Adopt a Cat or Dog
Adopting a pet is a serious commitment. We strongly encourage anyone thinking about adding a four legged member to the family to do plenty of research and be prepared for this commitment, which can last for many happy years.
Animal Outreach will work directly with you, providing individualized attention and support in order to help you find the perfect pet for your family. Rescue pets sometimes suffer from anxiety and it is good to be prepared for a transition period with your new pet.
We provide as much information on each animal's history, disposition and health as we can gather. We strongly believe that honesty is the best policy.
Pet Adoption Questionnaire, Interview, Home Visit
You will first be required to complete our Adoption Application. Once received, an Animal Outreach volunteer will contact you via phone or e-mail. If it seems you are a good fit for each other based on the info you provided, a phone interview will follow. If you are renting, we require proof that you are allowed to have a pet as well as any breed or size restrictions that may exist. If you have pets or did previously, we require your vet information and we will call them to verify that your pets are in good health, current on vaccines and spayed/neutered. We require that all pets in the home be spayed/neutered unless there are health reasons that can be verified with the vet. The final step is a home visit, where an AO volunteer comes to your home to verify your home is a safe place for an animal. It is also a time where the volunteer can answer questions and discuss safety precautions.
Pet Adoption Agreement
In our Adoption Agreement, we require that every animal be spayed/neutered prior to adoption. This is critical as the overpopulation of dogs and cats in our country is a sad result of too many unplanned litters! If for any reason the match is not as perfect as we all had hoped, the dog or cat must be returned to Animal Outreach, not given away or turned in to a shelter. Our contract is legally binding and we take it very seriously.
Animal Outreach requires adopters to be at least 21 years of age. We will require proof of age to finalize any adoption.
Pet Adoption Fee
Animal Outreach’s adoption fees depend on type of animal, the originating shelter and the veterinary care the animal has received. Our adoption fees are set to allow us to defray our expenses as well as to help other animals in our program that require additional care. Our fees cover veterinary costs, fuel for transport, copying and printing of contracts and paperwork, our website presence, food, boarding, behavioral training and additional medical care. It is important to note that while the animal you adopt may not require all of these things, many other animals in our system do. Thus, any "extra" money from adoption fees goes to help those animals who may require additional care. By adopting from Animal Outreach, you are not saving just one life, you are helping to save others as well.