ADOPTION PROCESS

ADOPTION PHILOSOPHY

 

Good Karma is an organization that wants people to adopt their new family members, not shop for them. Therefore, we are an organization that wants to say yes! We want to be flexible. We don’t only adopt to perfect homes. We don’t only adopt to rich people. We don’t only adopt to people with houses or fenced-in yards. An apartment can be the perfect home for a large breed dog. A humble home can be a great home. Someone who lives in a not-so-great neighborhood can be an amazing pet parent, and so can people who don’t have much money. An elderly couple can be the perfect parents for a young animal. Someone without much in the way of people skills can be just the human that one of our pets needs.

We do want to make sure that our rescue’s pets are going to be well taken care of, and that they go to forever homes, which is why we do the screening we do. But please remember — we are trying to find good homes, not perfect homes, especially considering each foster parent probably has a different definition of what a perfect home would be!

 

This is a great read: HTTPS://WWW.THEDODO.COM/ADOPTION-APPLICATIONS-PERFECT-FAMILY-1190660240.HTML.

 

Please make sure you are being respectful to the Adoptions team members and their decisions! If you have serious concerns with a potential adopter, take it up with a Board member. Otherwise, try to remember that we are all here for a common goal — finding good homes for our rescue’s pets! <3

 

In all of our dealings with the public, remember that we are representatives of rescue as a whole. To get people to believe in the idea of adopting rather than buying a pet, we have to be professional, flexible, and keep good potential adopters happy!

 

ADOPTION PROCESS
  1. Application is received and reviewed by Adoptions Team

  2. Home Visit Conducted

  3. Meet and Greet with Pet

  4. Finalize Adoption

 

1 – APPLICATION REVIEW

The adoptions team will receive the applications and proceed to vet them.

They look to make sure they seem to be responsible, meet our age requirements, that they are allowed to have the pet they applied for where they live, that they have a history of responsible pet ownership with veterinarian approval, and that they seem to be committed to lifelong ownership of the pet they are applying for.

 

Please visit THIS PAGE to see the reasons the Board has decided are acceptable for denying and for not denying applicants.

Once the application review is done, they will request a home visit. Depending on how detailed the application is and depending on the animal being adopted, a phone interview may be conducted to gather additional information, as well as the foster parent may be requested to contact the applicant to discuss their foster pet prior to proceeding with a home visit. If the applicant is interested in more than one dog or would like their application pre-approved, they can proceed with a home visit.

 

2 – HOME VISIT

The Adoptions Team will post in the GKPR VOLS group requesting a home visit for a particular applicant. They will tag the foster of the pet, mentor (if known), and any nearby volunteers.

 

We do home visits for all our pets, either in-person or via Facetime/Skype. This is just to make sure that the people are as good in person as they are on paper. We look to make sure their home seems like a safe, healthy environment for their potential new pet. We also take some time to talk to the potential adopter to make sure they seem genuine and will be a wonderful pet guardian for the animal they want to adopt.

 

Prior to completing a home visit, please review the Home Visit Checklist below to help guide you in what to look for. Feel free to print and bring along with you. Once the home visit is completed, please take a moment to complete the online form which is automatically sent to the Good Karma e-mail inbox.

Home visit checklist: HTTPS://GKARMA.WUFOO.COM/FORMS/GOOD-KARMA-PET-RESCUE-HOME-VISIT-CHECKLIST/

3-  MEET AND GREET

When your foster gets a good application it will be forwarded to you via email. You would then contact the applicant and make arrangements for a meet & greet. This is a time when the applicant can meet the foster pet to see if they are a good match. Meet & greets can be held at your home, the applicant’s home or in a more public location such as a park or adoption event. If the potential adopter is reasonably close to your home and you feel comfortable doing so, it saves us a step if you do the meet & greet in the potential adopter’s home as you can conduct a home visit at the same time.

4-  ADOPTION DAY

Once the meet & greet and home visit are complete, your foster pet can go to his or her new home, and you will be notified as such. You would need to make arrangements with the adopter regarding picking up their new pet. Also, by this time your foster should be up-to-date on vaccines and spayed or neutered. If they are not, please contact your Foster Mentor asap to help make these arrangements, which may mean the adopter will act as the foster parent for the time being and fill out a FOSTER-TO-ADOPT AGREEMENT.

 

When the adopters are picking up their new pet you should make sure the following has been:

  • Health Record is up to date (located in orange folder); after it’s filled out please tear the copies apart and keep the top white copy for the rescue

  • Adoption contract completed. It is no longer in the folder and must be completed online HTTP://ADOPTIONCONTRACT.GOODKARMAPETRESCUE.ORG . Please make sure they fill out their name and driver’s license information as well as the microchip number.

  • What’s Included sheet completed (located in orange folder); please have them fill out the white copy for the rescue, and let them keep the blank yellow copy. You will need this for the forever home form

  • Microchip paper filled out with microchip information (located in orange folder). Make sure you reiterate to them that they need to register the microchip as soon as possible, preferably before you even leave them with the pet!

  • Give adopters the orange folder containing their new pet’s information

  • Collect adoption donation – either cash or check, or have them pay via 1. PayPal  (link to do so is on the DONATE page). 2. Venmo @GKPetRescue or 3. Cash app $gkpetrescue

  • Adoption donation covers getting the pet up-to-date on vaccines, spaying/neutering and microchip. Once the adoption is complete, the adopters are responsible for all continuing care unless otherwise noted in their adoption contract.

  • Once your foster has gone home, let your Foster Mentor know and WITHIN 24 hours please fill out the FOREVER HOME FORM which is REQUIRED.

  • Pat yourself on the back, you just helped save a life!

Any paperwork or checks that have to be mailed should go to:

Good Karma Pet Rescue

PO Box 480273
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33348

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