Annie, an A.H.A.R.T. dog, in her forever home with her best buddy Noah
The A.H.A.R.T. Adoption Process
A.H.A.R.T. takes the adoption process very seriously. We want to make sure each dog is matched with his/her perfect family. Our adoption donation for dogs is $400.00 and includes deworming, flea treatment, heartworm testing, spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchipping 30 days of Pet Insurance. Adoption donations go towards helping other dogs in need.
Step 1: The Adoption Application The first step of the A.H.A.R.T. Adoption Process is the completion of our adoption application. The adoption application is a great screening tool we use to determine the suitability of the adoptable animal and potential family. In order to adopt, a completed application is required.
Please Note:We often receive multiple applications for each pet. We do not adopt on a first come, first serve basis. We strive to find the most suitable home for each pet in our care.
Step 2: The Phone Interview Once a suitable application is received, an A.H.A.R.T. volunteer or foster parent will contact the potential adopter(s) by phone. During the phone interview, we will discuss the pet in more detail and answer any questions you may have. At this point, we will usually schedule a meet and greet with the potential adopter and the adoptable animal.
Step 3: The Meet and Greet Meet and Greets are by appointment only with approved applicants. A meet and greet is an opportunity for the potential adopter(s) to meet the pet in person to see if they are a good match. At times, there may be more than one meet and greet required before moving onto the next step of the adoption process which is dependent on the individual animal and his or her needs.
Please Note: A meet and greet does not guarantee adoption will take place. There is also no commitment to adopt by coming to meet the pet in person.
Step 4: The Home Visit Once a successful meet and greet has taken place A.H.A.R.T. and the potential adopters will decide whether they would like to move forward in the adoption process. The next step of the process is a Home Visit. An A.H.A.R.T. volunteer or foster parent will visit the potential adopters home with the pet they are interested in. During the home visit, we are looking to see that the home is a suitable environment for the adoptable animal. (i.e. Confirming there is secure fencing if required and that the home is free of potential hazards for the pet.) We are also observing how the adoptable pet reacts in his or her potential home.
Step 5: The Adoption The last step of the adoption process, of course, is the finalization of adoption. This is a cumulative decision made by A.H.A.R.T. and the adoptable pet`s foster parent(s). Once an adoption is agreed upon, the adopter will be required to sign an adoption contract and make a donation of $400.00 to A.H.A.R.T. The adoption donation is not considered to be payment for the pet, rather it is a contribution towards A.H.A.R.T. to support other pets in need. The adopter will be provided with the pet`s medical and microchip information.