Adoption Process

Adoption Process

1. Fill out and submit this application.

Your application will be reviewed by a Cause for Paws Coordinator, at which point your personal and vet references will be contacted and your vet records will be verified.

2. A Cause for Paws Coordinator will contact you to schedule a home visit.

This is required for all adoptions to ensure fit and safety for our animals. Home visits take anywhere between 15 to 30 minutes.

3. Arrangements are made to take your potential new pet for a test visit at your home.

4. A legally binding adoption contract is agreed upon and signed along with payment of adoption fees.

Additional Information

We only adopt to Ohio residents, absolutely no exceptions.

We do not adopt to adults under 25 years of age.

We prefer to adopt to families with children over 5 years old. This rule is for the safety of the child and the well-being of the pet. Dogs never exceed the mentality of a 2 year old. Like a 2 yr. old, pups are very curious and do not consider consequences for their actions, they only react to situations. Thus, children are scratched, bitten, etc. It isn’t a vicious act, only a reaction to the situation, and the pups usually pays the price.

Before applying for adoption think about your ability to care for a pet.

How many hours will you physically be with your pet?

What physical limitations do you have at your age now? Compare this to the life expectancy of a dog.

Example: “I am 65 years old. I would like to believe that 15-20 years from now I will be active, healthy, and able to care for a pet, but that isn’t realistic. I would be selfish to allow my special pet to end his/her life without me. It would be more appropriate to adopt a pet 8-10 years old, or fostering pets so that they will get a chance to find a great family who can provide what they need.”

We see so many pets lose their families and are left in the hands of people who do not love them, ending up at the pound, or vet’s office to be euthanized.

You must have a small, enclosed fenced area outside one of your doors.

If you have deed restrictions, they usually permit a specific type of fencing and/or a small fenced area other than fencing the complete yard.

A physical fence helps protect pets from harm by people or other animals.

Vets tell us that a home with a fenced yard allows their dog to go out more often, avoiding continued urinary tract infections, which are painful and dangerous.


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