K9 Crusaders Adoption Process
Adopting a pet is a very important decision and we do our very best to ensure every adoption is successful and all our animals are placed in forever homes best suited for their individual needs.
Step 1 - Adoption Application
When you see an animal you are interested in adopting or would like our help to find you the perfect pet, you should complete an adoption application online. The application entails questions about your family dynamics, living situation, as well as specific questions about what you are looking for in a pet. These questions help our adoption coordinators determine if your lifestyle, expectations and experience is a good match with the animal of your choice or help us match you with a better-suited animal. Once you have submitted an application, you will receive a confirmation email so you know we have received your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email, your application was not received. PLEASE NOTE: Please complete the adoption application from a desktop computer only. For some reason, applications completed online via smart phone do not submit.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we will only be responding to applicants we feel may be a suitable match. It may take up to seven to ten (7-10) days for us to respond to your application. We appreciate your patience.
Step 2 - Phone Interview
After we have selected your application to move forward, we will contact you within seven to ten (7-10) days to set up a time for a phone interview. We spend this time getting to know your life, family, schedule and what you are looking for in a dog. You have an opportunity to tell us about your life and how a dog would fit into your family. After this, we will decide whether to proceed further with your application, suggest another animal or discontinue.
Step 3 - Pre-Screening & Reference Checks
During this time, our adoption coordinators assess your application and decide whether you will be a good match for your desired animal. This process includes calling your references and veterinary clinic, and if your application meets our requirements at this stage, you can expect to be contacted by one of our adoption coordinators to arrange a home visit. Please ensure you call your references and veterinarian to make them aware they will expect a call from one of our volunteers.
Step 4 - Home Visit
An adoption coordinator will contact you to arrange a home visit. This process involves a tour of your home, meeting all members of your family, discussing your needs and experience and answering any other questions we may have. At this time, we may also arrange a meet and greet with the animal, so we can see how it interacts with you, other animals and in your home environment.
Please note: In situations where we have multiple applications that equally meet or exceed our requirements, we base our selection on the family geographically closer to our rescue. This allows us the opportunity to provide ongoing support and respond to requests for assistance in a more timely fashion, should it be necessary.
Step 5 - Extended Visit
If everything goes well at the home visit and you are the chosen adopter for the animal, we will begin an extended visit. During this two-week time period, the animal would live with your family. At this time, we expect you to fully commit to the adoption by paying the adoption fee in full, begin training and allowing the animal to appropriately adjust to the new environment. In some case, you may experience fearfulness, barking, whining, house soiling, hiding and so on, until the animal trusts you and adapts to his/her new family. Our volunteers can assist you throughout this process if there are any issues, concerns or if you need any advice. If you decide the animal is not a good match for your family, you must return him/her to our care and we can try to match you with another animal or we will return 50% of the adoption fee paid. If the extended visit goes well, you can decide to finalize the adoption.
Step 6 - Adoption Finalized
After the extended visit, we can finalize the adoption if our adoption coordinators and you believe it is the perfect match. The adoption can only be finalized if all vetting has been completed, otherwise, you will be considered a foster-to-adopt. For example, if you want to adopt a young animal, but it cannot be spayed/neutered until is reaches a certain age, the animal will stay in your care until all vetting is complete and we can finalize. You will receive a complete adoption package with medical files, certificate of adoption, pet insurance information and more.
Please know this process can take some time depending on the number of applications received for each animal. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for our team to assess the animal, his/her medical needs and process applications. Thank you.