Adoption Process: What to Expect
Still have some questions about how adoption works? Please check out our FAQ page for fast answers to common questions.
Submitting an Application
The first step in the adoption process is to fully complete an Adoption Application. The application will provide you with an opportunity to share with us your doggy preferences and requirements (i.e., red merle, good with kids, etc.), as well as information about yourself, your family, and your home. If you have found a doggy match (or two) via our pet listings, you will also have a chance to specify your desired pet(s) on the application (by name and location).
Processing Your Application
We are a volunteer-based organization. Please keep that in mind and try to be as respectful of their time as they will be of yours as we try to get you through the process of adopting your new furry family member. Once you've submitted your application, it will take about at least one week to process if everything goes smoothly. Complete applications are processed in the order received. When our Applications Team has completed their initial review, approved applicants will have their contact information sent to the appropriate foster caring for the rescue pet specified in the application, pending the pet is still available. Some applications take longer if we can't get a hold of your references , so please let them know to expect a call.
The Meet & Greet
This is the exciting part! Once your application has passed the initial review and a background check has been completed, the foster will contact you to discuss if the pet is a good match for your home and possibly set up a Meet & Greet. The Meet & Greet is a great opportunity for you to meet the pet in person and interact with them and they with you, your family and your other pets (if applicable). This is a preferred, but sometimes optional step. If you live a great distance from the pet, a Meet & Greet may not be possible.
Dotting the I's and Crossing the T's: Final Steps
If everyone, including ASF, the foster, the pet and yourself, feels a strong match has been made, you will be approved to move forward with the final steps of adopting your selected pet! All your references will have been contacted and an in-person or virtual home check may be performed. If all looks good, we'll send you a final Adoption Contract to fill out and provide you with instructions on how to pay the applicable adoption fee. When everything is in order, you can make arrangements with the foster to bring your new pet home!
Searching for and selecting a potential, new pet is very exciting, and we know all our applicants are eager to start the process and bring home their new family member. To best prepare you, we'd like to share our Adoption Process with you, so you'll know what to expect when you are ready to get started.