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.
Step 1. Apply
Please complete the adoption application. It only takes a few minutes and allows us to know exactly what you are looking to adopt and the time, training, etc. you are willing to dedicate.
Some animals need more time than others. *Please note adopters need to be at least 21 years of age.
Step 2. Let's Talk
Once we receive your application, we will call you to you about the specific needs / wants of your family.
We will 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. Let's Meet
We will call you to 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.
*For Cats and Kittens, we do allow potential adopters to visit our cattery after they have submitted an adoption application and approved to adopt. We will call you to set up a day and time that works with your schedule (Mon - Sun).
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.
Prior to any home introduction appointment, we will provide you with an Adoption Resource Guide via email. The Adoption Resource Guide provides you with tons of information regarding what you should have prepared, what we will bring with us, food, crate size, training, and more!
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 start at that time.
We will bring the 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 any fees collected to start.***
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.***
What the Fee?!
Q: Why is there a fee to adopt an animal?
A: Not all animals that enter our program are in perfect health. Medical costs vary depending on the condition in which we find them. These ailments can include but are not limited to, heart-worm disease, broken limbs, urinary tract infections, luxating patellas, or any other injury that may require medical intervention. In addition to medical expenses, each animal receives spay/neuter, vaccines, de-worming, and is placed on heart-worm and flea and tick prevention if applicable. These adoption fees help ALL the animals in our program and aren't specific to each animal.
Q: Why are the adoption fees different for some animals?
A: Adoption fees vary depending on the animal's age, size, temperament, etc. The adoption fees make it possible for our organization continue to save more lives while providing care for ALL of the animals in our current programs.
Q: Why are shelter fees often lower than rescue fees?
A: We rescue from the most rural areas. This can include hoarding cases, animal neglect and cruelty, abandonment, rural municipal shelters with lack of space, and puppy mills. Often times these animals not only need medical care, but socialization and behavioral training which takes time and resources.
Q: Is my adoption fee refundable?
A: If within the 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 incidentals.