What To Expect
After all of your research and working with MycomPETibility’s matching process, are you ready to head to a shelter or other rescue organization to meet some animals?
Before you go, be sure to check out their adoption hours, as they vary greatly. There are also often age restrictions on adopting, so check those out as well and bring a valid photo ID with you.
Just like you, shelters and other rescue organizations are eager to help you find the perfect pet for you! The process varies from place to place, but to ensure great human-pet matches, many will ask you questions and have you fill out an application. (Sometimes you can fill out the application online, before you even visit the shelter.) Three of the most common reasons people end up having to give up pets are the cost of pet care, moving, and issues with landlords. So that’s why shelters will want you to answer questions about some of the following:
- The number and ages of children in your house
- The number and types of other pets you already have
- Whether you rent or own your home (if you rent, some shelters require proof that your landlord allows the type of pet you are considering adopting)
- What type of experience you’ve had with pets
- What your expectations are for a new animal
- Your lifestyle and activity level
- Your veterinarian (if you currently have one)—some shelters will check with your vet to ensure your current pets are up to date with their vaccinations and are healthy and well cared for
There are of course, almost no right or wrong answers—the aim is to help you think further about what kind of animal is right for you and assure the shelter staff that the pets are going to long-term homes at which they will be well cared for.
Once you’re at the shelter, you’ll have a chance to meet their animals and get to know them better. At this time, you’ll be able to ask staff members questions about specific animals as well as the adoption process in general.
There will be an adoption fee that varies by the type of pet, age, and other variables. This cost covers at least some of the shelter’s costs such as vaccinations, other medical costs, and food.
Often, before a final placement is made, shelters will want to ensure all members of your family—human and animal!—have met with your potential new family member. This is to make sure this match is a good fit for everyone. Sometimes, the agency will also request a home visit.
And don’t be discouraged if you don’t find what you think is the right fit right away—shelters/rescues are constantly receiving new animals!