Step 1: Advertising Your Pet
- Take one or more good photos of your pet. If he’s an inside pet, take the photos indoors. Photos are very important… a pet profile with a great photo will get the most attention by potential adopters.
- Create your pet’s biography, providing breed, sex, age, color, weight, training, etc. Also include medical history and any medical/behavioral problems. (You must share this information with potential adopters to avoid future problems.) If your pet is not spayed or neutered and you don’t want him or her to be used solely for breeding purposes, click on Read More.
- State what your re-home fee is! “Free to good home” ads and $0 re-home fees will not be posted. For more information about determining a reasonable re-home fee and why it is important, please click Read More. Waive the fee only if the adopter is family or a good friend, as long as you are sure that they can provide a good home for your pet.
- Create a photo flyer with your pet’s information. Display it in as many area pet-related businesses as you can. Look for pet stores, veterinary clinics, grooming shops, etc. Email your flyer to family, friends, and rescue groups. If you are on Facebook, post your pet’s picture and information, and ask your friends to share. Advertise your pet on our Adoptable Pets page! Read More.
Step 2: Reviewing Applicants
- Before calling an applicant to discuss your pet and the applicant’s home and family life, send them a Re-Home Application.
- Ask if you can contact their vet for a reference. If your pet is a breed that will need regular grooming, ask if you can contact a groomer they may use (or have used) for a reference.
- If you like what you hear from the applicant, their vet, and their groomer (if applicable), then you may want to schedule a meet-and-greet in a public place. If you feel comfortable meeting at their home, you can see where your pet will be living. However, you may prefer to take someone with you who can interact with your pet while you get to know the prospective adopter.
- If it isn’t possible for you to do a meet-and-greet at the applicant’s home, ask them to send you photos of their home, yard, family, and any pets they already own. Read More.
Step 3: Meet-and-Greet…and Possible Adoption
- Just in case the meet-and-greet turns into adoption day, take the Pet Information Sheet and two copies of a Re-Home Contract with you; also your pet’s ID, bed, favorite toys, medicine/medical records, and food.
- If the applicant doesn’t seem to be a match for your pet, you can say so tactfully and return home with your pet.
- If the applicant seems to be a good match for your pet, have the adopter fill out and sign both copies of an Re-Home Contract and leave one with him. The contract should stipulate that if he can’t keep your pet, he will return him to you! Collect the re-homing fee before leaving.
- A three-week trial period is ideal. Call the adopter after the first 48 hours, and then once a week during the trial period. Encourage the adopter to call you if any problems arise. Read More.