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How to Adopt
an Animal from
*The first step is to consider what kind of animal
is best for your family. Do
you lead an active lifestyle, or a quiet one? Do you have children? Do you live
in an apartment, a townhouse, or a home with a big yard? We want you and your
companion animal to look forward to a long, happy lifetime together. Choosing an
animal that fits your lifestyle helps make that happen.
Next, meet our wonderful animals
who are looking for good
homes. This web site lists most of the animals that are currently up
for adoption. The pictures and biographies will give you a quick introduction to them. Or come
to one of our adoption shows, where you can meet some of the animals and also
chat with their "foster parents". All the animals do not attend all the shows,
however; it is a good idea to submit a no-obligation application. Once we
receive your application an AF volunteer will contact you. In this way we can
make sure you will get to meet the dog or cat you are interested in.
* Adopting a companion animal is a family
responsibility. All the
members of the household should be involved in the adoption, and the
application must be signed by a family member who is 18 years or older.
* Your application will be
reviewed by a small group of
experienced volunteers. The form helps give us background on your household and
prior experience with animals. If you
do not hear from AF within 10 working days of your submission, you may assume
your application was declined.
* If your application is pursued, we first conduct
a vet check. This confirms that you keep your current pets up to date with
vaccinations and other care. We verify that pets are allowed if you rent your
apartment or home. We do a house check; this verifies that the dog or cat
is suited to your household and that you are in fact ready to bring a new animal
into the family. This process generally takes a few days to 2
Animal Friends is interested in
finding the best permanent homes for our animals. If we receive more than one application for the
same dog or cat, we will try to choose the best home for the animal. In
addition, we reserve the right to turn down an application if for any reason we find that it is
not suitable for the animal. It may seem that we are being overcautious, but
these policies are based on hard experience.
* Our adoption fee is $75-$350 for dogs and $65-$200
for cats, based on demand. This covers the spay or neuter surgery, rabies
vaccination, other vaccinations and worming while at the shelter, heartworm or
feline leuk/FIV test, heartworm preventive, flea and tick treatment, earmite
treatment for cats, temperament assessment, collar and leash for dogs, carrier
for cats, a bag of Science Diet food, a goody bag with toys and pet care
information, and one month of free pet health insurance. Adoption prices for
animals not listed are figured on an individual basis. Please ask anyone of our
AF volunteers for adoption prices.
**If at any time the adopter can no
longer care for the animal, THEY MUST immediately contact Animal Friends and
return the animal to The Animal Friends Center.
(The adopter may not give away nor take
the animal to a shelter). **