By Kristine Bell, Adoptions Outreach Coordinator
What is the adoptions process like at WHS? In a word—easy!
When I accepted my position as an Adoption Counselor at the WHS New York Avenue Adoption Center, I thought their adoptions approach was refreshing and innovative. Instead of marking check boxes, we had conversations with adopters. Instead of turning people away with questions about renting vs. owning, having a fenced-in yard, or working full time, we ask them what they are looking for in a pet. We know the animals well and make every effort to match pets with adopters who can meet their needs and visa-versa.
Whether you’re a NoMa bachelor living in a studio looking for a running buddy, or a Yards Park family looking for a dog who is good with kids, our process makes it easy to find the right pet for your home. Our adoption application is a match-making survey, and our interview is a discussion about how to help your pet adapt well to their new home.
WHS is breaking down the barriers that stand between DC residents and pet adoption. Every single one of our adopters goes home with the contact information for WHS behavior counselors, available to help with any issues during your pet’s lifetime. Your adoption packet also contains the animal’s medical information, a coupon for a free veterinary visit within 14 days, and several other goodies. WHS animals go home spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. Dogs over six months are tested for heartworm and cats over six months are tested for FIV/FeLV.
To ensure that animals go to safe, loving homes, we require a photo ID and may request a lease or rental agreement. If you are adding a second dog to the family, we may ask that their first introduction be observed at the shelter by a behavior counselor. There are no waiting lists, no back and forth calling, and chances are, you’ll go home with your new buddy the same day you come in. People always seem so surprised when I tell them that.
WHS strives to make the adoption process easy and pleasant. This means that animals find homes faster, and WHS has the opportunity to help even more animals in need. When a family walks in empty-handed and walks out with their new best friend, the look on their faces is priceless.
For more information about how to adopt at WHS visit our website – Steps to Adopt. If you’re a DC resident and cannot adopt a dog due to landlord restrictions, please email WHS Pets at Home Manager Alicia Guidi – firstname.lastname@example.org – for advice and assistance.
July is Adopt a DC Dog Month! For the entire month of July, you can find your best bud for a reduced $25 adoption fee! Meet your match today at www.washhumane.org/adopt.
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