Adoption Procedures

Our adoption process has changed. Over the last few months, we have been evaluating how we go about adopting out animals and some things have changed. Our lobby is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Visits to our open cattery are welcome between 10:00 am and 3:30 pm. If you choose one of our cats we will have you fill out an adoption application. This application is then approved by a member of management after we have checked you out through the Sheriff’s department website and Clerk.org. Many of our adopters are frequent visitors to our facility or repeat adopters. We thank you!

Our process for dogs has changed dramatically. We no longer allow visitors into the kennel area. Instead, we take some time and talk to you about your home, your other pets, your family and what you are looking for in a dog. There are several reasons for this change. Visitors other than employees stress out the dogs and they do not reflect their real personalities. If you meet them outside of the kennel area they are very different. Our dog caretakers know their dogs, and they know if they like cats, kids, etc. One of our employees actually tests our dogs with kids with her own child. We will not pair you with a dog that we feel will not work for you and your family. If we do not know you we will also check you out with the same resources we use for the cats.

We have taken this action to ensure that our dogs go into safe and loving homes. We have received some complaints about our new process and felt we should explain it and hope the public understands that our ONLY concern is the animals. That is why we are here. We will continue to do what we think is best for our pets.

We thank you for your understanding and we thank all of our supporters, volunteers and our employees who work so hard each day.

Bring Them Back

Every now and then we have adoption failure. We do our very best to place our adoptable dogs and cats in good, stable homes. We have made some big changes to our adoption process in the past two months, especially with respect to the dogs. Every now and then one slips by us. Today was one of those days. Purely by accident one of our staff members discovered that one of our puppies that we had adopted out had been surrendered to another shelter. We did a little sleuthing and discovered that indeed, one of our puppies was at a neighboring shelter. They did not realize it had come from us because the dog was left tied to a pole in front of their building with a note. The dog’s name had been changed so they had no way of knowing it had been adopted at Edgewater. They are full and were only too happy to let us come get our puppy.

She is now safely back at the shelter, we will get her some training and find her a more appropriate home. The moral of the story is this. We totally understand that sometimes a pet does not work out. It happens. How it is handled from there is the most important part. Every rescue and shelter that I know of have an adoption contract, in that contract it states if the adoption does not work out bring the pet back to the shelter you adopted it from. Please don’t adopt a pet, change your mind and dump it somewhere. Most people would be horrified and would never do that but there are those that do. I appeal to you please just bring it back to where you got it, keep them safe. I cringe at the thought of what could have happened to that puppy before they found it. Luckily all is well, but too often that is not the case. Cats get dumped in remote areas, dogs let out in grocery store parking lots and worse. Just bring it back.