ADOPTION APPLICATION AND PROCESS
You have found a sweetheart of a dog that you are interested in adopting. NOW WHAT?!
The first thing you need to do is email our Adoption Coordinator Meryl, at MerylWright@aol.com and let her know which dog you are interested in. She will tell you if that dog is still available for adoption. If he or she has already been adopted, Meryl can talk with you about other available dogs and work on finding a good fit. We have a mandatory adoption application, which every potential adopter must complete. Once we have reviewed your application, we will schedule a meet and greet with the adoptable dog!
Q: I saw your adoptable cats on Petfinder/Facebook. Do you rescue cats too? Why aren't they on your website?
A: YES! We rescue dogs AND cats from Puerto Rico. At this time, we do not post every available cat on our website because they are often adopted so quickly! We will always post them on Petfinder and our Facebook page. Some cats will also be in-store at PetSmarts in Braintree, Bourne, or Walpole, Massachusetts. For more information on our feline friends, please contact Nicole.C.DiPaolo@verizon.com
Q: What is the adoption fee for dogs?
A: Our adoption fee is $450. This goes toward the cost of veterinary care and transportation for the dog. All of our dogs are spayed/neutered, fully vetted, vaccinated, and microchipped.
Q: I saw one of your dog's picture, and I would be interested in meeting this precious angel. What should I do?
A: The first step is to complete our Adoption Application (Click here for PDF.) The questions and reference checks are designed to ensure our dogs go to their perfect forever homes and also help us work together to find the best match for you. Our application process includes calling two personal references who are not related to you, as well as veterinary and landlord references if applicable. We strive to get back to you within 24 hours of receiving the completed application should we have any questions.
If an application is accepted, we will then set up a meet and greet for you and the adoptable dog. Everyone who lives in your home must be present. If all goes well, we can finalize the adoption within 24 hours and you can bring home your new family member!
Q: We're not ready to adopt a dog at this exact moment, but can we submit an application ahead of time?
A: Yes! You can submit an application for approval at any time, you do not need to have a specific dog in mind. We can talk with you to find out what kind of dog you're looking for. When the time is right, we will already have your approved application on file.
Q: Can you 'cat test' your dogs?
A: We are a foster-based rescue, so it's possible the dog may have lived with cats. If so, we can let you know how that interaction went. In the case where the dog has not been around cats before, we may be able to bring the dog to your home to introduce the dog and cat. This would only be done after an adoption application was approved. We encourage very slow, safe introductions between all animals.
Q: Can you tell me about the dog's personality?
A: When each dog arrives from Puerto Rico, they immediately go to their foster home. We can provide information on the dog's personality based on information we receive from the foster family. Paws4Survival cannot make any guarantees about how the dog will behave once they are in their new home. We always recommend adoptive families be patient and loving, and be prepared to help their new furry family member become acclimated to their new home and environment.
Q: What is your policy about returning a dog or cat?
A: Every adoptive family will sign an Adoption Contract. Our contract requires that any dog/cat adopted from Paws4Survival MUST be returned to us and not placed with another family or shelter. We will always take a dog or cat back, regardless of the reason, and regardless of how long ago the adoption took place.