Pet Adoption Process: Everything You Need To Know – PetPlop

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PetPlop -July 13 2020

Pet Adoption Process:
Everything You Need To Know 

Pet Adoption Process Steps

We still remember our excitement when welcoming a new Pet to our tribe. Our PLOP Family has adopted cats, dogs, chickens, ducks, a horse, and even donkeys!

Even tho, the adoption process might seem a bit challenging or confusing, we believe that opening our hearts to a hopeless soul and giving them a second chance in our loving family, brings us a rewarding and unconditional love that makes the adoption process worthy.

Why Should You Adopt a Pet? 

So, you might be asking yourself, Should I buy a pet or adopt?

Adopting a pet means that you're giving a homeless animal a new life in a loving and caring family. Often, animals in rescues or shelters come from abusive homes or come from the street.

So when you adopt a pet, you bring happiness into their lives and a new beginning in a pawsome family. So, please, if you're considering buying a dog from a pet store, you should seriously consider the benefits of adopting instead. 

What is the process of adopting a pet? 

Sometimes, even tho we really want to save a life from a shelter, we might not be a suitable candidate.

Shelters have interview processes to check that every potential adopting family is the correct one for each pet before finalizing the adoption process. The goal is to ensure that each pet for adoption goes to a happy, loving family that will be a good match for their personality, and not end up in the shelter again.

Most shelters and rescue centers have similar rules when it comes to the adoption process. The steps every potential family has to follow are 

  • Submit an application for adoption
  • Interviewing with one of the shelter’s counselors and meet suitable rescue pets for your family
  • If you pass the interview, and the animal you chose is the right fit for your family, you might need to pay a small adoption fee before bringing them home

With these steps, shelters try to ensure that each pet finds the perfect loving family for them and that they won’t end up at a shelter again.

Here are some of the questions that you can expect when it comes to the adoption interview: 

  • What is your family situation? (how many kids are in the family and how many adults, does everyone in the household want to adopt a dog)
  • What is your housing situation? (do you live in your own home or are you renting one, what kind of property you have, are you planning to move in the near future)
  • What is your previous experience with pets and do you own any animals right now? (number of pets, history of having pets and what happened to each of them, do you know how to socialize a pet into a new family) 
  • What is your work situation? (are you able to assume financial responsibility for the new pet, how long are your work hours and the commute, will you be leaving your pet alone for long hours due to work)

Yes, it can be a bit personal and some people find the interview intimidating, but remember that these essential questions should help shelters ensure optimal care of the pet form their new family.

The next two groups of questions, help the counselor realize if you’re the right personality match for the dog you want to adopt and vice versa. The shelter’s counselor might ask you: 

  • What kind of lifestyle do you have? (are you an active, outdoorsy person or not, will you take the pet with you on vacations/social events/etc., are you in a relationship and how would a dog or cat fit into)
  • What’s your knowledge about rescue pets? (are you prepared to train and socialize a dog, do you know that sometimes cats end up in a shelter because of abuse and neglect and never fully recover, why do you want to adopt this pet)

Keep in mind, that these questions are not an exam, and that shelters are just ensuring the correct match for both your family and the animal. So, be honest and you will surely find the purr-fect match! 

How long does a pet adoption take? 

Every shelter has different rules and regulations when it comes to pet adoption. The pet adoption process is slightly different for each center, but usually, it is going to take from one day up to one month. 

Why it is better to adopt a pet from a shelter? 

Overburdened shelters take in millions of stray, abused, and lost animals every year. So when you adopt an animal, you're making room for others.

You not only give a second chance to a hopeless animal but when paying the adoption fees, you are helping those shelters with the care for the animals they take in! 

How much it is to adopt a pet? 

Even tho we would love to adopt every homeless animal, there are some expenses that we need to keep in mind before starting the adoption process.

Please notice, that these expenses come from our personal experience and that for a more accurate cost, you might need to check your area’s shelters and veterinarian fees. 

One-Time ExpensesCosts
Adoption fee$20-$150 or more
Spay or neuter$40-$300 *if not part of the adoption fee
Initial vaccinations$20-$100
Registration license$20

Can I adopt a pet for free?

Although you can rescue street animals for free, when finding your next baby at a shelter or rescue center, you will have to pay a fee.

Please consider that your adoption fees cover a lot of veterinary expenses (such as micro-chipping and neutering) that would usually add up after buying a pet.

Rescue centers and shelters cover most of the homeless animals’ costs with the adoption fees, so you are not only helping the fur friend you adopt, but also the ones that stay at the shelter.  

Where can I go to adopt a pet?

So if you are ready to adopt a pet, check your area for shelters and rescue centers, or check one of the amazing organizations that we support.

Meeting the animal in-person helps decide if a large, medium or small size, or breed matches your home, lifestyle, and activity level. 

Yes, it is a lot to take in, but don’t be afraid of the pet adoption process. Every shelter has amazing people working to ensure every pet finds their soul mate family and they are always willing to help you throughout every step of the adoption journey. 

So, are you ready to welcome a new Fur Baby to your loving and caring family? 

Article Credit: PetPlop