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Sunday, April 20, 2014


ADOPTING FROM A CARING PLACE

DOGS for Adoption!

Meeting the Dogs

There are two primary ways for the public to meet a dog or puppy available through A Caring Place. One way is by attending one of our routine dog showings at the PETCO in Downers Grove (1400F 75th Street) on the 2nd or 4th Saturday of the month; by coming to the routine showing, people can meet and visit with many of the dogs we have available for adoption. However, if you have your heart set on a specific dog, you might want to request a private showing appointment. To do this, you will need to submit our adoption application.  


Please note that showings are for viewing and application only. We do not adopt off of the showing floor because part of our application/adoption process includes a home inspection/visit.


Application and Adoption Process

  1. Contact A Caring Place: Let us know your interest in a particular dog by contacting us via email (acaringplace@comcast.net) or voicemail (630-375-7976). Please be sure to provide a phone number that we can use to call you back.
  2. Learning More: The Adoption Counselor assigned to the dog that you have contacted us about will contact you to share answer your questions, explain how our application process works, and provide you with more detailed information on the dog.
  3. Make Application: Complete and submit our Dog Adoption Application which is available through this website. 
  4. Reviewing Your Application: Once your application is received, the Adoption Counselor assigned to that particular dog will review your application; she will then contact you to learn more about you and your household, get clarification about answers on the application, and learn more specifically how you will care for the specific dog you are interested in adopting. Please keep in mind that there may be other applications on the same dog you are interested in adopting.
  5. Private Home Visit: If the Adoption Counselor and you think that the dog is a good match and you have other pets in the home, or children, a private home visit will be scheduled.
  6. Think About It Overnight: After the showing, we ask you to take the night to determine if the dog is the right dog for your household.
  7. Contact Us: Let the Adoption Counselor know if you would like to pursue the adoption.
  8. Adoption Counselor’s Decision: The Adoption Counselor will evaluate all of the applicants to determine which household she feels is the best suited for the dog. She will contact you to notify you of her decision.

Because most of the animals we take in have had at least one home already, we choose to adopt only to those individuals who are willing to make a permanent, life-long commitment to the animal. Our goal is to place the dog into the household that best meets the needs of that particular dog. We are looking to help you make a good decision for your family/household, as well as for the dog.

The Timing

Our application and adoption process usually takes about one week’s time - sometimes less - because of the need to coordinate everyone’s schedule including the adoption counselor, the foster care provider, and yours. If you are in a hurry to adopt, then we recommend you look for a dog at a humane society or shelter that houses dogs in a facility. You will be able to look at a lot of dogs in a short amount of time.

Adoption Fees

Yes, there is a required adoption fee. A Caring Place must charge an adoption fee to recoup the cost of the veterinary care provided to the dogs in our adoption program.

  • Adult mixed breed dogs - $300
  • Adult purebred dogs, puppies, and non-shedding dogs- $350
  • Adult dogs over the age of 7 years - $250

These adoption fee includes, at a minimum, the following veterinary care for each dog:

  • spay or neuter;
  • Distemper combination vaccination;
  • Rabies vaccination;
  • Bordetella vaccination;
  • Leptospirosis vaccination;
  • fecal and appropriate deworming;
  • testing for Heartworm Disease;
  • monthly parasite preventative; and,
  • microchip

Many of the dogs receive additional veterinary care including dentals, ear or skin infection treatment, radiographs, heartworm disease treatment, surgery, orthopedic care, and medications. Because adoption fees usually do not cover the cost of the veterinary care put into the animals, we are always in need of additional monies. Please consider making a donation to help us help the animals.


Extra Support

Once adopted, we initiate our After Care Program as a service to the adopter to help ease the transition for both the new pet guardian and the new pet. If for some reason the adoption does not work out, A Caring Place will accept the return of one of its own. An appointment for return is required.

*Adoption fee subject to change.


 

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