What to expect At Pet Rescues:
Many rescues require
you fill out an application before meeting the pet. After they review
your application they contact you with the time and place of their next
community event so you can meet the pet.
Some Rescues after
reviewing your application may decide that a pet you are interested in
is not the best choice for you. This is in your best interest, but can
upset some people. Most will tell you why they do not think the pet is a
good fit and suggest another more suitable pet if they have one.
Most Rescues do
require a home visit. They are quite concerned about their animals and
do not jump at the first person. This is a good thing, remember they
rescued them from kill-shelters, nursed many back to heath, they have
put much time and in most cases, much money into getting this pet ready
The foster pet
person should have lots of information on how the pet behaved in their
home. In addition, how the pet progressed, and any issues still needing
work. The foster person is usually the one who has spent the most time
with the pet and either speaks to you directly or through the
Like with the shelters, most Rescue pets are neutered and have a microchip. Do ask if they don't offer the information.
Like Shelters, the
Rescue folks should have information on IF the pet is suitable for home
with children or other pets. Again, if there is any question it is best
to find another pet.
At Both the Shelter and Rescue: There are adoption fees for both. The amount varies depending on the organization and particular health issues of the pet.
Generally require: an adoption application and an adoption agreement. They may have other paperwork as well.
Have you read Choosing a Pet? It may give you some additional insight. Have fun finding your new pet!