Right now we require two references from each adopter. However, we will soon be using the ASPCA’s Meet Your Match™ program, which scientifically evaluates an animal’s behavior and matches him or her to an adopter’s personality and lifestyle preferences. Once we’ve fully transferred over to this program, we’ll guide you in finding your pet and will no longer require references.
We do offer a hold service for pets, but only for unavailable dogs. If you meet a pet in the shelter who still needs to be neutered, for example, you may put down a $75 nonrefundable deposit. (The deposit will be refunded only in those cases where the adoption is not a suitable match.)
When you arrive at the shelter, the Adoptions staff will ask you to complete a short Canine-ality™ or Feline-ality™ Assessment to identify what sort of dog or cat will best suit your lifestyle. For example, after work, do you love to go for long jogs or do you prefer to plop down in front of the tube? Depending on your response, we could match you with a dog who’s been identified as a “Go-Getter” or a “Couch Potato.”