Do a lot of soul-searching if you feel you must give up your pet. If you would like to post your pet for adoption on the Pet Orphans website, you must read and agree to the following conditions. Please fill in the information and click on the Submit button at the bottom of the page. Posting a pet on the Pet Orphans website is provided as a service to the Atlanta area community, but does require a minimum non-refundable contribution of $35 to SPOT – Stopping Pet Overpopulation Together. This contribution will allow your pet’s picture and description to be posted on the Pet Orphans website for up to 3 months. The money contributed will go directly into a fund used to spay/neuter pets owned by low-income people who cannot afford to pay for the surgery. You will also be required to send us a description and digital photo of your pet via email.
Pet Orphans cannot guarantee that your pet will be adopted by placing it on our website, but thousands of Atlanta area potential adopters visit our website every week. Once your pet is listed on the Pet Orphans website, potential adopters will contact you via email directly.
Some example questions to ask potential adopters:
- Ask the applicant about their own pets (past and/or present).
- Ask them to describe a typical day in the life of their pet.
- Be sure to ask them about contact information for the veterinary clinic they use, as well as the name of their veterinarian.
- Ask them if you may call the clinic for a reference. If they say “yes”, ask them to call their vet’s office to let them know you’ll be calling. (Some vets won’t give out any information about a client unless they have their client’s approval beforehand.) When you call the vet clinic, ask things like the last time their pet was in; if the pet is up-to-date on vaccinations; their history of heartworm prevention; and if they do other things, such as dentals. (After speaking with the vet clinic, you’ll be able to tell what kind of medical care the adopter has provided for their pets.)
- Also, if your pet is one that needs grooming on a regular basis, ask the vet if the adopter uses his clinic for grooming services. If the applicant’s current (or past) pet is a breed type which needs regular grooming and they don’t use the vet for this service, ask the applicant if you may contact the groomer they use, or have used in the past.
If everything you hear from the applicant, the vet, and the groomer sounds good, then you may want to schedule a ‘meet and greet’ with your pet at the applicant’s home. If they don’t live in your local area and you cannot visit their home, ask for photos of their home, yard, and current or past pets. (Photos of their pets will show if they have been well cared for.)