welcome pet organizations!

We heard you might be looking to improve your location's pet adoption process! You have come to the right place because we have made the process of adopting a pet easier, simpler, and enjoyable. You have the opportunity to adopt this new process which will make it easier for adopters to find their perfect pet.

Read more about who conducted research and created this new and improved process on our about page 

Follow the steps below to learn how to adopt the process into your animal shelter or rescue!

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STEP 1

Have interested adopters read our ‘P-E-T-S- Assessment’

 

This beginning step is very important. The P-E-T-S (Place, Exercise, Time, Spend) Assessment is essentially a self-reflection for adopters to determine if pet adoption is right for them based on their place/environment, exercise, time/schedule, and how much they are able to spend on a new dog or cat. This assessment makes sure pet adoption is the right fit for them and if a dog or cat would be a better fit. 

PDF download (P-E-T-S Assessment)

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STEP 2

Have interested adopters fill out the 'Stress-Free Pet Application'

 

This application will be the only application they will have to fill out for any animal they are interested in that is located at your rescue/shelter or animal organization. 

Make sure your adoption contract is linked on your website or social media pages. The adopter will have to confirm that they have read your contract when they are filling our application. 

They will sign the contract when they pick up their new pet and the process of approving their application has been completed. 

Make it clear that they can edit their application at any time and resubmit if any information has changed. 

To submit for the first time, they send their application via your website, email, or social media for you to save for any future applications. 

STEP 3

They will then search for their new furry friend on your own website or via pet search websites (Petfinder, Adopt-a-Pet, etc.)

 

When they think they found the perfect match, they will message you with the name of the pet they are applying for. You will then look over their application they had sent to you previously before moving forward. 

what should a pet profile have included? 

check the example below!

Name (if applicable)

Adoption status

Clear, high-quality photo 

Age 

Breed 

Spayed/Neutered

Shelter/Rescue located in 

City, State 

Medical/Health records (if known)

Weight 

Coat

Personality notes 

Pet history (if known)

Good with:

Kids

Cats 

Dogs 

Other notes from shelter/rescue

Name

Adoption Status

Type

Gender

Breed 

Age

Shelter/Rescue located in

Location

Medical/Health records

 

 

Spayed/Neutered

Weight

Coat

Personality notes

 

 

 

Pet history

 

 

Good with

 

 

Needs: (Specific on dog or cat)

Other notes from shelter/rescue

Nala

Available

Cat 

Female 

Grey Tabby 

Just over 2 years - Born August 2018

Cat's Meow Cat Rescue 

Milwaukie, Oregon 

Gingivitis that will need attention once adopted. When the rescue received Nala, it was under the impression via her health records that she was spayed but after tests and lab work, she had not been spayed. 

No 

9 lbs. 

Short 

Nala is shy but warms up to people super fast. She wants to be the center of attention when she is around her people and wants to be in the same room as them always. She is very food motivated and super clean. Nala loves her toys and will play with them for hours; even at 11 o’clock at night.   

No details as to where she was born but she was given up by a family who no longer could care for her. They had kids and a dog. 

Kids: Yes but will take some time 

Cats: Yes but slowly introduce them 

Dogs: Yes but slowly introduce them

N/A

N/A

pet profile example

We challenge you to find a way for the interested adopters to be notified about new pets from your shelter/rescue in a timely manner.

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STEP 4

Have a way for animal adopters or other shelters/rescues to directly communicate with your shelter/rescue. 

 

Distinguish one main place/platform for people to contact you. This may be Facebook, Twitter, your website, phone, email, etc. Don’t make it complicated. Try to respond within 24 hours. 

STEP 5

Make their application status visible and updated often for the pet they applied for. 

 

Their status can either say pending, found a home, declined, or accepted depending on the stage of their application. 

 

If their status says accepted, someone from your location should contact them to set up a video chat appointment through Zoom or other video chat software.

 

If it goes well, they will pick up your new furry friend at your location. If they want to meet the dog or cat before adopting, make sure it is clear that they can request an in-person appointment with your organization during the initial video call.   

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adopt this process!

Fill out the contact form to let us know your shelter/rescue/animal organization is adopting this new process of pet adoption and we can be there for you with any questions or concerns along the way.

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P-E-T-S Assessment for Adopters (PDF download)

This beginning step is very important. The P-E-T-S (Place, Exercise, Time, Spend) Assessment is essentially a self-reflection for you to determine if pet adoption is right for you based on your place/environment, exercise, time/schedule, and how much you are able to spend on a new dog or cat. This assessment makes sure pet adoption is the right fit for you and if a dog or cat would be a better fit. 

Stress-Free Pet Application (editable PDF download)

This application will be the only application you will have to fill out for any animal you are interested in that is located at a certain rescue/shelter or animal organization. You can edit it at any time and resubmit if any information has changed. To submit for the first time, send the application via their website, email, or social media for them to save for any future applications.