Adopt.

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Adopt a Forever Friend


When you partner with CARA to find your next family pet, it allows us to save two lives.  The one you gave a forever home to and one who was able to not be placed with a kill shelter. Our adoption process is designed to create lasting smiles, purrs, and wags by matching the right animal to the right home.  Our main goal to make the process as comfortable as possible and make sure you are happy with your choice.  There is no better moment than when one of our animals gets to go to their forever home.

 

Fill out an ADOPTION APPLICATION.

 

Lost your pet?  View our Astray Bed and Breakfast pets.

 

Unable to adopt?  Help those in need by becoming a Guardian Angel.

 

Owning a pet is a lifetime commitment and our adoption process is structured to find our pets loving and responsible forever homes.   It is our first priority to find suitable, permanent placement.  We place our pets at a first come, first serve basis and we do not hold pets based off of an adoption application being filed.

 

We encourage all interested parties to view our pets during regular business hours.  We understand that some potential adopters have busy schedules with commitments to uphold, so we do offer viewing by appointment.   We highly suggest all potential adopters to complete an adoption application to start the initial process (we will hold your application for 6 months).  

 

If you find a pet you are interested in, please understand that we do not hold the pet even though you completed an application.  You may place a deposit to place the pet on hold until your application is approved.  Once approved, the deposit will go towards the cost of the adoption fee.   

 

Approval of any application is at the discretion of the Animal Shelter staff, and will be made in the interests of finding the best permanent home for each animal.

 

The staff is wonderful. We adopted our sweet cat, Lila from them and I could not be happier.”

Lois Kumm Happ

💞What a compassionate and caring shelter! The rescues are so loved and cared for.💞”

Joyce Fox-Tyler

Very friendly people and showed true concern for their animals.”

Megan Jeremy Deck

People here have a heart!!!

Cathy Bedard

Every Hero Needs a Sidekick

Kittens

“Kittens are like angels with whiskers.”

 

-Terri Guillemets

 

Cats

“What greater gift than the love of a cat?”

 

-Charles Dickens

 

Puppies

“Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot little puppies.”

 

– Gene Hill

 

Dogs

“My little dog – a heartbeat at my feet.”

 

-Edith Wharton

 

Adopting is a Walk in the Park

Submit Your Application

Adoptees are Fully Vetted

Find the Perfect Fit

Some of the pets in our care where rescued from situations of abuse or neglect.  The questions we ask are to make sure that their new home is able to meet all their needs and fill their lives with love and happiness.

All of our animals are spay and neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, Heartworm/FeLV/FIV tested and microchipped.  Each has been socialized with all ages of people and other animals.  Your new companion looks forward to meeting you!

After reviewing your application, we may have a few follow up questions in order to find your perfect fit.  Our staff will match you to the right pet given your family situation, size, living conditions, space, temperament and age.

The Typical Adoption Process

  • Potential parents complete the Adoption Application Form with as much information as possible.

  • Once processed, you will be contacted by a staff member to follow up on your application and answer any questions you may have.

  • Plan your visit! We will set up a date and time for you to come to the shelter to help you find the perfect fit for your family.  Be sure to check individual profiles for availability if there is an animal in particular you would like to meet.

  • Once your entire family and any other dogs in the family have met with your new pet, we can make it official!  Our adoption staff will take you step by step through the final stretch of paperwork.

  • Congratulations!  It is time to introduce your new companion to their forever home and share the great news with friends and family!

 

Adoption FAQ

What are the requirements to adopt?

 >>  Before applying to adopt, ensure all family members are in agreement with adopting a new pet. We do not do surprises or gifts.

 >>  You must complete an adoption application online.

>>  Be 21 years of age or older.

>>  You must receive a phone call or email from our application specialist that your application is approved.

>>  All members of the household must be present, including any other dogs you may currently own, in order to do a final adoption (cats do not have to come to the shelter – we will cat test here because we know how stressful it is on the cats to be transported).

>>  Dogs that you currently own must be current on distemper and rabies vaccinations prior to visiting the shelter for any adoption. And cats must be current on their distemper vaccine.

>>  Adopters who currently have pets or have had a pet will also need to provide a vet reference on the adoption application.

Why is there a complex screening process for adopters?

Our trained staff make sure that the right pet is matched up with your family.

Our application gives us the necessary information to help to ensure the right fit.

What are the adoption hours?

All adoptions and visits to the shelter are Tuesday – Saturday from 1pm to 4pm. If your schedule does not work for these times, please call us and we will be happy to schedule an appointment with you and your family.

Why does C.A.R.A. require you to call before arriving to view available pets for adoptions?

To allow our staff to focus on providing the best care possible to the animals in our care, our rescue shelter is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 1pm – 4pm.  We ask that any visitors please call before arriving to make sure a Volunteer is available to assist you once you arrive.  With this policy, we are able to better care for the animals and be able to assist you with finding a loving pet that fits perfectly into your family.

Who should come with me to the shelter when I’m ready to adopt?

All members of the household must be present, including any other dogs you may currently own, in order to do a final adoption (cats do not have to come to the shelter. We will cat test here because we know how stressful it is on the cats to be transported).

Can I put the animal on hold until I’m ready to adopt?

We do not allow anyone to put a pet on hold if they are not ready to move forward with the adoption process. The second a dog or cat is adopted, we are saying yes to another one at a high kill facility that may have minutes to hours to live and that is why we never place holds for anyone who isn’t quite ready to adopt.

What is the cost to adopt an animal from C.A.R.A.?

Our adoption donations for dogs & puppies ranges from $100-$500 (each individual profile will state the adoption donation). Many older dogs have reduced adoption donations which are listed on their individual profiles. Our adoption donations for cats & kittens ranges from $110-$150 (each individual profile will state the adoption donation). Many older cats have reduced adoption donations which are listed on their individual profiles.

What types of payment do you accept?

All adoption donations MUST be in cash, money order, traveler’s check, cashier’s check or by personal check.

Credit and debit cards are not accepted at this time.

I am interested in adopting two dogs or cats.

Wonderful! Most animals love to be with another dog or cat. We love when people adopt two animals together; we can let you know who their “buddy” has been while with us at the shelter. It is usually best if you’re thinking of adopting two animals, that you do so at the same time so they are introduced to your home together and one doesn’t feel the need to become territorial.

How can I be sure the animal I am interested in is available at the shelter when I visit?

Not all of the animals are available for viewing or adoption right away so make sure you look on their individual profiles on the website.

 

>>   If there isn’t a date on their profile, they are available now

>>   If they have a date, they can not  adopted until that date

>>   If their profile says “I’m in foster care” then an appointment has to be made after your application is approved

What is the definition of a no-kill animal shelter?

No adoptable animal should be euthanized if it can be adopted into a suitable home.  Adoptable animals include only those animals eight weeks of age or older that, at or subsequent to the time the animal is impounded or otherwise taken into possession, have manifested no sign of disease, injury, or congenital or hereditary condition that adversely affects the health of the animal or that is likely to adversely affect the animal’s health in the future.

Because We Mattered, your donations helped us find our forever homes!

Because We Mattered, your donations helped us find our forever homes!

  • Posted on FB. CARA Adoptable Kittens.
  • Adopted Dog. Kindler.

  • Adopted cat. Dovey.
  • Adopted Dog. Coco.
  • Cats

  • Adopted Dog. Roxy.
  • Adopted Cat. Spookie.
  • Adopted Dog. Clarence.