Adopting a Pet from Survivor Tails? Here’s what you need to know!

By: Alex Cheng, Adoption Coordinator

So you’re interested in adding a furry family member, and you’ve decided to turn to rescue! That’s AWESOME – congratulations on such an amazing decision to save a life. You’re probably super excited to get started and eager to give a pal a forever home; we’re equally as excited to work with you to find your perfect match!

Survivor Tails Animal Rescue’s most important mission is advocating for our furry friends who can’t advocate for themselves, and that includes matching them with their perfect forever home. Sometimes, the adoption process can be frustrating and confusing, and we completely understand.

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This is Ricks!  And he is adoptable through Survivor Tails!

You’re asking for an application, and an adoption phone interview, and a home visit. Why is this such an involved process?

It is a very involved process, and it takes many volunteers to help one animal find their forever home. When adopting animals out to forever families, we want to make sure everything is a perfect fit, and that the animal will be safe, happy and even spoiled in their new home. The process is meant for us to really get to know you, so that we’re absolutely sure that both the animal and your family will be completely at ease with the new addition.

A home visit seems kind of invasive and stressful!

The home visit portion of the adoption process is not meant to be invasive or stressful! We’re not here to be nitpicky about how you keep your house – we want to make sure that your new furry family member will be safe in their new home. We’ll ask for a tour, and look for areas of potential concern. Many times, your Adoption Coordinator will send you home visit notes! These are usually minor things, such as, “Noted some exposed wires – please find a way to put these out of Fido’s reach during decompression period until you know his chewing habits.” If you’re worried about the home visit, ask your Adoption Coordinator what to expect. They’re more than happy to help you out!

I’ve emailed you and you haven’t responded 😦

We respond to all inquiries from adopters! We understand that you’re excited, and we’re excited for you, too. Unfortunately, we can’t always respond super-fast, and our usual response rate is within 72 hours. Just remember that all of us are volunteers, and we have full-time jobs, families, pets and lives outside of rescue, which means we aren’t always manning our inboxes 🙂

10-14 days to be approved to adopt a dog?! But I can just walk into a shelter and take a dog home today!

You could, yes! And if you decide to go the shelter route, that’s great – you’re saving a life there, too. It takes a village to adopt out a dog at Survivor Tails: each application is worked on by at least 3 volunteers! Sometimes everything happens fast, but sometimes volunteers need a few extra days to complete a task. We’re all volunteers, after all! We’re working hard to make sure every dog is matched perfectly with a family.

I’m terrified of being denied the ability to adopt.

Survivor Tails will not deny you the ability the adopt unless we truly believe that the animal will not be a good fit for your home. We will work with you at every step to ensure that you understand what’s happening throughout the entire adoption process. We don’t want to deny any adopter – in fact, the more adopters we approve, the more animals we can adopt out!

Oh my gosh, I’ve talked to so many people, and I don’t know who to go to with questions now!

Not to fret, you can always ask your Adoption Coordinator anytime you’re not sure where to turn. That’s what they’re there for 🙂

We hope this has answered some of the questions surrounding Survivor Tails’ adoption process! If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to comment below, or to email adoptions@survivortails.org  We’re happy to help – and if we get more questions, we can do a FAQ part two on the adoption process!

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