Our Adoption Process
When you first arrive at our shelter you will be asked to fill out a brief questionnaire. This questionnaire helps us to find the right pet for you. Our adoption counselors act as “match makers” and will work with you to find the right match - for both you and the animal based on the information you have given us.
Based on the information you provided in your questionnaire, we will introduce you to the animals we think will be a good fit. If we do not find a match at your first visit, don’t despair. Sometimes it takes a few visits to find the perfect fit. We will keep your questionnaire on file for 2 months but please call us if you see an animal advertised that appeals to you. We cannot take special requests so please, check in with us frequently!
If you meet an animal that both you and the adoption counselor feels is a good match, you will be given an APPLICATION form to complete.
We ask for a (A) personal reference, (this can be a friend, neighbor or other non-related reference) that can attest to your ability to care for a pet. (B) If you rent or own a condo, we ask for your building information to make sure you are allowed to have cats or dogs in your property. This information can be in the form of a lease/rental/condo agreement (on company letterhead) or the phone number of a leasing office or landlord. (C) If you currently have a pet, or have had one within the last 5 years, we ask for your vet’s information. Please provide any and all vet information that pertains to each animal (i.e. Petco Clinic for annual vaccines, vet office ABC for routine care and specialist XYZ for sick visits). It may be necessary to provide your vet(s) with permission to release your pets’ information to our adoption counselors. Doing this in advance will speed up the process.
If you are looking to adopt a dog, we ask that all members of the household be present to meet the dog (or be able to come down to meet the dog at some point). This includes other dogs in the household. Not all dogs like each other and it’s better to find this out before you take the dog home. All dog-dog introductions will be done in the safety of the shelter with our staff present. Expect this meeting to take 30-45 minutes.
If the dogs do not get along, do not interact, ignore each other or otherwise seem unhappy with each other, we will not proceed with the adoption. We want the process to be a happy one for every member of the family – 2 legged and 4!
How long does it take to adopt?
Cat application can usually be processed within 2-4 days. This time frame may be longer during peak adoption season (summer). Dog applications may take a few days longer if we have to set up meetings with other family members or dogs. Applications may be delayed if references do not return our calls or if multiple calls are needed. It’s a good idea to let your landlord, personal reference and vet know to expect a call from us and if we leave a message, please ask them to return it promptly so we can expedite the process.
Once I submit an application am I guaranteed that animal?
No, we take more than one application per pet and submitting an application does not guarantee that you will be approved for adoption.
Are there fees to adopt and what do I get for my money?
Yes, there are Adoption Fees:
Your Cats adoption Fee includes:
spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccine, distemper vaccine, FIV/Felv testing, deworming, flea treatment and a free starter bag of Science Diet Pet Food.
Your Dogs adoption Fee includes:
spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccine, distemper vaccine, Bordetella vaccine, heartworm testing, deworming, flea treatment and a free starter bag of Science Diet Pet Food.
The adoption fee may seem excessive to some people but it only covers a fraction of the shelters expense related to caring for each animal.
What will I get when I adopt?
We will give you copies of the animal’s medical records and any other information pertaining to the animal. You will get a certificate that allows you to visit our partners, Norwell Vet Hospital, for a reduced cost vet visit. We will give you food to start your pet off, a coupon for Science Diet brand pet food and tips and helpful information on how to acclimate your new pet to your home and other animals.
WHAT DRIVES US: The Epidemic of Unwanted Pets in the United States Millions of pets are euthanized each year because, quite simply, there are not enough homes for them. This unfortunate situation is referred to as “pet overpopulation” and there are numerous reasons for the problem including economic conditions, uninformed pet owners, and irresponsible and unintended pet breeding.
WHAT WE BELIEVE: Pet overpopulation can and should be addressed without resorting to unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable animals.
OUR MISSION The Scituate Animal Shelter exists to benefit both the companion animalsand people of our community by operating as a no-kill animal shelter that provides adoption/rescue services and meaningful outreach programs which advance the welfare of companion animals, serve our community, and make a positive impact on pet overpopulation.
1. Rescue. Operate as a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, including:
2. Serve. Facilitate accessible, affordable community programs, including:
3. Educate. Promote responsible pet ownership, including:
OUR VISION At the Scituate Animal Shelter, we are working toward a time when everyadoptable pet has a proper, loving home.
For more information about us, please visit our website @ www.ScituateAnimalShelter.org