Hooray, we know how exciting this can be! Set yourself up for adoption success with these tips:
Read the pet’s entire profile!
If the pet is listed by a shelter or rescue, you'll see one of these "Ask About Me" buttons. The phone icon takes you to the shelter/rescue's info for you to contact them directly. The message icon allows you to connect with the shelter/rescue through the pet's profile.
- Pay special attention to the adoption process for the specific shelter/rescue listing the pet; the next step could be visiting the shelter, messaging them, or submitting an application. If you don't see "Their adoption process" on the pet's profile (under "My story") connect via "Ask About Me".
Pro Tip: Messaging a shelter/rescue about a pet through "Ask About Me" does not serve as an application and does not place a pet on hold. We advise you to connect with the shelter/rescue directly while adhering to their specific adoption process.
If the pet is listed by Private owner, you'll see an "Apply to Adopt" button:
- To start the inquiry process for pets listed by private owners, the first step is to "Apply to Adopt". Once a private owner reviews your application, if they would like to proceed to the next step (scheduling a phone call), they'll connect directly with you via email or phone.
- Applying to adopt does not lock you in, it allows us to share your contact info with the private owner so they may reach out if they choose. We know you may have questions to ask about the pet, and the private owner will want to learn about you too! For info on adopting from a private owner (through out Rehome by Adopt a Pet service), click here.
Don't delay, submit that application stat!
- With adoptions, slow and steady does not win the race. If you’re really interested in a pet, submit your application as soon as possible, while following the shelter or rescues’ adoption procedures or Rehome by Adopt a Pet's procedures for pets listed by private owners.
Fun Fact: When there are multiple qualified applicants on the same pet, the adopter is usually selected on a first come first serve basis.
- Once your application is in, be patient awaiting a response! Hardworking shelters/rescues may be fielding applications for multiple pets at the same time, and some private owners receive multiple applications as well. Please be kind and diligent, but not pushy. 🙂