Standards for Adoptions

The purpose of our adoption program is to place an animal in a responsible home where it will:

  • Receive veterinary care when needed

  • Not add to the pet overpopulation problem

  • Be controlled so it will not roam free in the neighborhood

  • Be happy with its owner and the owner happy with the pet

  1. Adopters will allow for a minimum of 30 days adjustment period for the animal to adjust to its new environment and family.

  2. Animals will be placed with adults to be kept as companion animals. They are to be accepted as family members, receiving proper nourishment, medical care and attention. Continuous outdoor confinement is not acceptable.

  3. All male and female animals must be neutered. A mature animal must be neutered within 30 days of adoption. Juvenile animals must be sterilized at 5 months of age.

  4. We discourage the adoption of puppies or kittens to homes with very young children.

  5. We will not place puppies into homes if no one is home most of the day or all day because these animals need special attention and care. It is cruel and inhumane to leave puppies home for long periods of time unattended. Special exceptions will be taken into consideration.

  6. A fenced yard is ideal for all dogs. This protects the dog from roaming and owners from liability their loose animal may cause. Dogs should never be left unattended in a yard. Chaining is not acceptable. Dogs will not be placed in homes where they will be allowed to run at large. An Knine Rescue representative may visit your residence to confirm proper confinement requirements.

  7. Adopters must be at least 18 years of age. Identification is required to adopt any pet. All adults in the household must agree to the selection of the chosen pet. Parents, relatives, roommates, etc must visit with the pet within 24 hours of the application.

  8. Animals cannot be adopted as gifts. Animals shall not be given away or sold to another individual or organization. They must be returned to Annie’s Orphans Rescue if the adopter can no longer keep and properly care for the animal.

  9. Permission from the landlord is required of persons living on rental property. The landlord or rental agency will be notified personally. You must provide the name and number of your landlord or agency within 24 hours or we will move on to the next applicant.

  10. All animals must have collars with owner identification tags, rabies and license tags. If your animal is lost, a tag may be the only way to have your animal returned to you.

  11. Currently owned animals should be up-to-date on vaccinations. Mature animals should be neutered. Your veterinarian may be contacted to verify your pet’s health record.

  12. A veterinarian must examine all animals within a week of adoption. In the event an animal is sick at the time of time adoption, you may be required to see a veterinarian immediately. If the veterinarian’s exam indicates that the animal has a serious illness,Annie’s Orphans should be notified immediately. Regular veterinary exams should be given throughout the animal’s lifetime.