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How to Adopt

Virtual Adoption Process 

We are excited to announce the launch of virtual adoption services through our robust network of area foster homes! Effective March 27, all of our adoptable animals will be moved into foster homes and it's easier now than ever to find your next family member. From the comfort of your home you can you can select an animal, set up a virtual meet-and-greet, and even conduct an adoption counseling session.

Our traditional adoption centers are temporarily closed, but we are very much open for adoptions. We have many wonderful animals waiting to meet you.


STEP 1: MEET YOUR MATCH... ONLINE! 

Find an animal you are interested in, who currently lives in a temporary foster home, by searching our online database at humanerescuealliance.org/adopt. Adoptable animals are viewable online, in real time.


STEP 2: EMAIL THE FOSTER TO LEARN MORE & MEET VIRTUALLY 

Using the contact information located in the animal’s online bio, potential adopters should email the foster parent directly for more information about the animal and to set up an opportunity to meet the animal virtually.  

Due to efforts to lessen the impact of COVID-19, HRA foster parents are not able to accommodate in-person meet and greets with potential adopters or their resident animals.  


STEP 3: SUBMIT AN ONLINE ADOPTION QUESTIONAIRE 

For those interested in moving forward with adoption, the foster parent will share a link to an online adoption questionnaire. Online adoption questionnaires are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Once received, an HRA adoptions counselor will reach out as soon as possible to schedule an over-the-phone or video counseling session. 


STEP 4: COMPLETE VIRTUAL COUNSELING

All adoption counseling will occur virtually, either by phone or video call. During the virtual counseling session, an HRA staff member will review important background about the animal–including all medical and behavioral information we have on record. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions. We’ll talk about considerations to have when welcoming your newest family member into your home and other species-specific topics. We ask that you be prepared to bring home your pet within 24-48 hours of your counseling session.


STEP 5: ARRANGE PICKUP WITH FOSTER & TAKE YOUR ANIMAL HOME!

Once counseling is complete, coordinate with the foster a mutually agreed upon time and place for pickup of the animal. Please bring an appropriate means of transporting your animal to your home while working to adhere to safe social distancing protocols. Transfer of the animal may only occur after the counseling session has been completed.

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