How Do I Apply to Adopt an Animal?
To adopt one of our foster animals, please fill out the adoption form found on our website under "Adoption Application".
If you have seen a specific animal on our site you are interested in, please mention that on the form.
This form has been designed to ensure that we are making the best possible match for adopters and animals in our program.
Once we receive your application, an adoption counselor will typically be in touch to discuss your application within 48 hours. Adopting from us makes you part of our Calvin's Paws Family - we want to be sure that you know that we are an informational and supportive resource for you to contact us anytime.
How Can I Meet an Animal That I am Interested in Adopting?
Your adoption counselor will liaise between you and the foster home to work to have the animal(s) at one of our many events.
Why Should Kittens Be Adopted in Pairs or With a Mentor Cat?
If you are considering adopting a kitten, please take a moment to read this article on kitten development (click here).
How Much Does It Cost to Adopt?
We charge a $100 adoption fee for our kittens and cats, $50 for cats 5 years old and older, and $150 adoption fee for our puppies and dogs. All animals are vaccinated, dewormed, spay/neutered, microchipped and tested for FIV, Felv, and Heartworms for dogs. It is a good idea to check out costs associated with animals before adopting. It is a lifetime commitment so there are many elements to the total expense and responsibilities (including planning for your pet should anything happen to you).
Note that this is the first investment in the ongoing cost of pet ownership. For more information about the financial commitment you will be taking on, we recommend this article.
How Long Does This Process Take?
Your application will be forwarded to a specific adoption counselor. Making sure that your application is complete makes the process go faster. The day that applications are received may affect the counselor's ability to reach persons indicated on your application (ie, your vet on the weekends). The processing of your application may take a few days but if you have not heard from someone within two business days please send us an email to make sure it was received.
When Can I Take My Animal Home?
See above question for details - but as soon as your application has been approved and an adoption counselor can arrange a time that works for the adopter and our volunteer to meet up.
If I See an Animal at an Adoption Event or on the Website, How Can I Take It Home?
You would need to first complete an online application on our website to start the adoption process rolling (see above questions for more details).
How to Prepare for Your New Furry Family Member
How Do I Introduce a Kitten to an Adult Cat?
Click here to see an article on this topic.
Why Have More Than One Cat?
Click here to read an article on this topic.
What If It Does Not Work Out With My New Adoptive Animal?
While we strive to help you find the perfect match for your home and family occasionally your new friend is not an appropriate fit. Always call or email Calvin's Paws with any questions that you have about your new animal. If you feel that the placement is not working contact Calvin's Paws for the return of the animal. We will happily work with you to see if we have another animal that may fit in your home.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT ADOPTION FEES ARE NONREFUNDABLE.