Lots of wonderful furry, fluffy, or fuzzy pets are homeless and in search of families. They don’t ask for much. The biggest demand is love! They give SO much in return.
- GRATITUDE: Our experience has been that rescued fur babies are grateful to their foster families and subsequently the families who adopt them and express that gratitude with love, lots of lovin’.
- HEALTH: They are completely current and up-to-date on veterinary care, including (but not limited to) testing, basic vaccinations, deworming, and spay/neuter. Cats have been tested for leukemia/AIDS. Dogs have been tested for heartworm disease and usually also Lyme, ehrlichia, and anaplasma. All of our pets are also microchipped before leaving our rescue. If they were heartworm-positive, they have been treated. If they have medical conditions we know about, we disclose all that information and give you the medical records.
- KNOWLEDGE: We tell adopters everything we know about their personalities and the behavior traits we observe while the pets are in our foster care. We encourage questions because the more you know about the pet before adoption, the better the match and the better the chances of ensuring a permanent home.
- INTERACTION: We not only allow but encourage you to spend time getting to know the pet(s) before adoption. We require interaction with your current pets and our homeless pet prior to adoption.
- NEED: Last, but not least, these pets are homeless and searching for loving families and homes, where they will never again have to worry about how to get their next meal or if they will wake up in the morning and see a face they recognize.
HOW TO ADOPT:
- APPLY: There are two applications for adopting dogs. One is for folks who have never adopted from Pet Harbor before, the other for folks who have. There is a questionnaire for adopting cats.
- APPROVAL: This involves our processing the application by checking all applicable references (vet(s), people who know your pet experience firsthand, landlord, homeowner association, local shelter check). We engage in a back-and-forth Q&A with applicants. The more we learn about applicants, the better equipped we are to help make successful matches between humans and pets. Then we visit the home and family. Then, if approved, we issue an approval email describing the next steps (the meet-and-greet and contract-signing processes).
- MEET & GREET: Meet the pet(s) if you haven’t already. This almost always occurs at adoption events. Most events are held near Fredericksburg, Virginia. The entire potential adoptive family must meet the pet before adoption. That includes all human and canine family members, not feline family members.
- CONTRACT: Enter into a contract. The contract requires adopters to, among other things, commit to:
- A lifetime of love for the new indoor family house member;
- Give the pet adequate food and shelter;
- Ensure the pet wears a Pet Harbor ID tag at all times;
- Provide the pet with routine veterinary care;
- Keep the pet on heartworm preventative 12 months a year;
- For dogs, give the dog plenty of exercise without: (a) allowing the dog to wander; (b) chaining the dog; or (c) letting the dog ride loose in the back of an open pickup truck;
- Purchase any required pet license;
- Return the pet to Pet Harbor Rescue if, for any reason, the pet cannot be kept by the adopter;
- Keep contact information current with Pet Harbor throughout the life of the pet; and
- Adhere to a prescribed schedule of updating us throughout the life of the pet so we can know how happy the pet is!
- DONATION: Make a donation to our organization. As a 501(c)(3) organization. donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. NOTE: We do NOT at this time accept personal checks or credit cards. We accept only cash, cashier’s check, certified check, or postal money order. The minimum required in no way comes close to covering our costs. Veterinary work is done before pets are adopted. Adoption donations can be as much as the adopter chooses but must be a minimum of:
dogs age 6 months to 8 years, $300;
dogs younger than 6 months of age, $400;
dogs age 9 and up, $100;
cats, younger than 5 years of age, one cat – $85 or 2 cats – $100;
cats, age 5 to under 10 years, $40;
cats, age 10 and up, $25.
- BE PATIENT: Wait, if required. Animals recovering from treatment for heartworm or other diseases cannot leave our organization until the veterinarians assure us their health allows it.
- ENJOY!: Welcome the new family member. Give him/her lots of love and a permanent home.
- KEEP IN TOUCH: Our adopters give us a call or drop us a line and photograph every now and again to let us know how they and their new family member(s) are happier every day. We require updates for the life of the pet. The update schedule includes updates 24 hours after adoption, one week after adoption, one month after adoption, etc., and annually after the first year.
WHO TO ADOPT:
To see a listing of the dogs we have available, click here. To see a listing of the cats we have available, click here. Or, call us at (703) 583-HSKY. We are happy to discuss with approved applicants what pets are available at that time. We work with applicants in an effort to make the right match.