Frequently Asked Questions
01.) I adopted from you in the past, do I need to submit another application? No! Simply email or call to let us know which animal you're interested in and if your email address, home address, or phone number has changed.
02.) Do I need to fill out an application for every animal I'm interested in? No. Once you have an approved application on file, you don't need to submit another. You can spend time with multiple animals during your adoption meeting. If they're not a good fit, or if the one you applied for already has a meeting set up with another adopter, then simply reach out to us via the approval email to let us know which ones you're interested in.
03.) Do you require a home inspection? We do not conduct home visits due to time restraints and safety concerns.
04.) Do you allow trial periods or foster-to-adopt? We're no longer offering these options because people have taken advantage of them in the past. If you're unsure that an animal is a good fit, you're more than welcome to set up multiple meetings.
05.) Do you offer financial aid or discounts to seniors, veterans, and low income individuals? SFTS is a non-profit that receives no state funding and relies solely on grants, donations, and adoption fees to operate so we're unable to offer discounts at this time. However, we partner with Pets For Patriots where Veterans can get discounts on adoption fees, vet care, and more! We also have "Choose Your Own Fee" adoption events, so follow us on Facebook to find out when those are happening. We're more than happy to work with adopters on overcoming financial obstacles, below is a list of resources that may be helpful:
You can also search for state/national emergency vet care and pet food pantries at Pets Of The Homeless.
06.) Do you offer animal licenses? We don't, please check with your local city to find out how/where to license your pet.
07.) Are you a no-kill shelter? Yes! We have a 97% save rate. There are some instances when we have to euthanize if an animal has a medical condition that leaves them with no quality of life, or when an animal has extensive behavior issues that would put others at risk and have not been solved with training or behavior modification, but we never euthanize for space. We utilize hospice fosters when needed and have worked with animals for over a year before making the decision to euthanize.
08.) What are your adoption fees? Depending on the breed and age, cats are $20-$130 and dogs are $240-$600. Our adoption fees include each animal being spayed or neutered, microchipped, and up to date on age-appropriate vaccines. In addition, dogs are tested for heartworm and cats are tested for FIV/FeLV. Although we focus mainly on cats and dogs, we do sometimes work with others. Rats are $12, pigs are $40, and rabbits are $30.
09.) Can I pay for them now but pick them up on a different day? No, we prefer to do everything on the same day. Once the adoption and payment takes place, ownership of the animal is transferred to the adopter. Legally, this means we wouldn't be able to provide them with veterinary or emergency care without permission in the event that they needed it while still with us.
10.) The animal I'm interested in already has a meeting set up, can we meet them first? It would be unfair and disrespectful for us to approve an adopter and schedule a meeting with them only to cancel it so that someone else can meet them.
11.) What's included in the adoption? Each adoption comes with a digital packet that includes a receipt, a copy of the adoption contract, medical records, a rabies certificate, and a spay/neuter certificate. We also include information about pet first aid, poison prevention, socialization, training, and enrichment. Depending on each animals' needs, we can also send information about kitten and puppy care, crate training, behavior modification plans, and tips on managing certain medical conditions. In addition, the digital packet includes information about a free nail trim as well as stores that offer free adoption kits.
12.) What forms of payment do you accept? Cash, check, debit card, and credit card. Card is preferred!