So, you found an adoptable you fell in love with? That’s great! Whether you fell in love online or at an adoption event the process is the same.

1. Fill out an Adoption Application

One of our volunteers will review your application and do a vet reference check. If you currently are renting, we will need to verify that pets are allowed and if there are any breed or size restrictions. If you are a young adult living with roommates or family members, we will need to speak with everyone in the home. We know waiting for a response is the worst part, and please know that we try to process applications as quickly as possible! A response may take up to 3 business days and could be longer around the holidays. Please keep in mind that most of our volunteers have day jobs and social commitments which don’t always allow immediate response. Contacting the rescue with follow-up emails and calls during this waiting time will slow down the process for everyone. Making sure you provide complete and accurate information can help the process go smoothly.

Please note: The rescue’s policy is that we do not adopt to homes that have unspayed/unneutered pets or pets who are not up-to-date on vaccinations, and all of our adoptables are required to be indoor pets only. Additionally, it is Pet Tales’ policy not to allow 2 female dogs within 4 years of age. We’ve had quite a few cases where the dogs get along well (sometimes for years), but as the dogs get older issues pop up between them. We realize this is not the case for all cohabitating females, but our own experiences have warranted this policy as a way to keep our fosters safe and happy in their new homes.

2. Phone Interview

Once your application has been reviewed, one of our volunteers will call you to ask any questions they may have about training, prior/current pets, life style, etc. This is also a great opportunity to ask any questions you might have about your potential new family member!

3. Home Visit

A home visit isn’t required for every adoption, but often we like to do one if there are children or other pets in the home. We feel it’s important to make sure everyone falls in love and are a good fit. A home visit doesn’t mean that the adoption is guaranteed approved, it’s just part of the “getting to know each other” process. A pet is a commitment that can last for over a decade depending on the adoptable’s age. With that in mind, we try to be as thorough as possible to make sure it’s a great match for everyone!

4. Adoption Approval

Congrats! Your application has been approved! Once all criteria has been met, an Adoption Agreement will be signed. At this time the adoption fee is payable in cash only. For questions about the Adoption Agreement, fees, and more, please check out our FAQs.