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Nailing Down the Adoption Process

Friday, September 15, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

Ok, you’ve made a decision to add a new member to your family, now it’s time to determine a pet that would be the best fit for your family. Here is the adoption process in the state of Delaware but it is very similar everywhere else.

Step 1 – Starts with a visit to your local shelter. The staff at the shelter  can give you all the guidance you need and provide you with an adoption questionnaire. The questionnaire will help them learn more about you so that they can help match you with the perfect pet.

Step 2 –If you find a pet you’d love to adopt, the staff at the shelter will review your adoption application  and make sure the situation is best for the animal and you.

Step 3 – If you’re adopting a dog and have other dogs in your home, you will be asked to do a meet and greet at the shelter before taking the animal home. They’ll need proof of rabies vaccinations for your current pets. The primary caregiver must be at the meet and greet.  Children age 10 and under that live in the home must also meet the pet before adoption.

Step 4 –  Once the adoption has been approved, you pay the adoption fee and take your new friend home for a lifetime of love!

The shelter should take care of everything you need to get started, including:

  • Spaying or neutering
  • Canine DHPP and Bordetella vaccinations and feline DRTC vaccinationsCanine DHPP and Bordetella vaccinations and feline DRTC vaccinations
  • Microchipping
  • Rabies vaccination
  • De-worming
  • Feline leukemia/ FIV test
  • Heartworm testing

***Thanks to the Delaware SPCA for providing some of this information.

Remember, your pets count!

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