Each pet that comes to us has had the misfortune of becoming homeless for one reason or another. Our goal is to make sure each one is healthy, spayed or neutered, properly vaccinated, and microchipped (dogs only) and then to place them in forever homes so, hopefully, they will never be homeless or lonely again. We have a responsibility to these pets, and we take that responsibility very seriously.
Each of the pets - both pups and kitties - will live temporarily with a foster family, as a member of that family. Foster families assess the temperament, behaviors and needs of each pet. They work with the pups on crate-training, housetraining, leash walking, and basic commands such as 'sit,' 'down,' 'off,' and 'leave it.'
Our adoptable pets are posted on our website as well as on Petfinder.com, Pets911.com, Adopt-a-Pet.com and several other sites.
The adoption process:
Step 1: Complete the appropriate Adoption Application. There are different applications for dogs and cats. You can complete the form online - go to the 'Forms/Applications' link on the left side of the page. Then click on 'Fill Out' and you will be taken directly to the form. Once submitted, it comes directly to us. You should get a message immediately if your application has been successfully submitted
Step 2: We thoroughly review completed applications, do reference checks and home visits as needed. Please remember that adopting a pet is making a commitment of 10-15 years, so we do not take any shortcuts in processing applications. It is our responsibility to place these pets in the very best homes we can possibly find for them. Application processing can usually be done in 7-14 days. Sometimes it may take longer if we have a problem reaching your references or finding another rescue to do a home visit for out-of-town or out-of-state adoptions.
Step 3: After your reference checks are completed and your Adoption Application is tentatively approved, we will schedule a home visit* and a time for you to meet the pet that just might be the newest member of your family. We will ask that all family members be present for the meet-and-greet ... including all other family pets.
*We generally limit adoptions to families within 75 miles of our location in Huddleston, VA. There may be exceptions made but application processing for remote adoptions usually takes longer because we must find another rescue to help us by conducting a home visit. This is required.*
**Please remember that we are an all volunteer, home-based rescue organization. We do not have a public shelter facility, so all meetings for potential adopters and fosters are done by appointment only. Many of our volunteers work full-time jobs, so most of our appointments are scheduled for Saturdays between 11 am and 4 pm and Sundays between 1 pm and 5 pm. Of course, we will always try to be as flexible as possible when scheduling meet-and-greets.**
Step 4: After the meeting, if everything seems to be a perfect match, the final step is the signing of the Adoption Contract, payment of the adoption donation*, and taking your new family member home.
*Adoption donations are variable between $50 and $80 for cats and between $100 and $350 for dogs depending on a number of things such as age, breed, health concerns, vet expenses incurred while in rescue, etc.