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ADOPTION PROCESS & FAQs

 

*All Adoption Applicants are required to read in full the following information regarding the Adoption Procedures and FAQs prior to submitting an Adoption Application.

Adopting a dog from Take Paws Rescue is a commitment for life. While we will always take a dog back into our care if an adoption should fail, know that we will expect you to do everything in your power to address the problem first, including seeking professional training. We will provide you with support and resources to be successful, but your commitment is crucial to success.

In order to provide transparency and clarity into the process, Take Paws Rescue has established the following procedures and policies in relation to the Adoption Process.

Step 1: Read this document in full. It answers most questions we receive regarding the rescue and the adoption process. If you still have questions, email us at adopt@takepawsrescue.org

Step 2: Pay the Application Fee online. Your application will NOT be considered without a one-time $10 donation.

Step 3: Complete the Adoption Application online. We apologize for the inconvenience, but the application can only be accessed on a desktop or iPad. It does not currently work on most mobile phones. If you cannot complete it online, you can print out the application and email it to adopt@takepawsrescue.org.

Step 4: Your application will be reviewed by an Adoption Coordinator.

  • If any information on the application is incomplete or determined to be false, it will be NOT reviewed.

  • If, based on your application, you are considered to be a potential adoption candidate, a volunteer Adoption Coordinator will perform a vet reference check, if applicable.

Step 5: If you are considered to be a potential adoption candidate based on the application review and vet reference check, your application will be sent to a Home Visit Coordinator. A Home Visit will be scheduled, and all members of a household (people & animals) must be present for the home visit. If the applicant lives out of the area or state, other arrangements can be made.

Step 6: A member of the Home Visit Team will meet with you at your home. This is a very important step in the adoption process. The volunteer is there to make sure your home environment and lifestyle is a good fit for the pet you are interested in. Our volunteers want the best for the dogs we adopt as well as the people adopting from us.

Step 7: Your Home Visit report will be reviewed by our volunteers. If you are determined to be an Approved Adopter based on your Home Visit, an Adoption Coordinator will contact you to discuss the status of any specific dog/puppy you are interested in adopting. They will assist in setting up visits with available dogs that might be a good fit based on what you are looking for.

Step 8: If, after full approval, there is not an available dog or puppy that is an ideal fit or it is not an ideal time for you to adopt, we will add you to our Pre-Approved Adopter List.  

 

Q: How long does the adoption process take?

  • We are a fully volunteer-run organization. Please be patient if you do not have an immediate response. Every member of our team has many other work and family obligations. We try to be as efficient and responsive as possible. Each adoption application takes time to fully screen and we typically receive over 400 applications a month. Please understand that our primary obligation is to the dogs entrusted to our care.

Q: Why is the adoption process so detailed?

  • While we realize that our screening process may seem extensive and may occasionally (and unfortunately) eliminate some good homes, it is a process that has been developed through years of experience and we stand firmly behind it. Our goal is place Take Paws Rescue dogs into their forever homes and we take it very seriously.  We want to do everything we can to insure the dog and adopters are a good fit. Having to return a dog to the rescue is traumatic for a dog and typically the adopters as well. This is why Take Paws does its due diligence during the application process.

Q: What are the adoption fees?

  • Puppies under 12 months - $300

  • Dogs over 12 months - $200

 

 Q: What does the adoption fee cover?

  • Take Paws Rescue covers the costs of the following services performed only by Batt Veterinary Services, located at 1125 General Ogden, New Orleans, LA 70118   (504) 228-4692

    • All necessary vaccinations prior to adoption, including multiple rounds of puppy vaccinations between 2-4 months of age.

    • Puppy deworming.

    • Spay/Neuter Surgery, either prior to adoption or performed at 6 months of age if you adopt a puppy under 6 months.

    • Microchip.

    • If your newly adopted pup is undergoing heartworm treatment at the time of adoption, Take Paws Rescue will cover the cost of the remaining treatment.

 

Q: Why does Take Paws charge so much for their adoptions?

  • 100% of the adoption fee goes back towards the care of the dogs saved by Take Paws. These fees help pay for the cost of veterinary care for the dogs, high-quality dog and puppy food fed to dogs while in the rescue, flea/tick/heartworm preventatives and general dog/puppy supplies needed to provide daily care. The average cost to care for a dog while in rescue far exceeds the adoption fee collected. The difference comes from fundraising and donations.

 

Q: Why is there an application fee and do I have to pay it for each dog I am interested in?

  • Take Paws Rescue charges a one-time $10 application fee. You do not have to pay it separately for each dog you are interested in. The application fee is a donation that helps us to cover the costs of caring for our rescue and is non-refundable. Collection of a one-time fee insures that applicants are serious about adopting. We receive a lot of applications from all over the country. Charging a fee helps the dogs get the care they need while eliminating some candidates that are not serious about the process. 

 

Q: Where is your rescue located?

  • ​Take Paws Rescue is a foster based, 100 % volunteer group located in New Orleans, Louisiana. We have fosters throughout the New Orleans and surrounding areas. We are not a shelter.

​Q: What is your phone number?

  • ​Take Paws Rescue is a team of volunteers located all over the New Orleans area. We do not currently have a central phone number. All questions should be sent to adopt@takepawsrescue.org. This insures your message if forwarded to the appropriate volunteer for a call-back if needed.

Q: Where can I meet the dog I’m interested in?

  • ​We currently do not have a facility where you can meet our adoptable dogs. Take Paws Rescue is a volunteer, non-profit, foster-based rescue. This means that our dogs live in homes with volunteers until they are adopted.

  • Take Paws holds events around the New Orleans area every week to provide opportunities for potential adopters to meet dogs. Please follow us @takepawsrescue on Facebook to see a list of upcoming events.

  • Once an applicant is approved through the Application Process, arrangements will be made between the potential adopter and the foster volunteers to introduce you to the dog you are interested in.

  • Stray Cafe: We are working on having a space where potential adopters can meet our adoptable dogs. This location is not open to the public at this time. Please see our web page for more information http://www.takepawsrescue.org/stray-cafe or follow @straycafebyTakePawsRescue on Facebook for more information and updates.

 

 Q: Are all adoptions first come first serve?

  • We do not adopt dogs on a first-come basis. All applications will be screened to determine the most suitable match for the dog and the adopter. Every Take Paws Rescue dog is fostered by a member of our team, and lives in their home as part of their family.  Our foster families get to know the dog, what they need, their level of socialization, and the type of home that will best suit them. The needs of the dogs are our highest priority. Applying for a dog your interested in quickly does increase the likelihood your application will be considered though.

 

Q: Do you do same day adoptions?

  • ​Take Paws Rescue does not do same day adoptions. The point of the applicant screening procedures used by animal rescue groups is to ensure the safety of both the animal and their new families, as well as to reduce the chance that the animals will be returned because of an inappropriate match. All applicants are required to go through the Adoption Process outlined above.

Q: What if I have not heard back from Take Paws Rescue after I have submitted an application?

  • It does take time to process applications, so please be patient.

  • If you indicated on your application that you were interested in specific dog, the particular dog that you applied for may have been adopted by the time your application was processed. Please check Petfinder to see if the dog is still listed. We update the site daily as adoptions are finalized and new dogs become available for adoption. http://www.takepawsrescue.org/meet-the-pack

  • If at any point during the application process you application is determined to be incomplete, misleading or not factual, it will be denied without notice.

  • Not everyone who submits an application will be contacted to continue the adoption approval process. We receive several thousands of applications annually and we review each and every complete application that we receive.

Q: Do you adopt to homes with small children (under age 5)?

  • Most rescue groups have a rule about adopting or not adopting to families with small children. Children under 5 are learning how to live and get along in our world.  These young children cannot yet discriminate between their stuffed animal dog (which takes whatever a toddler can dish out) and a real dog, with real teeth, and with the ability to be hurt and to then hurt in return. Any dog can and will bite given the right circumstances. We routinely re-home dogs because the mix between young child and dog was not a good one. Rescue dogs often have unknown backgrounds/temperaments. Puppies have not yet had time to be socialized and trained in how to behave around children. Therefore, in the best interest of children and dogs not getting hurt, we reserve the right to deny adoption based on having young children in the home.

 

Q: Why do I have to be 21 years old to apply?

  • Most rescue groups have a rule about adopting or not adopting to people under the age of 21. Please do not take it personally. We understand there are many responsible young adults that love dogs, but it is our policy to not adopt out to persons under the age of 21 due to the surrender rate amongst younger dog owners. We find that persons under the age of 21 are typically better suited to volunteer with animal care or to serve as a foster parent, opposed to making a life-long commitment to a dog.

Q: Do you do out of state adoptions?

  • We do not transport dogs to out of area adopters, but have adopted out dogs all over the country. If we were to approve an out of area/out of state adoption, we require the adopter to pick up the dog and transport it home. If flying, the dog must fly with you in cabin. We do not ever ship dogs.

Q: Can you hold a dog for me until I am ready to adopt it?

  • We understand that you may be interested in adopting but you also have travel plans, or other obligations that make it difficult to adopt at a certain time. We are unable to hold dogs for adoption, as this takes up vital space in a foster home that could be used in saving the life of another dog in need.  Please check back with us when you are ready to bring a new family member dog into your home, or apply to get pre-approved for a future dog.