adopt a pet?
Pet adoption puts love back in the community. Our rescued pets are vibrantly thriving after treatment and re-homing. For us, pets are love. We focus on assisting people connect with the dogs and cats who reside with us at BMHS.
Find out what you need to know about our adoption process
How do I adopt a pet?
There are several ways that you can adopt one of our beloved pets. You will first need to contact us to schedule an appointment to visit us and your soon to be furry friend. Next, you will need to go through a screening process. we screen potential adopters because we want you to find a pet that would be a good fit with your family. We know all of our dogs and cats personally, so we will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have. If you would like to ask questions about adoptions you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there any adoption requirements?
Yes! All applicants must be 18 or older, you will be required to spay or neuter your pet within a year, you will need to pass an on-site interview, as well as fill out an application that requires a Vet reference, Landlord information, and supply us with 3 references from friends you have known for 5 years or more. You will also be responsible for any fees associated
Is the process the same for cats and dogs?
The application process is the same whether you want to adopt a cat or a dog; however, there are different fees associated with each breed. Due to our large supply of adult cats, we only ask for a $25.00 fee or a larger donation of what you can contribute to our great cause.
For dogs, the application procedures are a bit different. The adoption fee is as stated on the Application Fee page; however, in special cases, such as the adoption of a purebred, fees may be more. On average, our adoption fees cost less than what you would you’d pay a breeder or pet store. Plus all of our pets have already been to the veterinarian for vaccinations and most are spayed or neutered. That is a lot of savings!
The first step is the getting acquainted phase. You will be required to fill out an adoption application to find your perfect match.
If everything goes well you will be required to complete the adoption agreement that states:
- Adopter agrees to provide companionship, shelter, food, and health care for the life of the adopted pet.
- A suitable shelter protects the pet from exposure to harsh weather.
- Health care includes vaccinations and veterinarian treatment as needed.
- The Adopter agrees to abide by city and county ordinances related to pet ownership.
- We may conduct 2 follow-up visits to answer questions and provide assistance.
- The Adopter will make an appointment to return the pet to BMHS if circumstances change and cannot provide for the pet for any reason.
Are pets for adoption healthy?
Yes! All our pets have been to the veterinarian for vaccinations and most are spayed or neutered. If the pet you are interested has a special need, such as one that requires daily medication or has a disability, you will be notified prior to adoption.
How does a rescue dog differ from a dog you might get at a pet store?
A rescue dog MAY have experienced an unfortunate history of one or more of the following: neglect, abuse, abandonment, loneliness, insecurity, distrust. A period of adjustment (days for some, weeks for others) should be expected in some instances. Often the new dog is so grateful and overwhelmed with your show of love, devotion and consistency that she/he relaxes immediately and opens her/his heart to you. In either case, a rescue dog is almost always grateful, loyal, very affectionate, eager to please and very companionable. Submission of your application does not guarantee placement of a dog. Applicants must agree to a home visit if asked for one.
Is there other ways I can help an animal even if I can′t adopt them?
Absolutely! We accept and need all forms of help even if adoption isn’t right for you. You can choose to sponsor one of our animals, you can make a monthly or one time donation or if you aren’t able to help monetarily you can volunteer your time.