Adoption FAQs

Frequently Asked Adoption Questions

Most Common FAQs

What happens after I submit an application?

The application will be received by the Placement team, and one of the Adoption Coordinators will call you to review your application. After the phone call, approved applications will be sent to the Foster Coordinator to coordinate getting your potential new family member to you for an introduction or play date.

What if I want to meet more than one?

​Indicate that on your application and the Paws In the City coordinator will do their best to accommodate your request and make the necessary arrangements.

How long does the adoption process take?

We move the process as quickly as we can. Whenever possible we try within 48 hrs of receiving an application to have a decision. In the event there are multiple applicants for the same pet, it will take a little longer.

More Adoption FAQs

What happens if there are multiple applicants for the same pet?​

The team will screen on a first-come,first-serve basis but if you are second or even fifth, it is always possible the fifth applicant could be the best fit for the dog.

Now that I am approved what happens?​

The team will coordinate the meeting of the pet(s) sometimes at your home or sometimes at a park or one of our weekly events. You will get a copy of the adoption contract and adoption process letter. This will happen as quickly as we can coordinate with your schedule and the foster’s availability.

​How many people do I have to talk to before I get a pet?

We TRY our best to minimize but understand it does take a team to rescue, so expect an adoption application screening call, possibly a second call from the adoption team if there are further questions, then a call from the team mobilizing the dog from its foster to you.

What is the home visit?

PAWS will do a home visit to assist with introducing your pets to the new pet and also to check the home environment (indoors and out) to ensure everything is right for the pet. We will work around your schedule.

What if I have questions?

You can ALWAYS email adoptions@pawsinthecity.org.

What if I get home, and it is not a good match?

We can have one of our trainers help you with tips for the transition. In the rare event that is not successful, we will take the pet back so another family can make it a part of their loving home.

What if I determine at any point I can’t take care of my pet?

Call us and we will take the animal back.

How do I get the animal’s medical records?

Once the adoption contract has been received, and we’ve given you a little time to ensure it’s a fit, the team will send the medical records and micro-chip information to you along with a copy of the adoption contract.

What are the fees, and how do I pay?

Adoption fees are $250 for a dog, $300 for a puppy under 1 year old, and $100 for dogs 7 years old and older. You can pay online or give a check to the person who comes for the home visit.

Where can I come and see a pet that I’m interested in adopting?

You can email us at info@pawsinthecity.org, and we will make sure you connect with the pet! For instance, if we know you want to meet a particular dog, we connect you at one of our adoption events or a private get-to-know-you session.

What is the adoption fee and what is included?

The adoption fee varies between $100 and $300.

Get Involved

We can always use volunteers for events, transportation, and adoption activities.  Fosters also occasionally need support, and we can only make this whole thing work with our volunteers!

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