Thank you for your interest in adopting a RARE animal! We do our very best to find the right fit for the adoptable and your family. The more detailed information we receive from you in your application will help in this process. Adoption is a life long commitment to the adoptee. Each time an animal is returned it is stressful on the animal, the family and the rescue. We believe in quality adoptions and we hope you do too. That's why we take the time to understand the wants and needs of your family.
Step 1. Complete Adoption Application (Click on "DOG APPLICATION" OR "CAT APPLICATION" )
Please complete the adoption application. It only takes a few minutes and allows us to know exactly what you are looking to adopt in terms of the animal and the time and training, etc. you are willing to dedicate. Some animals need more time and resources than others. *Please note that adopters need to be at least 21 years of age.
Step 2. Speak with a RARE representative
Once we receive your application, we will call you to you about the specific needs and wants of your family and discuss if the animal you are interested in adopting would be the best fit, or if there are any other 'adoptables' in our program that may be even a better fit.*
Step 3. Home Visit/Meet & Greet
We will set up a day and time that works with your schedule for us to bring the 'adoptable' or 'adoptables' that you are interested in meeting and potentially adopting. This gives us and your family the opportunity to introduce the adoptable to the people and any current animals in your family. Some introductions take only 30 minutes to an hour; others may take up to two hours, depending on how many other animals are currently living in the home. A proper introduction is key to avoiding altercations and provides safety for your family and our volunteers.
Step 4. 30 Day Trial
At the home visit/meet & greet, if your family and RARE agree that the adoptable would be a good potential fit, a 30 day trial can commence at that time. We will bring the adopable's paperwork, any necessary medication (including heartworm prevention for that month), and a few days of food that can be used to mix in with new food to avoid stomach upset.** The Adoption Contract with the trial clause must be signed and the adoption fee is collected to start the trial.***
We believe that it is important for you to be comfortable with the decision you are making to bring a pet into your home and that you are matched with the right adoptable. It may take at least a few days, if not a few weeks, for the adoptable to acclimate to their new environment and learn the schedules and routines of your family. If within that 30 day trial period, the adoptable is returned, you have the option of meeting and starting a trial with a different adoptable OR receiving a refund of your adoption fee, less a nominal fee for gas (normally $25 - $50, depending on location of adopter). If the adoption is a success, then we will consider the adoption final. However, as part of our contract, if for any reason throughout the adoptee's lifetime that you are unable to keep or care for them, they must be returned to RARE. They cannot be sold, given away or taken to a shelter.***
ITEMS YOU MAY NEED (NOT provided by RARE, unless prior arrangements are made):
Food, leash, collar, harness, appropriate size crate, food and water bowls, toys (Kong, peanut butter for Kong toy, non-stuffed animals)
Litter Box, litter, food, food and water bowls, toys, cat tree or at least a scratching post, cat bed (optional)
If you have any questions about specific items needed for your trial, please let us know!
Step 5. We LOVE updates!
You are not required, but requested to send us updates and photos from time to time to let us know how the adoptee is doing in their new home. Each and every one of our adoptions are important to us and we want to know that the adoptee and your family are happy and enjoying your lives together!
*Please understand that we are working around the clock, at our regular jobs, caring for the animals in our program, processing adoptions, performing rescue missions to shelters, cruelty cases, hoarding cases, etc. in addition to responding to phone calls, emails and applications. If you submit an application and you do not receive a call, it could be because that animal is already adopted and the adoption site has not processed our update yet (can take approx. 30 minutes or more), or we may be inundated with our other responsibilities. Please feel free to contact our President at 615-330-4769 to get a status update on your application and the animal you are interested in adopting.
We highly recommend 4 Health Dog Food and Puppy Food, and 4 Health Indoor Cat Food from Tractor Supply, which is what we feed our adoptables in foster care. 4 Health food does not contain by-products or corn and is very reasonably priced, especially compared to any other high quality food. It is approximately $35 for the larger bag and we normally feed 4 Health Salmon and Potato (as many dogs can cats commonly have allergies to chicken based foods), 4 Health Puppy, or 4 Health Indoor Cat. There are also grain free options.
If you would like a copy of the adoption contract prior to our scheduled meet & greet, please let us know! We would be happy to send it to you in advance.