Due to the current public health concerns, our animals are only available for private meetings in Murphysboro, Illinois, once you have an approved application on file with us). We are providing individual meetings with one staff member and the pet you are interested in, and asking that adopters bring as few people to the meeting as possible, for the health and safety of our staff and your family. Face coverings are required at meetings, and we will maintain social distancing during the meeting.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work together to stay safe and healthy while finding loving homes for the animals in our program.
What is the adoption process?
Once you have completed an online adoption application, you will be emailed with its status within 1 business day. Once you have received your approval, you are eligible to "reserve" (put a hold on) one specific available animal for the upcoming adoption event. Reservation appointments can be requested by email. You will have the opportunity to meet the pet that you have reserved at the event, and if it is the right pet for you, you WILL be able to take them home with you THAT DAY!
What does it take to get approved?Ultimately, we are looking for these things in a potential new pet Family:
Financial capability of caring for a new pet.
Anyone adopting a dog or cat needs to be able to afford the cost of care for that animal. You'll have food, routine vet costs, unexpected vet costs, accessories, licensing fees, routine medications and much more that you'll have to pay for.
Basic Knowledge of Pet Care, or a Willingness to Learn.
TIME, TIME, TIME.
Even if you have a big yard for your dog to play in, do you know what he will do? He will sit at the door, staring dolefully at you through the screen, or he will lie on the deck and sleep in the sun. Pack animals crave INTERACTION, and you need to be able to provide that. You need to get out there in the grass and fling that drool-soaked tennis ball!
Even cats need and crave attention, though they can be left alone for longer throughout the day. A single cat will get lonely and bored without regular interaction with her human companions. She needs toys, and she needs you to play with them WITH her!
Be honest with yourself as you make your adoption decision - do you have the time, money, and knowledge to really take care of the pet you want?
Go to the library and get a couple of dog-training books or a "Why does my Cat do that?" style book. Buy some magazines at the pet supply store. Read up and prepare. Make sure pet guardianship is a "head" decision as well as a "heart" decision. You won't regret it, and your pet will thank you for it!