The Adoption Process

Meet the Animals!

Our foster dogs and cats are available for adoption daily at Pet Harmony. Come see the dogs romping in playrooms and the cats frolicking in habitats. Spend some time with them and see who “speaks” to you. You will be amazed at who is waiting for you. We host larger adoption days every Saturday here!

If you are interested in meeting a dog or cat in between adoption days, please contact us to make the arrangements. Remember, several of our cats and dogs for adoption are playing at Pet Harmony every day, but some stay on the couch at their foster homes! Come on by and see us!

You must meet the animal prior to adoption. We do not ship our animals. However, we do allow out-of-state adoptions if you are willing to travel to us.
Adoption Process

  • You will first be asked to complete a matchmaking form, in which you answer questions regarding your home and lifestyle.
  • You will then talk with one or two experienced “animal matchmakers” to make sure that the right pet is matched to the right family.
  • You must be agreeable to a home visit prior to the adoption and sign an adoption contract.
  • The adoption fee (no out of state checks, please) covers current vaccines, deworming, spaying or neutering, microchipping, testing, a free post-adoption vet exam and 30 – 45 days of free ShelterCare vet health insurance for your peace of mind. At the time of adoption you will be given medical records of the cat/dog you are adopting.
  • Your adopted pet’s vaccines will be current at the time of adoption. Vaccines given include rabies, FVRCP (cats), and DHLPP & bordetella (dogs). For puppies and kittens: if they have not completed their vaccine booster series when adopted, the adoptive family will be responsible for finishing the vaccines. If the puppy/kitten is younger than 4 months of age, then the adoptive family will be responsible for getting their rabies vaccine.
  • All dogs and cats are spayed/neutered before adoption.
  • All dogs and cats will have been dewormed at least one time.
  • The dog/cat will have already been microchipped (except for small kittens). Your new pet will be registered with 24PetWatch, a national database. If your pet is ever missing, found, and scanned by a vet or shelter, he or she can be returned to you.
  • Cats will have tested negative for FIV and feline leukemia. Dogs will have tested negative for Heartworms and be current on Heartworm Prevention.

Adoptions Fees:

Cats:
Kittens (Under 6 mos) $125
Plain Ol’ Magnificant Cats $100
Fancy Kittens and Cats $150

Dogs:
Puppies (Under 6 mos) $150
Plain Ol’ Magnificent Dogs $125
Fancy Puppies and Dogs $200

Our Matchmaking Process

A friendly ACN volunteer will help match you with your pet

At Animal Compassion Network, our goal is to match the right cat or dog to the right home the first time out. Our matchmaking process is designed to learn about your lifestyle and expectations for a new pet and compare your answers to the needs and personalities of our specific cats and dogs. Our counselors are well-trained in the fine art of matchmaking.

We are proud of our extremely low adoption return rate, and we attribute this accomplishment to the fact that our animals live in foster homes. Not only do our foster homes work on obedience training and socialization, but adopters are encouraged to meet the people caring for the cat or dog and ask questions directly of them. There is no better way to know if that cat likes children or if that dog is a great traveling companion than to ask the people who are living with and caring for that animal on a daily basis. When you adopt from ACN, you know exactly who you are getting.

An ACN volunteer at work

It is also important to note that every animal in our network is safe for life. That means that they can stay in foster care as long as they need to find the best home for them, but it also means that in the rare case of an adoption return, the cat or dog goes right back into an ACN foster home. Once an animal has found the safety of Animal Compassion Network, they will never know fear or uncertainty again. For the rest of their lives, they will have a place with ACN.

Thank you for looking to adopt a rescued pet. Anyone who has ever had the privilege of living with a rescued animal knows that there is no greater loyalty and devotion than that which is given to you by a rescued pet.

Dear Animal Compassion Network “Cat Team” Volunteers:

Frank

It may take a village to raise a child but I have seen first hand how
it takes a great organization like yours to place a kitty in a forever
home.  I know to what lengths each of you went to help Frank become one
of your many success stories.  I cannot thank you enough, but I can let
you know that I always shall remember what you did for him and continue
to do for all of the other homeless kitties.

Like so many of the cats and kittens you save, Frank had a very bad
start in life, born hungry and fearful in the wild to abandoned
parents.  As a kitten, he adjusted well to his first home, only to be
returned to me two-and-a-half years later when someone in the family
developed allergies to pets.  You understood how hard this surrender
was for him and made every effort to make his transition to a real
forever home gentle and quick.

Frank (and I) were shown such kindness in his admission and
microchipping appointments. Giving him an opportunity to become
accustomed to PetSmart for a couple of days before the adoption day was
such a good idea.  He settled into his luxurious double condo with
relative ease because of the special attention and loving so many of
you shared with him.  He looked relaxed and spiffy on adoption day and
was much more comfortable with the excitement and handling by new
people because you had worked hard to help him adjust to the new
environment and to new people.

Perhaps best of all, you were very careful and professional about
screening the couple who wanted to adopt him.  Your willingness to
answer questions they may have after the adoption not only made them
feel comfortable but also underscored to them just how important Frank
(and every other kitty) is to ACN.  I believe that you have done
everything possible to ensure a kind, stable home for Frank.  It is
something he has always deserved and I hope has finally found through
the myriad of ways you have helped him in a very short period of time.

Best regards,

Ann Cary Hevener

A.C.N. deserves the middle name “Compassion”

“Recently I have fallen on difficult times. My Real Estate business is in the most precarious position of my twenty five year career. At the grocery store I would buy dog food, often at the sacrifice of my needs. This became overwhelming and it became apparent that I could not keep my beloved animals in the style in which they had become accustomed.

At this point, facing the heartbreaking option of putting them back into the adoption mill, I reached out to Animal Compassion Network. To my pleasant surprise, they acknowledged my value as a caretaker and agreed to supplement the animals nourishment until I could resume on my own.

This was done with great sensitivity, allowing me to retain my dignity through out the process. I will be forever grateful for this assistance and choose them as my nonprofit recipient in the future.

Sincerely,

Frank S.”