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What to Expect When Adopting from a Rescue Organization

When you’re interested in adopting a pet, you can expect to fill out an application. This application might ask you to list references and provide veterinary information. You might also be asked to provide information on your experience with pets in general or specific breeds.

Home inspection

Rescue organizations typically do a home inspection to ensure that your home is safe and suitable for pets. They might inspect your house and yard to check for areas that could lead to problems, such as a hole in your fence that dogs can escape through.

Meet and Greet

You should have an opportunity to spend time with the dog or cat you’re interested in adopting. This might take place at your home or at a rescue event, since these organizations usually don’t have a physical facility for you to visit. This part of the adoption process offers a chance for all members of your family, including other pets, to meet your potential pet. Having your current pets meet this pet before the adoption can help you make sure they all get along. 

Application Fee

Adopting a pet from a rescue organization usually comes with an application fee. This fee is used to cover the cost of vet bills, spaying or neutering, microchips and any treatments or checkups that are needed.


After your adoption, you can expect your new pet to take time to adjust to your home. During this time, you should make sure your pet gets plenty of attention, along with any training that might be needed. Keep in mind that this adjustment period is normal and doesn’t last long. Being patient with your new pet during this time helps create a strong bond between the two of you.

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