What You Need to Know About Pet Adoption

27 January 2015
 Categories: Law, Blog


Owning and residing with a pet can be quite exciting especially if you are lonely and need company. If you are looking to adopt an animal you ought to have a basic understanding of the process involved before you rush to an animal lawyer. The following article gives you an in depth insight on the adoption of pets.

Adoption Process

Animal shelters have different processes for adoption. Here are some of the common things you can expect:

  • With some adoption cases, you will have possession of the animal on the same day while in other cases; it might take a couple of days or even longer.
  • You are required to pay a fee. This fee in most cases is meant to help the shelter defray the cost they have incurred while caring for the animal.
  • Some shelters cannot allow you to take the pet until an employee of the shelter has visited your home and seen how you are interacting with the pet.

What Questions Should You Be Prepared For?

In most shelters, you are required to fill an application form. Shelters have different standards for re-homing animals. This is why the details on adoption applications vary widely depending on the organization. Apart from basic contact information, you can expect to find questions on the following areas:

  • Your experience with pets
  • The number and type of other pets that you own
  • The ages and number of children in your home
  • Your housing situation- are you renting or do you own your home
  • Your lifestyle, activity level and what you expect from the new pet

What Questions Should You Ask?

  • Animal's history: You should ask about the background of the animal. Was the pet a stray when it arrived or was the pet given up by the previous owner? If the pet was given up, you need to know why. You also need to know how long the pet has been at the shelter.
  • Medical assessments: Shelters test and vaccinate pets as well as monitoring their behavior to ensure the animals are adoptable. You should ask about medical or behavioral tests and understand the treatment required the condition of your new pet. Ask about how the pet behaves at the shelter so that you can note differences when you take it home.
  • Spaying: This refers to the procedure conducted by veterinarians to render pets incapable of breeding. It involves the removal of a pet's reproductive organs.

Animal shelters consist of policies for ensuring animals are spayed to avoid unwanted litters. Some facilities will sterilize pets before making them available for adoption while other shelters do it when a pet is scheduled to be adopted. You should determine the spaying policies of a particular shelter. If you have other questions, you can talk with a company like Melke Legal.