Pets Four Paws at a Time
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Please take a few moments to read the following explanation of our adoption
policies and the steps that make up the process. You may be surprised to find
that adopting an animal is a more involved process than expected, or that it
means you can't have immediate access to an animal you are interested in.
Therefore, it's important to understand two things:
1. The process is the same for everyone.
2. It is not our intent to frustrate you.
Everything that we do is in the best interest of the animals in our care and is
aimed at giving them the best possible chance of finding a permanent home.
If you would like to be considered for adoption you must complete an adoption
application which we will
email to you. When you request please specify if you
need a cat or dog application. The application will help us know which of our
pets might be a match for your lifestyle and household. Please read each pet's
profile on our Petfinder site. We will specify any special needs or restrictions
on each pet such as needing a fenced yard, a home without children, a home
without other pets, etc... Please do not apply for an animal if you do not meet
any listed requirements.
After we receive your application, your references will be checked and a
decision will be made. If we cannot match you to a pet it is not a reflection on
your home or family. Many of our pets have very special needs and have already
been abandoned at least once in their lives. We are very careful in their
placement and will only place them in a home they are a perfect match for. This
will lead to a lifetime of love and happiness for the pet and the adopting
All adopters must meet the following requirements
1. Adopters must submit an adoption application. Applications
must be fully completed and all questions answered very
specifically. Applications with questions left blank or not
specifically answered will not be approved.
2. A vet reference must be provided that can verify the care of
your past and present pets. All past and present pets must be
altered (spayed/neutered), current on vaccinations, receiving
regular annual checkups and vet care, dogs should be heartworm
tested and on preventatives and cats should be Feline Leukemia
3. The majority of our pets will be altered before adoptions.
The adopter must alter any pet that is not altered prior to
adoption, within 30 days or by the pet's six month birthday.
This is enforceable and required under Iowa State Law, violating
the alter clause will cost the adopter a $1000 breach of
contract fee, all court costs, and can be prosecuted as a
criminal misdemeanor in the state of Iowa.
4. We prefer our pets be adopted as indoor companion pets, a
loved member of the family. We are willing to adopt to outdoor
homes under the proper circumstances. We do not adopt to homes
where the dog is allowed to run loose without proper
supervision. We do not adopt dogs to homes that ONLY want a
hunting dog. They may possibly be able to be trained for
hunting, but may also not be suitable for hunting.
5. Once approved for adoption, all adopters will sign a
legally binding contract specifying the terms under which they
will care for the animal and that People For Pets retains the
right of first refusal if the animal ever has to be given up in
the future. A $1000 breach of contract clause will be enforced
if any of the terms of the adoption contract are broken.
Here are the steps you'll go through in the adoption process
1. Before you can see any animal in our kennels we ask that you
complete some paperwork. This paperwork must be completed first
in order to minimize stress for you and the animals.
2. Our process includes asking questions such as to see proof of
identity and veterinary references. This is simply to protect
the health of adoption candidates and the pets you already have.
3. Once all the paperwork has been completed in full, you may
handle, and visit the animal you're interested in.
4. You will have a counseling session with a knowledgeable member
of our staff who will fill you in on the history and needs of
that animal and his feeding and exercise requirements. You can
ask your counselor any questions about spaying or neutering,
house training, obedience training, furniture scratching,
veterinary care, how to deal with fleas/ticks, and anything else
you can think of.
5. You will be asked to sign an adoption contract and pay an
adoption fee. This fee covers spaying or neutering, veterinary
care, deworming, vaccines and basic care your pet has received at
PLEASE NOTE: As a general rule, we cannot hold animals for
anyone because of the tremendous demands on our kennel space.
All adoptions must be done on a first come first serve basis.
The first good, properly qualified prospective home will get the
We don't ever mean to be frustrating or evasive with you. We
want you to understand that its a stressful, upsetting, and
devastating for all parties involved when adoptions don't work
out and pets have to come back to us. A bad adoption experience
can sour people on dogs, cats, or shelter animals in general for
life. So be patient with us and understand that going through
the process the way we do really is the best policy for everyone
Why Spay & Neuter?
Each day 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. - and each day
70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth
rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the
animals. As a result, every year 4 to 6 million animals are
euthanized because there are no homes for them. If you allow
your pet to breed, even if you find a good home for the litter,
they take the place of the homeless puppies, kittens and full
grown dogs and cats in shelters that need to be adopted. Your
litter may well take the life of a living, loving, wonderful ~
but homeless pet. What can you do to stop the suffering?
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