Adoption Process

1) Inquire on the pet that interests you

2) One of our volunteers will contact you to answer any questions you may have and to set up a meet and greet. Don’t forget that WHARF is all volunteer run and it may take a couple days to get back to you. If no one contacts you that pet may be pending adoption.

3) Meet with a WHARF volunteer to get a face to face meeting with your potential new pet. Your volunteer will ask you questions to determine if you and the pet are a good match for each other. We tell you everything we know about the pet but remember that this pet may be recovering from emotional or physical issues and it may be hard to see the ‘real’ pet at the time they are in care. Sometimes dogs are low energy if they are very thin when they come into care. Once they are feeling better they may be a high energy pet. We can’t always predict but we disclose as much as we can because we want this to be a forever relationship.

4) When WHARF decides that you and the pet are a good match we will have you sign the adoption contract, pay the adoption fee and pick up your new family member.

How do we match people and pets?

– What is your energy level? Some dogs need someone who is on the go! We want to match a busy dog with a busy person!
– How much are you home? Some pets are anxious when the owner leaves. Will they be alone all day and destroy your home? Will they be happy to be outside on a farm and chill out with other pets?
– Who is in your family? Do you have other pets? Do you have young children? We need to make sure that this pet is a good match for your existing pets and kids. Some pets aren’t great with other pets or children so we want to find them a home where they are going to thrive!
– Do you have the time to put into training and care? Some pets are ready to go! They already know where to go to the bathroom, how to walk on a leash and are good to chill out in a crate or a special spot in your home. Other pets need more time and energy. They may need house training, litter box training or behavior training. We want to make sure that you are going into the adoption process knowing what it will take to help this pet be the best possible fit for your family. If you have a busy schedule then you may appreciate a pet who is older and will has less needs.

Before you adopt…

Are you prepared for a 12 – 15 year commitment?

Are you financially stable?

Do you understand how to care for a pet’s basic needs?

Are you able to exercise the dog every single day?

Do you have enough time during the day to spend with the dog?

What happens if you move?

Are you ready for your home to be a little dirty or damaged?

Will you work with the pet’s anxiety and aggression issues? Barking?

Is your yard secure?

Does the whole family support the decision to adopt a pet?

Apply to Adopt