What does the adoption include?
All kinds of great stuff! When cats and dogs arrive, they are examined by one of our participating licensed veterinarians, tested as needed for heartworm (dogs, 6 months+), FeLV/FIV (cats) and will receive the age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip, spay/neuter, plus 30-days free pet health insurance from 24PetWatch.
How long will it take for my application to be approved?
Minimum of 2-3 business days. However, we are an almost 100% volunteer-run organization, so please be patient with us if it takes a little longer.
Is there a minimum age to adopt?
21 years of age and not an undergraduate.
Why does my pet need to be spayed/neutered?
Spaying and neutering helps stem the tide of overpopulation. Many of the animals that end up in shelters are the result of accidental breeding by free-roaming, unaltered pets. The more pets spayed or neutered, the fewer dogs and cats will have to be destroyed. It does not make animals fat and lazy, harm their health, or hurt their personalities, as some people mistakenly believe. Spaying not only reduces the stress and discomfort females endure during heat periods, but also eliminates the risk of uterine cancer and reduces the chance of mammary cancer. Neutering makes males far less likely to roam or fight, urinate in the home, and helps prevent testicular cancer.
Why do you do a home visit (dogs only) before allowing an adoption?
AARF volunteers try to place animals in a home environment that is suitable for the individual needs of each pet. Size and temperament of the animals are carefully considered, as are the needs and constraints of their prospective families. The home visit provides an opportunity to introduce the new dog to pets already in the home and gives the new owners an opportunity to prepare for their new dog.
Why might I be turned down on an adoption application?
When reviewing applications the AARF volunteer takes into account many factors including the animal’s age, size, temperament and the living environment that you have to offer. Vet references are checked to be sure they are in compliance with AARF policy. If the prospective adopter has not had previous pets, personal references are requested. After the home visit, if the AARF Adoption Counselor feels that the home environment isn’t a good fit for that particular dog, they may suggest you choose a different one.