Q: What is the adoption process?
A: The following is a brief timeline
- Apply online for dogs or cats
- PPR representative will notify you of approved application
- Meet animal in foster home
- Schedule/complete home visit when applicable
- Complete adoption contract and payment online
- Pick up new adopted animal from foster home!
Q: How long does the adoption process take?
A: We strive to complete all adoptions withing 8 days of receiving an application, pending the schedules of adoptive and foster homes.
Q: What if I have resident animals?
A: We do ask that all resident animals meet the animal you have applied for prior to taking your newly adopted animal home to address any concerns, and discuss proper introductions.
Q: What if I cannot keep the animal I adopted from PPR?
A: We ask that ALL animals adopted from PPR are returned to PPR if you unable to care for your adopted animal at any time in their lives.
Q: How do I pay the adoption fee?
A: All adoption fees are paid online, and PPR’s Rescue Director will send you the link and payment info, as well as the adoption contract to sign.
Q:Why do you want a pet?
A: Owning a pet is a fun and rewarding experience, but it is also a huge responsibility. If you want a pet because your neighbor just got a cute and cuddly puppy or kitten, or your children are begging for a furry four-legged friend, you will want to consider the long term commitment. Not sure if you’re ready, being a foster parent is a great way to make sure you are ready for a pet in your home. Click here to foster!
Q: Do you own or rent?
A: If you own your own home and want to adopt a dog, check with your insurance provider to see if they have any breed restrictions. You do not want to adopt a dog to find that your insurance does not cover him or her. If you rent, check with your landlord before adopting. Many apartment complexes do not allow pets, while others might allow only cats, or have breed or size restrictions.
Q: Is anyone in your home allergic?
A: Allergies are a common reason that animals are dropped off at animal control or returned to animal rescues. If you are unsure if you, or anyone in your home, is allergic, try spending time with pets of friends or family members first. If you are allergic, you will want to look for a cat or dog who is hypo-allergenic, and see if there is an allergic reaction.
Q: Do you need a kid friendly pet?
A: Dogs and cats view children very differently than human adults. Not all pets are suited for a home with kids. If your cat or dog will be expected to interact with kids at ANY time in their life, socializing your pet with kids is essential. If you do not currently have kids in your home, consider if you will in the future, or will have nieces, nephews, grandchildren, neighborhood kids, and so on in your home, and take the steps to assure your pet is prepared. It is also important that any children interacting with your pet be aware of proper interaction with dogs/cats. Not sure how to do this, a pet trainer can help you! *The same applies to dogs/cats with other animals. Positive socialization is key!
Q: Have you done your research?
A: It is a good idea to know the size and age of the cat or dog you are looking for. For example, if you have small children, you might want to avoid “toy” sized dogs as they are more fragile. Research the breeds you are looking at adopting to assure they fit your lifestyle. If there are people in your home with specific needs make sure the animal you are interested in meets those requirements.
Q: Can you afford a pet?
A: On top of the pet’s adoption fee, there are many other expenses that go along with owning a pet. When you bring your pet home, your new cat or dog will require a crate/carrier, at least one bed, water and food bowls, food, a collar, toys, etc. You will also want to have your cat or dog properly licensed within your city, and training classes if you are adopting a dog *approx $110 for a 6 week course. It is also important to remember that cats and dogs can live for 15-20 years, and require regular vet care. Just like humans, animals can get suddenly sick, and being able to provide vet care is an essential responsibility of all pet owners. Pets can be expensive to properly care for, but they are worth every penny!
Q: Do you have the time to devote to a pet?
A: Your new pet will need time to bond with you; make sure you have the time to spend with your new cat or dog. If you adopt a dog, you will want to set aside time to housebreak and crate train your new pet, as well as socialize your new dog with other dogs and people, and professional training classes per your PPR adoption contract.
Q: Are you aware of the challenges that come with owning a pet?
A: A new pet brings a lot of love to a home, as well as a lot of new challenges. Some of the challenges include additional cleaning, housebreaking, crate training, and dog- or cat-proofing your home. Many cats love to scratch, while many dogs love to chew, and if they do not have fun toys or they are not given enough mental stimulation and physical activity, they might scratch furniture, or chew on shoes, or other valuable items. Daily walks and training for dogs, and play time with cats will be part of being a pet caregiver.
Q: Is the timing right?
A: Moving to a new home and joining a new family is already a big adjustment for a dog or cat (and you), so it is best to adopt a new pet when there are no major changes in the near future. If you are planning on having a baby or moving to a new home, it is a good idea to wait until after the event, when you will have more time, to bring home a new pet.