There’s nothing more heartbreaking than returning a rescue dog or a rescue cat to the rescue after realizing that said animal wasn’t a suitable addition to the family. To help ensure this doesn’t happen, there are several questions to ask yourself before adopting a pet.
Can I Afford A Pet?
Adoption fees are just the beginning. Vet exams and tests, vaccinations, medications, food, litter, toys, and regular checkups are a few examples of the costs to take into consideration—not to mention unforeseen expenses that may come into play further down the line.
Do I Have Enough Time To Care For A Pet?
Rescue dogs need a lot of exercise and attention, while rescue cats require play sessions to stay active. Do you have enough time to train your adopted pet? If you live alone and work long hours, who’s taking care of your rescue puppy?
Do I Have Suitable Accommodation?
Sometimes, your landlord or condo association may not allow pets. You should make certain this isn’t an issue. Also important to take into consideration is the size of your dwelling and whether your rescue dog will have easy access to an outside space and you are able to keep your rescue cat indoors.
Are My Children Responsible Enough For A Pet?
Very often, it’s the youngsters in the family that push for a cat or dog adoption. However, make sure your kids understand the responsibilities entailed with pet adoption. Furthermore, certain breeds of cats and dogs don’t mix well with large families and young children and vice versa. Before deciding to adopt, you should look into what breed might suit the family and everyone’s lifestyle.
If you already submitted an application and would like to apply for a new dog, you do not need to submit another application. Instead, please fill out the application update form.
More than 500 animals get rescued by ISWMP annually. Each has a different story to tell and each one of them is special in their own way. We rescue these animals from local and state shelters, streets, puppy mills, korean meat market..etc
All of them no matter where they came from are provided with basic needs, medical treatment, behavioral assessment, training, rehabilitation when necessary, protection, and most importantly love and tender care some of them have never experienced before.
The total cost of caring for and rehoming these animals is in hundreds of thousands of $. Adoption fees help offset these costs by covering 30% of the total. As a small rescue organization we mostly rely on private donations and our own fundraisers to cover expenses.
In addition to the adoption fee, adopters must agree to attend an initial training session with rescue trainer Cassian Sandeberg within 30 days of the Adopter taking possession of the animal. This session will be provided by Cassian at a discounted rate of $150 and will be paid directly to Cassian prior to the training session.
What does the adoption process include?
Do you allow adoptions out of state?
What should I expect from the home check?
We look for a safe and happy environment for all our animals. Depending on the animal’s breed and age, our requirements will change. In general, we want to make sure the dog cannot escape and is not exposed to any danger or things like loose wires. If we happen to find a potential issue, we may wait until the issue is fixed prior to allowing the dog to move to its new home.
What does meet and greet look like?
A meet and greet is a chance for you to meet the dog in person and see if you are a good match. Meet and greets usually last between 40 min to an hour and are helpful if you have another animal for them to meet. Depending on the breed and needs of the rescue dog, there may be a trainer involved to make sure you get the right instructions of a boundaries that needs to be set right from the moment an animal enters a new home. It’s possible to adopt immediately upon meeting the dog, pay and fill out the contract at the meet and greet.For some dogs we will require two or three meets and greets before we allow the adoption to be closed.
How will I know if my application is approved?
We give our best to contact approved adopters for the dog they applied for within 14 days of their application. At this time we are not in a position to contact all applicants. Unfortunately, due to a high volume of applications, we are unable to get back to every person as we are working 24/7 to save dogs. Your patience is greatly appreciated.