FAQ – Adopting
How much does it cost to adopt?
All of our adoption fees cover age-appropriate vet care, including spay/neuter surgery for all dogs and cats, vaccinations, rabies shots, and de-worming. Currently we request a fee of $150 for dogs and $75 for cats.
We accept cash or check payments for adoption fees. There will be a $25 fee for returned checks.
How do I adopt?
When you are ready to adopt a new friend, we’ll ask you to complete our friendly screening process, which ensures safe and successful adoptions!
- Fill out an Adoption Application.
- We’ll have a brief conversation with you to determine your needs and preferences, find out about your daily schedule, and talk about your previous experience with pets.
- If applicable, we’ll call your veterinarian to ensure that previous pets have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and well cared for.
- For renters, we’ll check with your landlord to ensure that dogs are permitted and that the dog that you’re adopting wouldn’t violate any size or breed restrictions.
- Lastly, we’ll visit your home to see the environment where the dog will live and answer your questions. This is a great opportunity for you to get valuable input on how to integrate your new pet into your home.
This process typically takes less than a week and then you are ready to take your pet home!
Can animals be adopted out-of-state?
Yes – as long as we can arrange a home visit or photos, we can adopt out of our area. However, we do not provide transportation or delivery and priority will be given to local adopters – especially with puppies.
Can we adopt if we live in an apartment?
Different dogs have different exercise needs, and some dogs are a better match for apartment living. We will need to discuss a plan for exercising your dog, including, perhaps, visits to a fenced in dog park. We will work with you to find a dog suitable to your living situation. We’ll also check with your landlord to make sure dogs are allowed in your rental unit. We’ll also check on any weight, size, or breed restrictions. This is particularly important if you are adopting a puppy because we cannot guarantee what size or weight a puppy will grow to be.
How old do I have to be to adopt?
You must be 18 years old to adopt.
Do dogs need fenced yards?
In general we prefer that our dogs have a fenced yard, however this can vary with the type of dog and may require that you have the dog microchipped. We strongly urge you not to let your dog off leash in an un-fenced area. This is particularly important in the first 2-3 months, when your new friend might be prone to wandering off – without knowing the way back home! We do not want our dogs to be chained outside for hours at a time.
Can I let my cat outdoors?
We request that our cats be kept indoors.
For cats, the great outdoors are anything but great. Whether they live in the city, in the suburbs, or in the country, outdoor cats face a multitude of risks. They are exposed to contagious diseases, most of which are fatal. Traffic takes a huge toll on free-roaming cats, and while many people believe their pets are street-wise, no cat looks both ways when being chased by another animal. Further dangers include poisons, leg-hold traps, pet theft, and inhumane treatment by cruel people.
Outdoor cats cause problems, too. They dig and defecate in neighbors’ yards, and as predators, they injure and kill a significant number of wild animals. Cats cannot be trained to ignore their natural hunting instincts. The average life span of an outdoor cat is 2 to 3 years, whereas an indoor-only cat can live 15 to 20 years. Indoor cats are usually healthier, too, which saves on veterinary bills for treatment of contagious diseases, parasites, and abscesses from fights with other animals. The only sure way to safeguard wildlife is to keep cats inside.
How can I be sure this is the right pet for me?
Because you are committing to care for a pet for his or her lifetime, we will give you a 2-week trial adoption (foster). This will give you the time you need to determine if this is the right one for you.
If I am the first one to apply for my new pet, will I get him?
Maybe. We are not a first-come, first-served rescue. We try our very hardest to find the best match for our dogs and our adopters. Being first doesn’t hurt, but it’s not a guarantee. We commit to being as open and honest about the selection process as we can.
If the pet I like is adopted, will you help me find a different dog?
Absolutely! We will help approved adopters find the right animal for them. There is no need to reapply or to start the process over again.
Can you guarantee a dog’s breed?
Nope. Unfortunately, the inherent nature of dog rescue means, we cannot guarantee a dog’s breed. Many dogs end up in shelters because they are strays. And many more are turned in by owners who don’t know or don’t share their pet’s history. Even when we know the puppy’s mom, we only know half of the mix. The best we can do is make an educated guess based on the dog’s appearance and temperament.
Can you guarantee the size a puppy will become?
Unfortunately, no. Because we usually don’t know either of the puppy’s parents, we have no idea what lies in his or her gene pool! Thus, we try to make an educated guess based on the puppy’s size, age, and estimated breed.
Do dogs and cats have to be spayed or neutered?
Absolutely! In fact, dogs and cats will be spayed or neutered before they are adopted out. The cost is included in the adoption fee.
What do I do if my new pet is having trouble?
Let us know – the sooner the better! Small problems that start early-on become big problems as time passes. We probably have experience dealing with whatever issue you may be facing. Let us help!
What do I do if I cannot keep my adopted pet?
If for any reason, you cannot keep your PCHS adoptee, let us know as soon as possible. We will begin the process of taking them back. But, remember, we are here for you before that decision is made. If you have problems – no matter how small – let us know before they become big! We can then provide you the advice and support you need to fix the problems before they get out of control.