Considering adopting a rescue dog or cat from CHDR?
Thank you for your interest in adopting from Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue. Coco’s Heart will adopt animals to adults who demonstrate that they are responsible persons and can give adequate assurances that they intend to provide proper care for an animal’s entire life. We strictly adhere to our adoption process as it is designed to find the best possible placement for each homeless dog or cat in rescue. The basic steps are described below and if you have any questions, please contact Ashley by email at email@example.com.
Step One- Doing your research!
A companion animal as a member of your family is a wonderful and enriching experience. They’re loyal, lovable, furry best friends and can bring tons of joy to your life. However, the decision to add a new dog or cat to your family should not be taken lightly- It is a lifetime commitment and before you adopt a new pet, you should do your research and be fully aware of what is involved in pet ownership.
Step Two- Application
Complete our Adoption Application. The adoption application is your opportunity to tell us all about yourself! We would like to know as much as we can to determine which pets would be a good match with your home, family, and lifestyle. Remember, we are a completely foster-based rescue group, so each of our adoptable animals lives in a temporary, foster home. As such, we know all the little nuances and details of the pet’s behavior, personality, habits, etc. Decisions about application approval are at the sole discretion of the CHDR. We are committed to finding our pets a successful match in a forever home. Email your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Step a Three- Application review
Our sole purpose is to find the best match for the animals that fall under our care. We take time to carefully review all applications and check veterinary/personal references. We contact your veterinarian references to ensure that current and/or deceased pets were properly taken care of; this means being current on all vaccinations and spayed/neutered.
***CHDR reserves the right to deny any applications that we deem unfit or unsuitable for the animal.
Step Four- Home visit and meet and greet
Applications that are qualified to be a good fit for a particular pet may be subject to a home visit by authorized representatives of Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue. Adopting a new pet into your home is a serious commitment- we want to make sure the dog or cat you adopt will be a good fit within your home environment! How do they interact with the family members? Where will they stay when you’re not home? Is your home and yard free of any possible dangers? Is your fence line completely secure? How will they get exercise?
After the home visit, if everything goes well, we will make arrangements to finalize the adoption and contractual details including the collection of adoption fees.
Step Five- Adoption!!!
Don’t forget to bring a leash for your new dog or a carrier for your new cat to go home in!
On the day of the adoption you will meet at the arranged location and we will review the adoption with you and answer any questions you may have. We will also collect the adoption fee at this time. Remember the adoption fee is non-refundable. Adoption fees are considered a donation to help support the care of animals within CHDR while they are waiting to be adopted.
And don’t forget, your relationship with CHDR doesn’t end here… We’re always available to answer any questions, make training recommendations, and assist you in providing a home to your new dog or cat!
Adoption Fees: Where do they go?
Coco’s Heart adoption fees go back to funding our rescue mission. We take in several sick and injured dogs and provide excellent care to our rescue dogs and cats. We often have very large vet bills as a result. Our only income is from adoption fees and fundraisers. We also have business expenses including insurance, supplies, boarding, gas, etc..
Each of our dogs and cats are also up-to-date on preventative care including:
Spay or Neuter
Dental Cleanings (as needed)
Heartworm Test (age appropriate)
On top of these services we have often taken in sick and injured dogs that require expensive/extensive treatments (c-sections, amputations, infections, lacerations, mass removals, heartworm treatments, hospitalization, MRI’s etc..).
If you question our adoption fees we urge you to research the cost of the vet care we provide automatically to our rescue dogs. We feel that this is the minimum vet care that each family should maintain with their family dog and cat.
Note: If you cannot afford an adoption fee you should not adopt a dog or cat. The adoption fee is just the beginning of the financial expense incurred with the addition of a furry friend to your family. It is not fair to the dog or cat if you are unable to provide adequately for them- that includes in emergency situations that can quickly add up financially. Have a back-up plan for large vet-bills. We recommend Pet Plan or Trupanion Insurance. We also urge you to look into Care Credit if you have an unexpected bill that you cannot afford. Please be prepared to provide financially for your furry-family members.
Reference: We have listed the expected cost of veterinary care you should be prepared for:
Bloodwork : $50-200
Vet bills can easily reach $100’s-$1000’s of dollars. Be prepared! Please enroll your dog or cat in pet insurance.
Each canine will be spayed/neutered upon leaving the rescue and placed in a forever home. This is a very important part of the mission to do our part in preventing dog overpopulation.
Each canine will be up to date on rabies vaccine, distemper and parvovirus. These are essential vaccines each canine should be up to date on at all times.
Micro chipping each canine in the rescue is a measure taken to ensure that any pet rescued through CHDR will have a less likely chance of facing homelessness or life without its family.
Each canine will have an up to date negative heartworm test. This is an important preventative care measure as heartworm disease can be painful and expensive to treat.