COMPLETE PRE-ADOPTION QUESTIONAIRE - This form is for adoption
counselors to help you find the right pet. We may not have what you are looking for today.
However, with a completed form we can contact you when we get a pet that meets your specifications.
VISIT WITH OUR PETS - Think about what appeals to you. An adoption
counselor MUST and will spend time with you and your family in our get-to-know-you room, or
cat room, showing you several different pets. We specialize in knowing our animals. Please trust us to help in choosing
your new family member. Take time to know what kind of pet you are making a commitment to. Helpful links:
ALL MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY OR PEOPLE LIVING IN THE HOME WILL NEED TO VISIT AND
BE INTRODUCED TO THE NEW PET; Prior to an At-Home visit - We will accommodate your time schedule as much as
possible. Families with children under 6 will be matched carefully and adoptions based on each individual situation.
Co-Adopters may be required for alternative family situations.
OUR GOAL IS TO ADOPT ONLY PETS ABLE TO LIVE WITH PEOPLE AND PETS -
Adoptions will be done only after any health concerns are addressed and personality tests are complete.
AT TIMES MORE THAN ONE PERSON IS INTERESTED IN ONE PARTICULAR PET -
We DO NOT use the first-come serve method of who will adopt. However, the first person
completing an information form indicating a particular pet will be given first consideration. OUR FIRST PRIORITY IS TO
CHOOSE THE BEST SITUATION OFFERED FOR EACH PET WHENEVER POSSIBLE. We can help you find another match.
WE DO CALL YOUR VETERINARIAN FOR THE CURRENT STATUS OF PAST AND PRESENT PETS.
WE ALSO CALL YOUR LANDLORD - You must sign authorization for us to obtain your records. We will be unable to
process your form unless this is complete. This gives information on any pets in the home for health concerns. It also
gives us a history concerning the care you have provided your pets. RABIES SHOTS AND LICENSE MUST BE CURRENT. We are
looking for permanent, established homes for our pets. If you are moving, or have just moved, please return when you and
your home are more settled.
WAITING PERIOD OF 24-48 HOURS AFTER A PET IS CHOSEN - This time is
also important in our process. We try to eliminate the quick pet-shop decision and give you
time to think about the pets you saw. It also, allows our staff time to prepare for the next step, At Home Evaluation.
The At Home Evaluation allows you to take the pet home so you can see how he interacts with the family in a new
environment. Exceptions: a person or family who has previously adopted or has already filed a Pre-Adoption form waiting
for a specific type of pet.
CALL US!! -Because of limited staffing and busy phone lines, we remind
you to call us and leave a message if you haven't heard from us.
* Paws Along the River Board of Directors reserves the
right to decide where our pets will live and who will adopt them.
Cat Adoption: $75 includes spay/neuter, rabies, distemper, worming, vet exam
Kittens/Purebred: $90 includes spay/neuter, rabies, distemper, worming, vet exam
Previously Altered Cat Adoption: $60 includes rabies, distemper, worming, vet exam
Dog Adoption: $130 includes spay/neuter, rabies, distemper, worming, vet exam
Puppies: $150 includes spay/neuter, rabies, distemper, worming, vet exam
Purebred: $180 includes spay/neuter, rabies, distemper, worming, vet exam
Previously Altered Dog Adoption: $80 includes rabies, distemper, worming, vet exam
Transportation or unknown fees related to adoption are the responsibility of the new owner
Additional Veterinary Services Available: Feline leukemia and Lyme vaccines, Microchip, Dewclaw removal, De-claw and any x-rays requested (Will be billed the amount the veterinarian charges)
Declawing - The cat must be under the age of two and declawing on front paws only will be done, as recommended by our veterinarians. This procedure can be done at the time of spaying and neutering to avoid further surgery and stress on your cat.
Puppies/Kittens are 6 months or younger.
ONLINE PARTIAL PRE-ADOPTION FORM - This form contains many of the
questions we need to determine if placement of this pet will work. We may need to contact you for further information
or more information reguarding some of the answers you enter into this form. To the best of our ability we will contact
anyone necessary to make sure this adoption will not fail. If for any reason we beleive this adoption will fail or we
have a feeling of hesitation the adoption will be denied. Long distance adoptions that fail are very difficult on everyone
involved including the pet. Our normal form is filled out by you at the shelter and gives an adoption counselor a chance
to review things with you which means there will probably be many or long phone calls to help us verify this to be a good
adoption. Our pets are like our children so we will do our best to make sure they get a good home.
Click here for Adoption Form