Procedures & Applying to Adopt

Adoption Procedures

Adopting from the Shelter – Traditional Adoption

  • Visit the pets at the shelter, or view them on our website at www.greatriverrescue.com.
  • Once you find a pet you’re interested in, complete an application to adopt from our website. We have paper applications available at the shelter if needed.
  • Be prepared to discuss your application with a Great River Rescue staff member. We want to make sure you get matched up with the right pet for you.
  • Same day adoptions are not allowed. We must have received and approved your adoption application the day before you can take home an animal.
  • We do not hold animals for potential adopters. After your one-day waiting period is over, the animal may be applied for and adopted by other potential adopters. This helps ensure that animals go to homes in a timely fashion, even if a potential adopter changes their mind.
  • If the pet is spayed or neutered, you will pay an adoption fee, and sign an adoption contract to complete the adoption. You must also provide copy of a driver’s license or other photo ID.
  • If the pet has not been spayed or neutered, you will sign a foster contract, and take the animal home to foster until it is scheduled to be spayed/neutered. You will return the pet the day before their scheduled spay/neuter appointment, and can officially adopt them after the surgery. You may also choose to sign a spay/neuter agreement and have the pet altered at your own vet, at your own cost. You must also provide copy of a driver’s license or other photo ID.
    • If you live greater than 30 miles from the shelter, you must pay the adoption fee in full plus a $50 deposit. The deposit is refunded to you after you provide GRR proof from your vet that the pet has been spayed/neutered.
  • Dogs must leave the shelter on a leash and collar. Cats must leave in a carrier. We sell these items at the shelter.

 

Adopting from a Foster Home

  • View fostered pets from our adoptable pet listings at www.greatriverrescue.com.
  • Once you find a pet you’re interested in, complete an application to adopt from our website. We have paper applications available at the shelter if needed.
  • Be prepared to discuss your application with a Great River Rescue staff member. We want to make sure you get matched up with the right pet for you. You will also need to provide your availability for a potential meeting with the fostered pet.
  • Great River Rescue will contact the foster care provider and give them your contact information. The foster care provider will contact you to arrange a meeting, either at the shelter, the foster home, or a neutral site depending on the foster caregiver’s preference.
  • Be sure to listen to and learn from the foster care provider about the pet’s personality and behavior traits. The foster care provider will give you a behavior information sheet based on their experience with the pet.
  • If you decide to adopt the pet, you will complete your adoption contract and pay the adoption fee at the shelter. Once this is completed, we will arrange for you to pick up your adopted pet from the foster caregiver. You must also provide copy of a driver’s license or other photo ID.
  • If the pet you decide to adopt is not spayed/neutered, you will sign a foster contract. Once this is completed, we will arrange for you to pick up your foster-to-adopt pet from the foster caregiver. You must also provide copy of a driver’s license or other photo ID.
    • If you live greater than 30 miles from the shelter, you must pay the adoption fee in full plus a $50 deposit. The deposit is refunded to you after you provide GRR proof from your vet that the pet has been spayed/neutered.

One Day Waiting Period

No same day adoptions are allowed. Adopting an animal is a serious commitment and should not be taken lightly. We encourage multiple visits to ensure you find the companion most suited to your lifestyle.  We consider the one-day wait starting from the time an application is received and approved.

Trial Period

We understand that not all adoptions will work out. Therefore, we allow all adopters a period of time in which they may bring the animal back to Great River Rescue and receive a voucher good for another adoption within a year. Adopters are expected to remain in contact with Great River Rescue if they are concerned about their new animal adoption. Adopters who suddenly attempt to return an animal without communicating with us previously may be turned away.

Fostering Animals

  1. Foster-to-Adopt – Great River Rescue maintains a 100% spay/neuter policy.  Animals are spayed/neutered when appropriate as certified by our partner veterinarians. Sometimes animals can not get into the vet clinic due to scheduling conflicts for several weeks or longer.  Therefore, if someone wishes to adopt an animal that has not been spayed/neutered yet, they are required to foster the animal until it is spayed/neutered.  After the surgery, the foster parent has the first choice to officially adopt the animal.  Animals in our foster-to-adopt program belong to Great River Rescue and are placed in the care of a foster parent. Animals that have not been spayed/neutered yet may not go to foster homes greater than 30 miles from our Rescue unless the adopter agrees to spay/neuter the pet at their own vet and at their own expense. Out of Area Guidelines
    View the Spay/Neuter Agreement | Spay Neuter Agreement
  2. Fostering animals with medical or behavior issues – Sometimes animals become sick or injured and would recover better in a home setting.  Other times animals have behavior issues and might benefit from being in a home with someone who can work directly with the animal on those issues.  Still other times the Humane Society has pregnant or nursing animals that need to be in a home where they can be attended to as necessary.  For all of these occasions Great River Rescue may seek foster parents to temporarily provide care for animals.  These parents do not generally intend to adopt the animal(s), but may still choose to do so after the temporary foster period is over.
  3. Pet Safe Housing Program – Great River Rescue has teamed up with Northwoods Battered Women’s Shelter to provide temporary foster care for their clients.  More information can be found on the Pet Safe Housing Page | Pet Safe Housing

Policy Documents

Adoption Policy | Adoption Policy

Foster Policy | Foster Policy

General Policies | General Policies

Euthanasia Policy | Euthanasia Policy

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