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What is your adoption/purchase process?

For shelters and rescues:

  • Shelters and rescues should have clear and consistent formal adoption policies. These will vary by organization but should be stated in writing with applications.

  • Some things that may be expected of you as part of the process is to show a photo ID, complete an application form, provide references (including from a veterinarian if you’ve previously had pets) and/or a home visit.

  • Most shelters/rescues have adoption fees that go towards recovering expenses for taking care of the animal, such as food, shelter, vaccines, microchipping, spay/neuter surgery and any medications if needed.

For breeders

  • Reputable breeders will have an application process, often asking questions about your living conditions (ie: if you live in a house or apartment, if you have kids or other pets, etc.).

  • Some breeders may ask for references, especially of a veterinarian if you have previously had pets. They will also require that you sign a contract and some may require a deposit before your pet is old enough to go home with you.

What do you do to encourage and educate about responsible pet ownership?

For shelters and rescues:

  • In addition to spaying/neutering animals before they are released to the adopter, reputable shelters and rescues should advocate in their community for all pets to be spayed or neutered.

  • Many shelters/rescues also have or support trap-neuter-return policies for feral cat colonies.

For breeders:

  • Reputable breeders will only sell their puppies with a contract. Most will specify that the animals are to be pets (also referred to as non-breeding contracts) and that they must be spayed or neutered.

  • Some breeders will include a time-frame for spay/neuter surgery, but you should always consult with your veterinarian on medical procedures for your pet.