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So you want to adopt.
Begin the process by taking a look at our available animals. We know we have some very cute photos, but please be sure to read the descriptions by clicking on the animal's photo. They include information about age, weight, lifestyle preferences, and how the animal does with children and other animals. We also occasionally list some requirements to adopt specific animals, so please be sure to read the whole description. Once you have an animal or two in mind, make sure to check that you are allowed to have that animal in your housing situation. Some landlords, condo or home associations, and home insurances have breed restrictions and we would not want you to find out too late.
Give us a call at 603-472-3647 x201. Please note that we do not have a receptionist, and we are not always able to pick up right away. The same staff caring for the animals are the ones answering the phones, so please be patient! If you do not reach someone on the first try, please leave us a voicemail with ideal call back times if need be. We always return calls within 24 hours. As soon as we are able, an adoption counselor will return your call to speak with you more about the animal(s) you are interested in. If it is a good fit, we will work with you to set up an appointment within the next two days.
Once you have an appointment with an animal, that animal is not available for anyone else to meet with.
We do not book appointments out more than 48 hours in order to not hold any animal back from other adoption opportunities.
We ask that all members of the household come to meet the animal, as well as resident dogs if you are interested in adopting an additional dog.
When you arrive for your appointment park in the first parking lot on your left, go to the front doors and ring the buzzer to the right of the doors so we know you have arrived. If you are planning on adopting a small animal, please bring a safe and secure carrier. An adoption counselor will introduce you to the animal you are interested in and answer any additional questions you may have.
If you are bringing your dog to meet a dog, your adoption counselor will facilitate that meeting and determine its success.
Some of our animals are able to go home same day to perfect fit homes, and some of our animals need more visits before they are ready to leave. Your adoption counselor can tell you ahead of time if the animal you are interested in is able to go home the same day.
It is at the discretion of your adoption counselor if the adoption process will be continued after your first meeting.
If you are cleared to adopt and need to prepare or make sure you are making the right decision, we will typically hold the animal for you for an additional day to give you some time. The exception is puppies and kittens, who we do not hold for any additional time.
Congratulations! You have found a new best friend and been cleared to adopt. Our paperwork process is short and we do not have a formal application process. We prefer card payments and ask that you bring a smartphone if one is available to you. Your adoption counselor will review your pet's medical records with you and any additional information you will need to know. You will be given a small bag of the food your pet has been eating and feeding instructions. If you are adopting a dog, we will fit your dog to a brand new martingale collar complete with a nylon leash.
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