Adoption Guidelines

Before you complete and submit an Adoption Application, we appreciate your review of the following Guidelines:

 

Adopting a Cat or Kitten

  • Prior to adoption, all household members should be present to meet the prospective new cat.

  • We advise (as per Humane Society recommendation) that families with children under 10 years of age do not adopt kittens under 6 months old. Young kittens require careful handling and can easily be harmed accidentally .

  • We suggest that our kittens be adopted in pairs. If you’re interested in adopting one kitten (under 4 months old), it’s best to have a young, playful, friendly cat or someone in the family at home most of the day.

  • We advise that all of our adopted cats and kittens be indoor only. Indoor cats live longer and healthier, avoiding the dangers of disease and predators outdoors. At times, we’ll have cats that may be available for adoption as indoor/outdoor cats, based on their history and behavior.

  • We advocate against declawing cats. At times, we will have previously declawed cats available for adoption.

  • To reduce pet overpopulation, we advocate that all animals living as pets be spayed or neutered. Spark will always spay or neuter our rescues prior to adoption if there are special circumstances they must be returned for altering.  The cost for the surgery is included in the adoption fee. 

  • You must be at least 21 years of age to adopt.

 

 

Adopting a Dog or Puppy

 

  • Prior to adoption, all household members (including any resident dogs) should be present to meet the prospective new dog.

  • We recommend that families with children under 6 years of age do not adopt young puppies under 6 months of age. Puppies require a lot of attention, training and careful handling.

  • All adopted dogs should be housed primarily indoors and not be kept as outside or guard dogs.

  • To reduce pet overpopulation, we advocate that all animals living as pets be spayed or neutered. Spark will always spay or neuter our rescues prior to adoption if there are special circumstances they must be returned for altering.  The cost for the surgery is included in the adoption fee.

  • We reserve the right to do property checks on homeowners or get landlord approval from applicants who are renting.

  • We are unable to place dogs on hold or take deposits for animals.

  • You must be at least 21 years of age to adopt.

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