Adoption Process

Step 3 – Schedule an appointment to meet the animals

Please contact us to schedule an appointment, you will need to email info@hooforpaw.org in order to schedule.

For dogs:

  • We require the primary caregiver to meet the animal before adoption

  • We highly recommend children under 10 years-old to meet the dog, and may require it for some dogs

  • For some dogs, such as dogs with special medical or behavior needs, we may require all members of the household to be present

  • If you have other dogs in your home, we highly recommend you bring them in for a meet-and-greet, supervised by one of our animal care specialists. You must show proof that your current dog is up-to-date on their Rabies vaccine before they can meet our dog.

If you have a household with children, we always suggest the below article for teaching your child appropriate interaction methods for their new lifelong friend prior to bringing your new family member home. We recommend this because in most cases of dog bites, the bite could have been avoided if the supervising adult recognized the dog's body language and distress signs. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/teaching-young-children-respect-dogs/.

For cats:

  • We require the primary caregiver to meet the cat prior to adoption

  • We highly recommend any children under 10-years-old to meet the animal, and may require it for some cats

  • We do not allow meet-and-greets between our adoptable cats and your resident pets, but can instead counsel you on how to introduce your pets safely at home


Step 4 – Adopt!

Once the adoption has been approved, you sign the Adoption Contract, pay the adoption fee and take your new friend home for a lifetime of love! Many of our animals are ready to go home same-day, but some may not be for a variety of different reasons. If you choose to adopt an animal that is not yet ready to go home, you may pay a pre-adoption fee to hold that pet for you, the animal will remain in our care until ready to go into your home. The pre-adoption fee is deducted from the total fee due upon adoption, the pre-adoption fee may vary per animal.

Please Note:

Filling out an adoption questionnaire does not guarantee adoption. We reserve the right to deny any adoption if we believe it is in the best interest of the animal.


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