ARE YOU READY TO ADOPT?
Adopting a pet is a big commitment and one that should not be entered into lightly. Cats and dogs generally live 12-15 years... some longer. Please make sure you are ready to make the commitment for the pet's entire lifetime and make sure it is the right time in your life for a pet. Ask yourself some of the following questions.
Do you know what type of pet would best suit your lifestyle? Have you read about things like housebreaking, training, litterboxes, behavioral problems? Are you aware of the daily care of this type of pet? Can you see yourself owning a dog for the next 12-15 years? Most cats & dogs live 12-15 years... are you prepared to make this kind of commitment?
The cost of a pet goes way behind the adoption fee. There are veterinarian bills, food, litter, grooming, etc. Typical vet bills will run several hundred dollars a year for exams, vaccinations, and flea control. If you go on vacation and can't take your pet with you, you will need to consider the cost of boarding or pet-sitting generally around $20-30/day. Additionally, if your new pet gets sick suddenly or needs some emergency care it could cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Are you in the midst of moving, getting married, going through a divorce, going off to college, getting ready to have a baby, changing jobs? If so, then it probably is not a good time to adopt. Wait until your life is more settled and you have the time to devote to a new family member.
Can you live with a little damage to furniture and floors until your new pet becomes accustomed to your home? Will you take accidents, even flea infestations, in stride? Even housebroken and litterbox-trained pets can have accidents. Be prepared to clean up a little vomit, pee, or poop... it's part of owning a pet.
What will you do with your pet when you travel? Boarding and pet sitting can be very expensive. If you travel extensively, how happy will your pet be alone?
If your children are under the age of 6, experts recommend that you wait a few years to adopt. Puppies and kittens have extra-sharp teeth and claws and strike back when teased. Smaller dogs and kittens may be too delicate for an exuberant toddler; large dogs can knock a child over and adult cats can hiss or bite.
Do you work long hours? Will you have the time and patience to train the dog or spend it with a cat? Are you prepared to give the pet its needed exercise? Do you have quality time to spend with a new pet?
If you already have animals, have you checked to ensure that adding another animal will not violate your city limits or be in violation of any regulations of where you live? Are you sure your current pets will tolerate a new pet in the home? Have you considered the well-being of your current pets as your first priority?
Have you checked with your landlord to see if they allow pets? Does your rental or lease agreement specify that pets are allowed? Do you have to make a pet deposit? Have you anticipated what you might do if you have to move? Are you willing to pay more for a place to rent to ensure that you can take your pet with you?
A cat or dog needs to be a family member and everyone needs to welcome him/her into your home. Be sure everyone agrees not only on getting a pet but on which pet to make part of the family. Let everyone in the family meet your new potential family member before deciding to adopt.
Please be sure you are ready to adopt before making this big decision.
The shelters are full of animals that were purchased or adopted by someone who did not think it all the way through and as a result, didn't follow through on their commitment. Adopting a pet on impulse is not the way to go - make sure you can make a lifetime commitment to your new pet.
Adopting Your New Furry Family Member Is A Four-Step Process
Step 1 - Application
Adopter candidates are required to complete and submit an adoption application that will be reviewed by I Dream of Home Rescue's Board of Directors. If the application is approved we move to step 2.
Step 2 - Home Check
Once the application has been reviewed and receives initial approval, we will schedule a mandatory home visit. Please note, if you are in a rented home, we will be contacting your landlord for their approval prior to adoption. If the home check is approved we move to step 3.
Step 3 - Meet & Greet
If the application is approved, we will schedule a meet and greet with the potential adopters and dog(s). It is required that all members of the adoptive family must be present for the meet and greet.
Step 4 - Pet Introduction
If the adopter already has existing pets (dogs or cats), we require all the pets are properly introduced by a member of I Dream of Home Rescue. We will not adopt a dog into a home that has reached its city-mandated limit.
All required steps must be completed and approved by the Board of Directors prior to finalizing adoption.
Adoption Process and Policies:
Not all dogs listed on this website are currently available for adoption, each dog's bio will contain its availability status. All our adoptable pets once cleared for adoption will be seeking permanent loving homes.
We are a small non-profit rescue and we are completely run and operated by unpaid volunteers. We will try as much as possible to return all calls, emails, and application inquires within a reasonable amount of time. However, understand sometimes this is not possible.
Adopters must be at least 25 years of age
Adopters must live in the state of California
Must have a valid CA Drivers License
Be willing and able to follow the mandatory adoption process
The adoptable pet must be for the person(s) completing the adoption application.
Must allow a representative to follow up with the adoptive family post-adoption at 2 weeks and again at 6 months
Be willing to provide the adopted dog with food, water, regular medical care (vaccines, flea/heartworm treatment, etc.) for the rest of their natural life
Agree to the I Dream of Home Rescue Adoption Contract
Also agree that I Dream of Home Rescue has the RIGHT to regain possession of the adopted dog without notice, if any of the terms of the contract have been violated.
Disclaimer: Some details about our adoptable pets might have changed before we’ve been able to update our website. When we get in touch with you, we will have the most current information. Also, information about our adoptable pets is based to the best of our knowledge, but we can make no guarantees about the adoptable pet’s health or temperament.
Return Policy: We strive to make good adoption matches, and for our clients and our adoptable pets to live happily together always. However, IDOHR remains committed to the dogs for the remainder of their lives and will accept dogs back, by appointment, should it not work out. When adopting, we ask clients to be prepared and committed to providing the dog and themselves at least a week together to settle in prior to deciding to return the dog.
To complete a dog adoption application please click here
To complete a cat adoption application please click here