Interested in Adoption? GOT QUESTIONS! Questions and Answers that may help you with the process!!
WHAT'S IS MY FIRST STEP, IF I AM INTERESTED IN ADOPTING A S.T.A.R.T. PET ?
The first step is to complete and send the pre-adoption application. See the separate tab under the Adoption Heading "application".
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Our S.T.A.R.T. adoption counselors will review your application, proceed with your vet and personal reference checks, and if all goes well, they will contact you to discuss your application and to arrange for you to meet the pet you are interested in. This process takes time, so please be patient.
WILL I BE CONTACTED IF S.T.A.R.T. DOES NOT FEEL I AM QUALIFIED?
Yes, all pre-adoption applications will be reviewed and notified. Our goal is very simple—to find the best home for each and every animal in our foster care! Please do not be insulted by the process, it is best for our animals.
WHAT IS YOUR ADOPTION FEE?
Our adoption fee for an adult cat or kitten is $120.00; adult dog or puppy $225.00.
WHAT AGE DOES A PET HAVE TO BE BEFORE I ADOPT THEM?
Both canines and felines will be 9 weeks of age or older.
WHAT IF I WANT TO MAKE A COMMITTMENT TO ANIMAL SOONER?
Prior to 9 weeks, for babies over 8 weeks you may be pre-qualified for adoption of an animal too young to release. This means that we will ‘hold’ the animal in our care until the proper age of release. Once you have completed the pre-adoption process and are approved, you will be required to give a $75.00 non-refundable deposit to hold an animal.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE ADOPTION FEE?
All animals coming into our care receive an immediate full veterinarian check-up. Felines are tested for FELV/FIV, canines are tested for heartworm. All animals have their appropriate vaccinations (distemper and rabies, providing the animal is old enough for one or both), fecal test, wormed, spayed or neutered (if over 10 weeks), treated for fleas/ticks and ear mites and micro-chipped.
WHAT IF MY ANIMAL IS NOT OLD ENOUGH TO ALTER?
Your adoption fee includes the altering of your animal. All animals will be altered prior to going to their forever home.
WHAT IF I WANT TO USE MY VET, WILL S.T.A.R.T. STILL PAY?
NO. Because our vet works with us to keep our costs down, we must insist that you use our veterinarian for altering. If you choose to use your veterinarian, there will be no refund for your expenses. If you use your own vet, a certificate of spay/neuter MUST BE RECEIVED in our office no later than 30-days after the date to be altered on your adoption contract.