About Our Shelter...
Paws and Claws Animal Adoption and Care Center, Inc. is a nonprofit organization created for the welfare of homeless cats and dogs. Our priority is to facilitate the adoption and care of stray, abandoned, abused or surrendered animals. We will work diligently to place the animals into permanent, loving homes. In the interim, Paws and Claws will provide the animals with clean, safe surroundings and assure they receive veterinary care, proper nourishment, training, rehabilitation and plenty of love, companionship and attention.
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
Our Adoption Process...
Paws and Claws has no set adoption fees - we do not “sell” pets; however, an Adoption Donation of $80 for dogs, $50 for cats, $100 for puppies, and $75 for kitties is requested. This Adoption Donation will help cover the veterinary expenses for the animal. Puppies and kittens will be spayed or neutered before adoption. Basic veterinary expenses such as, examinations, vaccinations and spay or neuter costs average approximately $125 to $175 for each canine and $75 to $125 for each feline. Paws and Claws tries to recoup some of these costs in order to help the next needy animal.
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.