step is skipped.
If your veterinary reference(s) cannot verify the spay/neuter and vaccination status of current or previous pets, processing of your application will be stopped until you can provide this information.
Step 5 – Personal References Contacted
Our volunteers will contact your personal references and ask them questions in regards to whether they consider you to be a responsible pet owner.
This is the portion of the process that can take the most amount of time. It is helpful if you contact your references and ask them to return our calls in a timely manner.
If our reference checking volunteers have any major concerns about adopting a pet to you based on communication with your references, your application may be denied at this point in the process.
Step 6 – Home Visit and Applicant Interview
Our organization requires home visits to determine that the animal will be living in a safe environment. This is an informal chance for us to get to know you, your lifestyle, home environment and to determine which pet(s) in our program might be the best fit. The home visit volunteer will do a short walk-through of your home and yard to ensure its safety and to advise on any areas of concern. All household members must be present for the home visit.
If our home visit volunteers have any major concerns about your home environment, or if you refuse a home visit, your application will be denied at this point in the process.
Distance is a factor in whether or not the required home visit can be completed. We are a 100% volunteer run organization. Although we do have volunteer contacts in many areas, some areas may be difficult for us to locate a volunteer to conduct the home visit. We will let you know ASAP if your application needs to be denied due to our inability to find a volunteer to conduct the home visit.
Step 7 – Meeting between Approved Applicant & Available Dogs
Our organization does not have a shelter where the animals can be visited. Our pets are housed in foster homes. Unless you are meeting our dogs at a pet adoption event or our cats at the Petsmart Adoption Center, we do not normally arrange meetings between interested individuals and our fosters until an applicant has been approved via this adoption process.
Once you have been approved, a volunteer (usually the foster) will contact you about scheduling a time for you to meet the pet(s) you are interested in. This meeting may occur at the foster’s residence or your home.
Our process is not always first come, first serve. Just because you are determined to be an approved adopter, you are NOT guaranteed a particular animal. For some pets we receive many applications so we may allow multiple applicants to have a meeting with the pet before we choose the home that we feel will be the best fit. Also, if the volunteer involved in the meeting with you and the pet does not feel you are a good fit, you may be denied adoption, but you may be allowed to adopt another pet.
Step 8 – Adoption
If you have decided upon a pet that you would like to adopt, you are required to sign a legal adoption contract and to provide payment of the adoption donation fee. At that time, you become the owner of the pet.
If at any time after adoption, you are having issues with the pet, please call 985-246-9765 or email email@example.com and inform us. A volunteer will contact you ASAP. Should the adoption not work out or you need to rehome the animal, we require, by legal contract, that the animal be returned to us.
Step 9 – Optional Post Adoption Follow-up Visit
Our adoption contract contains a clause that allows one of our volunteers or a representative the ability to perform a follow-up visit. We may require such a visit if we feel that the terms of the adoption contract are not being met. CARES is committed to the life, health and well-being of every dog we place for the remainder of that dog’s life. Should the adoption not work out or you need to rehome the animal, we require, by legal contract, that the dog be returned to us. Please notify us ASAP by calling 985-246-9765.