Adoption FAQ

Adopting an animal may be a more involved process than you expected, and you will not have immediate access to an animal you are interested in. We do NOT have a facility where you can go to see the dogs. Each of our rescued dogs are with foster families – should you see a dog you are interested in adopting, we encourage adopters to speak with the foster family to get answers to your questions about the dog. Once we have your adoption application, we can provide the name and number for the foster family.

It is important that you understand two things:

1) the adoption process is the same for everyone
2) it is not our intention to frustrate you during the adoption process

Everything we do is for the best interest of the animals in our care and to give them the best possible chance of finding a permanent home.

Before you can adopt an animal, you must complete this Pet Adoption Application, designed to help people understand the long-term responsibility of owning a pet and to ensure that all adoptions are in the best interests of the animals.

Please Note: There is a waiting period to give us the necessary time to check references/landlord approval, and review applications. Chatham Kent Animal Rescue reserves the right to refuse any adoption, which it feels is not in the animal’s best interest.

Once your application has been approved you’ll be contacted to schedule a home visit with our volunteer (and often the dog or at you are interested in will attend if local). If there is a love connection, you will be asked to sign an adoption contract. The adoption donation for each dog and cat helps reimburse costs already paid for spay/neuter, de-worming and vaccinations, including Rabies and microchipping (for dogs) as well as any other medical needs the rescue has taken care of while the dog or cat has been in our care. Spay/Neuter are mandatory for all rescue animals in the care of Chatham Kent Animal Rescue.

It is stressful and upsetting for the animals and our volunteers when adoptions do not work out and pets have to come back to us. Please bear with us, be patient and understand that this process is the best policy… for you, our rescue AND the dogs.

In order to be considered as an adopter you must:

Be 18 years of age or older.
• Have the knowledge and consent of your landlord, if applicable.
• Be able and willing to spend the time and money necessary to provide training, medical treatment, and proper care for a pet.

Additional Information:

Completion of the adoption application does not guarantee adoption of a pet. There are numerous reasons why an application may be rejected in general, or for a particular pet, depending on the needs of each pet. Please do not take offense if this is the case. We have these pets in our program for a while and truly get to know what each of their needs are, and what type of home is most suitable for each of them.
Adoption donations are posted on the dogs’s profile on Petfinder as well as on our Adoptable Page. Adoption donations include primary vaccines for an adopted dog/vcat, spay or neuter of the adopted dog/cat, health and veterinary costs, food and care in our foster homes, transportation costs.
Please note that there are sometimes several people/families interested in the same pet and there are times when more than one person/family is scheduled to visit with a pet. There can obviously only be one family or person chosen to adopt a pet, and it is Chatham Kent Animal Rescue’s responsibility to the pet and to the potential adopters to select the person or family that is best suited for a particular pet. We do understand that this sometimes can cause hurt feelings and it is certainly not our intention to do so. It is actually a much nicer problem to have more than one good home for a homeless pet than none at all! Please understand our position and that our number one responsibility is the best possible placement for each pet.

We have a reunion every year in September to give our adopters, volunteers and fosters a chance to catch up! Invitations are sent by email.