Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Adoption Process

I've had a few people get a little confused regarding adopting from us, so in this post I'd like to explain it step by step:
1. My Gmail account is specifically for the rescue, so someone who finds me on Craigslist or Google contacts me either via my cell phone or Gmail. I then send them the application as an attachment via e-mail.
2. There are a few options as far as returning the application. You can either do it right on the computer and send it back to my e-mail (I'm not exactly sure how this is done, but a few people have done it). It can be printed out, completed and brought here, or it can be filled out here, but I do let people know they will need vet and personal references, so they can have those ready ahead of time.
3. Once the application has been reviewed, I set up a time/day to meet the adopter(s) and they can meet their guinea pigs in person. Some people aren't sure who they're interested in and want to see who's here; some people definitely have a specific guinea pig in mind. Either one is fine; I don't like to rush the adoption process and I want to make sure the new owner picks out the best match for them.
4. A few people wonder about the vet reference. All I need is the name and phone number of a vet you would take your guinea pig to IF it were sick or injured. I don't need any type of letter, etc. from the vet; I just want to know that the adopter knows who treats guinea pigs in their area, just in case.
5. In most cases, the guinea pig is adopted the day the person comes out to meet them. Some people like to think about it or discuss it with other family members, which is fine. If the application is approved, I will also hold onto a guinea pig if the new owner has to pick it up at a later date; this does NOT require any additional "boarding fee."
6. When the application is approved and the adoption fee paid, the piggy goes to its new home. Hooray! :)
7. I will follow up about a week later with either a phone call or e-mail to see how things are going. I will also take back any guinea pigs if things don't work out, HOWEVER, if the animal is sick/injured it MUST see a vet before coming back to me. I do not believe any animal should be returned to a rescue without first getting needed medical treatment, as the new owner is responsible for vet care.
Hopefully that covers everything!

1 comment:

  1. Great post Jen. I would make it a page link at the top of the blog so everyone who is interested can read it.