Advocates 4 Animals, Inc.

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Adoption Process

After viewing our Adoptable Pets – Please contact Advocates 4 Animals or complete the online Cat Adoption Form or Dog Adoption Form to begin the adoption process.

 

  • Please complete the online application form or contact us to inquire about adopting a specific pet
  • When the application is approved, an Advocates 4 Animals member will contact you and schedule a “meet & greet” with the adoptable pet. The “meet & greet” may be held in your home if you are located in Greene, Montgomery or Warren County, OH or the foster home may prefer that you come to their home to meet the adoptable pet. If you are located outside of this area, arrangements will be made according to the number/location of volunteers we have at that time.
  • At the time of the meet & greet (potential home visit) both the Advocates 4 Animals adoption coordinator and the adoptive family will assess if the pet(s) is a good match for the family/individual adopting the pet. If both parties feel the pet is a good fit, the adoption contract and donation will be collected at that time and the adoption process is complete.
  • Advocates 4 Animals does not adopt pets under 11 months old to individuals under age 25 under any circumstance.
  • We strongly discourage adopters having their cats declawed. The United States is one of the only remaining countries that still allow cat decalwing. Many veterinarians, after 15+ years of observing cats after surgery and through their life, have come to the conclusion that the benefits for declawing are almost non-existent. Cats that are declawed have: more pain despite how the surgery is performed (which can last for days to week and longer), the vast majority of decalwed cats that are in shelters are surrendered because of behavioral problems that many veterinarians believe it directly linked to declawing. For more information on Cat Declaw, please click herePLEASE NOTE: There is a great alternative! SOFT PAWS are soft nail caps that prevent cat scratching and eliminate the need for declawing. Soft Paws are easy to apply and can be purchased online.
  • All individuals living in the home must agree to adopt the pet into their home.
  • If Advocates 4 Animals determines that the pet is not a good fit for the potential adopter, this will be discussed at the time of the home visit. Advocates 4 Animals has the right to deny adoption to any individual/home they find unfit.
  • Every pet is different. Some pets have highly specialized needs (ie: type of environment, other pets, etc.) while others adjust easily to various environments. Felines typically take 2-6 weeks to begin adjusting to their new home. All pets have been housed in foster homes while they wait to find a home to call their very own. All adoptable rescue pets are up to date on shots, treated for the prevention of ear mites, fleas and worms and have been spayed/neutered.
  • Advocates 4 Animals requires a minimum adoption donation of $75.00 for cats and kittens. The adoption donation assists us in rescuing and rehabilitating additional homeless pets. Our organization is run solely on donations. Without your support we could not continue our efforts!

 

Please note that adopting a pet is a commitment for the duration of the pets life (cats live an average of 14-20 years). Please be sure you and each of your family members are fully committed to the feline adoption. Like people, pets are not perfect – they require love, devotion, commitment, and above all patience. There may be times when issues may arise such as clawing on furniture, urinating outside of the litterbox (this occurs usually when there is a health problem such as a urinary infection), allergies, new additions to the family, moving to a new location or another issue that may be frustrating as a pet owner.

Also, please note: If you have small children in the household, it is important to educate your children on how to properly treat and be kind to your new cat. Too many times, we have had families with small children adopt a cat, only to return it within a short time- because the cat nibbled on their fingers or the children played too rough with the cat. PLEASE CAREFULLY CONSIDER all aspects of pet ownership and how this change will impact and effect ALL current members in your household prior to moving forward with adoption. Cats will nibble, claw, play, jump on furniture, meow and be full of energy at times. In adopting a pet, we accept the good with the bad and commit to working with the feline through the bad. Adjusting to multiple new environments is difficult and stressful on the feline, therefore we make every attempt to find a forever home for our adoptable pets. Please be certain that you have considered all aspects of owning and caring for a rescue pet for the duration of their life – through both good and bad.

Please contact Advocates 4 Animals and introduce yourself OR complete the online cat or dog adoption application. Please be sure to let us know which pet you are interested in potentially adopting. We will respond within 48 hours of your request. Thank you for adopting a rescue pet!

Featured Success Story

Featured Success Story: Helen

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Helen was rescued from a terrible hoarding situation. The home was being foreclosed on and there were countless varieties of un-fixed animals living in filth. Due to severe eye infections that were left untreated for years, Helen was blind at the time of her rescue. A4A worked directly on the case and took in the eight most severe felines needing assistance. A4A then arranged for successful rescue and transport of every pet in the home- working together with other area no-kill rescue organizations. Helen had a long list of health issues upon her arrival- but received the very best in veterinary/medical care- and of course in love, attention and play time in her A4A volunteer foster home. Due to Helen's severe health issues, she became a life-long member of A4A. She loved to play with cat toys that made noise so that she could track them-- she was fast, playful and she loved everyone. She purred and sat on laps every chance she had. She found every spot of warm sunlight that flooded through the large windows in her A4A home- enjoying every moment of sunbathing possible. Helen lived a happy, healthy life for just over a year after her rescue. Sadly, she succumbed to her lingering health issues. She is greatly missed by everyone at A4A- and all who had the pleasure of meeting her. Helen showed us all that blindness does not equal saddness or limitations in anyway. She did not let her disability stop her- she enjoyed every moment of life- always happy, always welcoming, always purring.