At West Valley Humane Society, we know that the shelter environment is not always a good fit for our pets. The transition from a home environment where they are comfortable to a shelter environment can put stress on their health and behavior.
Animals that are adopted from a home environment tend to be happier, healthier, and have fewer behavioral concerns than pets in a shelter environment. The Adopt From Home program allows an owner or foster to adopt an animal out from the comfort of a home.
For animals to participate in the Adopt From Home Program the following must happen:
- The pet must be brought to the shelter to be vetted and evaluated.
- If the pet has any medical records like spay/neuter history or vaccine records, please bring them.
- Pets would leave the shelter in the care of their owner or caregiver as a foster home during the adoption process.
- For pets that are already altered: we will evaluate the animal’s health and bring them up to date on vaccines and parasite treatment. Staff will make the animal an account, post them as available for adoption on our website and send them back to the comfort of a home.
- For pets that are not altered: we will evaluate the animal’s health, bring them up to date on vaccinations and parasite treatment, and spay/neuter them prior to adoption. They would then go back to the comfort of home while waiting for adoption.
- Animals available for adoption would be promoted by the shelter as well as the caregiver in order to get them adopted into a new and loving home.
There are many benefits of adopting a pet from a home environment. We have noticed the following as positive trends:
- Pets are less stressed and have healthier immune systems. This prevents animals from contracting common communicable diseases like: Upper Respiratory Infections, Kennel Cough, Panleukopenia, and Calicivirus.
- Animals show their true personalities more accurately. This allows the caregiver and adopter to have more accurate conversations about the pet and their true colors.
- Caregivers are able to have conversations with potential adopters and ensure the animal in their care is going to a home that would be a good fit.
- The caregiver or foster would be required to provide a personality write-up on the pet which we will use to place them for adoption on our website.
- The caregiver or foster should provide good pictures to show the animal in their best light.
- The caregiver or foster would be required to provide their contact information on the adoption profile for potential adopters to contact you directly.
- The caregiver or foster is recommended to also create a profile for the pet on AdoptAPet.com for additional promotion. Click on “Rehome A Pet” and follow the prompts to post for adoption.
- The caregiver or foster must be able to come to the shelter with the adopter to finalize the adoption process.