How to Adopt a Dog

 Are you interested in adopting a dog from Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue? Before taking the next step, please read the following guide to find out what to expect.


Matchmaking Done Right

 Here at Heaven Can Wait, we love each and every furry buddy that comes through our doors, and we want to find forever homes where the dogs can finally settle in to the life they deserve after surviving whatever rough life they may have had before.


HCW’s Pet Adoption Process

 Once you have decided to adopt, the Heaven Can Wait Adoption Coordinator will guide you through the following steps:


  1. Fill out the Pet Adoption Application.
  2. Q & A. Once we receive your application, an Adoption Coordinator will ask and answer any relevant questions.
  3. Meet the dog. We will work with you to schedule a time for you and your family to meet your potential forever friend.
  4. In-Home Visit (If needed.) We will work with you on a time to bring the dog to your house for a home visit.
  5. Sign the Contract. When both parties decide it’s a good match, we’ll help you make it official by signing our adoption contract. You also get all of the dog’s medical records and a new family photo to document your special day.


Pet Adoption Application

 When you fill out the application to adopt a rescue dog, you are helping us help you make the best match for your family and lifestyle. We know filling out applications isn’t the most fun thing to do, but aren’t the potential rewards in finding the perfect addition to your family worth it? Filling out an application in no way obligates you to adopt.


Pet Adoption Q & A

 The opportunity to ask and answer questions is critical to discovering any potential incompatibilities between you and the dog you are considering. A dog’s personality, energy level, and in some cases special needs are factors you must consider when determining if a dog is the right fit for you.


First Meeting

 Please understand that our organization and our foster parents are all volunteering their efforts and time to help our rescue dogs. Everyone works full time jobs, but we will do the best we can to accommodate everyone’s schedules when setting up a time to meet a dog.


Visiting In-Home

 Don’t worry; this is not a white glove test to see how many times you dust per week. This is simply an opportunity for everyone to see the dog in your environment to make sure the dog is a good fit for your family. And just because you’ve made it this far into the process doesn’t mean you can’t change your mind. We never want to pressure a family into adopting a dog, so you are welcome to take a night or two to think things over before committing to adoption.


Making the Commitment

 If your family falls head-over-heels in love with the dog, and we feel the dog is a great fit for your family, at this time you will sign our standard adoption contract. You will be provided with all of the dog’s medical records and other reading material to help you with the transition period. The dog’s foster parent and/or care giver will discuss with you your new dog’s vocabulary, commands, habits, likes and dislikes, and the in an outs of their personality. Learning your dog’s language will make the transition into your home go smoothly and will help reduce the amount of stress on the dog.


Adoption Fee

 Our adoption fee for most dogs is $200. On average, we spend $350 or more per dog while they are in our care. Our dogs are fully vetted, spayed or neutered, and cared for physically, medically and emotionally until the time of adoption. Many dogs we rescue require considerably more than the average in medical bills, yet our adoption fee remains the same. Although we cover all of the costs of caring for rescued pets, we do not pass actual costs on to you. We work hard fund raising in order to keep our adoption fees affordable. This way we can do a better job at finding the perfect home for each and every dog, and that is really what it is all about, isn’t it?


How Long Will it Take to Adopt a Dog?

 Faster is not always better when it comes to adopting rescue dogs. People who work in animal rescue are well aware that dogs can be purchased from a pet store in a matter of minutes. Unfortunately, we see many of those puppies later in rescue after the dog’s family has decided the dog was purchased in haste. One of the most important reasons for our high success rate is our thorough screening and matching process. We strive to match our dogs with the best family possible, working through as many applications as necessary to find a home that offers the dog the most fulfilling, enriched life, while enriching their new family’s life as well. Because the screening process is so thorough, it takes time. The length of time to adopt varies and depends on many factors. The process may take anywhere from 24 hours to a week or more as you wait for the right dog to come along. While you are waiting, make sure you have done your research about adopting a new dog. If you are interested in a particular breed of dog, do some research so you are familiar with the tendencies and conditions common to that breed. This ensures you are well-informed and know what to expect when your new family member does arrive. We appreciate that you are considering a rescued dog, as we have many on the waiting list that all deserve amazing forever homes! When you adopt from Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue, you save two lives: the one you adopt, and the one that we are able to bring into our program in the place of your new dog!


For additional questions, e-mail us at heavencanwaitanimalrescue@hotmail.com or call 270-847-9544.


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