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How to Adopt an Animal from

Animal Friends


   *The first step is to consider what kind of animal is best for your family. Do you lead an active lifestyle, or a quiet one? Do you have children? Do you live in an apartment, a townhouse, or a home with a big yard? We want you and your companion animal to look forward to a long, happy lifetime together. Choosing an animal that fits your lifestyle helps make that happen.

* Next, meet our wonderful animals who are looking for good homes. This web site lists most of the animals that are currently up for adoption. The pictures and biographies will give you a quick introduction to them. Or come to one of our adoption shows, where you can meet some of the animals and also chat with their "foster parents". All the animals do not attend all the shows, however; it is a good idea to submit a no-obligation application. Once we receive your application an AF volunteer will contact you. In this way we can make sure you will get to meet the dog or cat you are interested in.

* Adopting a companion animal is a family responsibility. All the members of the household should be involved in the adoption, and the application must be signed by a family member who is 18 years or older.

* Your application will be reviewed by a small group of experienced volunteers. The form helps give us background on your household and prior experience with animals. If you do not hear from AF within 10 working days of your submission, you may assume your application was declined.

* If your application is pursued, we first conduct a vet check. This confirms that you keep your current pets up to date with vaccinations and other care. We verify that pets are allowed if you rent your apartment or home. We do a house check; this verifies that the dog or cat is suited to your household and that you are in fact ready to bring a new animal into the family. This process generally takes a few days to 2 weeks.

* Animal Friends is interested in finding the best permanent homes for our animals. If we receive more than one application for the same dog or cat, we will try to choose the best home for the animal. In addition, we reserve the right to turn down an application if for any reason we find that it is not suitable for the animal. It may seem that we are being overcautious, but these policies are based on hard experience.

* Our adoption fee is $75-$350 for dogs and $65-$200 for cats, based on demand. This covers the spay or neuter surgery, rabies vaccination, other vaccinations and worming while at the shelter, heartworm or feline leuk/FIV test, heartworm preventive, flea and tick treatment, earmite treatment for cats, temperament assessment, collar and leash for dogs, carrier for cats, a bag of Science Diet food, a goody bag with toys and pet care information, and one month of free pet health insurance. Adoption prices for animals not listed are figured on an individual basis. Please ask anyone of our AF volunteers for adoption prices.

**If at any time the adopter can no longer care for the animal, THEY MUST immediately contact Animal Friends and return the animal to The Animal Friends Center.

(The adopter may not give away nor take the animal to a shelter). **