Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How much is the adoption fee? $450 for dogs and $250 for cats. 
  2. What do I “get” with the adoption? A dog comes with a collar, one month of free health insurance, a microchip, and up to date vaccines. A cat comes with one month of free health insurance, a microchip, and up to date vaccines. 
  3. When is your next event? We have all of our events listed here on the calendar on our website. 
  4. How do I adopt an animal I see listed online? Just email us! 
  5. Do you require a fence? No but we do require leash walking if you do not have a fence. 
  6. Do you have any outdoor cats? No, all of our cats are indoor only. 
  7. Do you require a home visit? We do home visits on random applications. You must agree to one in order to adopt but we won’t necessarily complete one. 
  8. Do I fill out an application every time I am interested in an animal? No, only once and we will keep it on file. Just email us when you see an animal you are interested in. 
  9. What if I hold an animal and meet them and they aren’t a good fit? We only want our animals to go to their forever homes. If you aren’t 100% sure then it’s best to wait until you find a good match. 
  10. Can I come see dogs today? Normally we only have our training dogs at our facility as most of our dogs are in private foster homes. We have the events to bring together all of our dogs for viewing and adopting. We are also volunteer run so it’s best to email us to ask how to meet a particular animal.
  11. What if I adopt and it’s not a good match? Please review our contract again.
  12. How do I prepare for my new puppy? Read our Puppy Expectations.
  13. How do I see your available animals? View them here!
  14. I heard that sometimes you take in animals from other states. How do they get here? We have our own PLR Transport that drives from CT to the South (mostly Arkansas and Tennessee) 2-3 times per month. We do this for our own rescue animals as well as for other rescue organizations.
  15. How do I get in touch with someone to answer my questions? Please email us and an adoption coordinator reply to you quickly.
  16. How do I know you are legitimate? Please check out our Facebook Page where we have 15,000 likes and where so many of our adopters post updates of the animals they have adopted from us. We are also registered with the Town of East Hartford and State of CT, Department of Agriculture, and IRS as a 501c3 Charity Nonprofit. You can also feel free to attend any of our adoption events to meet our wonderful volunteers in person.
  17. What if I can’t adopt, how can I help? You can join our volunteer team, foster animals, spread the word on social media about available animals, donate, or sponsor!

FAQs for First-Time Pet Owners
by Penny Martin

Are you thinking about adopting your first pet? Welcoming your first pet into your family can be exciting and fun, but it can also be stressful and bring up many questions. This is especially true of first-time pet owners who may have very little to no experience with having an animal in their home. What type of pet should you get? What supplies does your new pet need? And what are you supposed to do with a pet all day? All these are extremely common questions, and in this article, we’ll set out to answer them and more.

What type of pet should I get?

This can be a tricky question, especially if you know you want a pet but have no idea what species you should be looking for. Cats and dogs are usually the go-to pet species, but they aren’t the only animals suitable for first-time pet owners. There are fish, reptiles, birds, and rabbits. All these make great pets and can make a great addition to anyone’s home. Be sure to take into account the size of your living space, allergies, and time when considering what kind of pet to adopt. 

Even if you do decide to go with one of the more “normal” pets, it is in your best interest to research the particular breeds you’re interested in extensively. Some dogs, for instance, are better suited for first-time pet owners than others. Boxers, Yorkshire terriers, and labrador retrievers are some of the best dog breeds for new owners. Keep in mind, however, that each dog has its own personality. Breed alone is not an indicator of their compatibility with your family. 

What do my pets need?

What your pet needs depends on the species. If you’re getting adog, you’ll want to invest in a dog bed, a crate, and perhaps even a dog stroller (a small stroller can be purchased for $39.99). A cat will need a scratching post and litter box (there are sifting models available for easy cleanup). Other animals will need a place to sleep, such as a tank or cage, some way to get their food and water, and some enrichment activities as well.

How do I prepare for a new pet?

Depending on your pet, you might need to “puppy-proof” your whole home. Other pets will only need their cage or tank set up properly. If you have other family members, you will want to prepare them for a new pet as well. This is especially true for young children who should know how to handle and what to expect from the new pet before he arrives (for example, a new puppy will likely jump and bite). Lastly, make sure you have a well-rounded arsenal of cleaning supplies—including a stain and odor remover (can be purchased for $3.97) and a good vacuumcleaner that can eliminate pet hair and dander—so that you’re adequately prepared for any pet-related messes. There may be a few messes that you can’t clean up on your own. In this case, you may have to call in a professional carpet cleaner, which will likely cost you between $113 and $300 in Hartford.

How do I help my pet acclimate?

Some pets may need more time to get used to their new home than others. Puppies and kittens may adapt almost instantly, while older rescue dogs may have a harder time. The exact opposite could be true as well, though. You can never really tell how your new pet will act until they’re in your home. The key factor is patience and persistence. Create a routine, and then stick with it. Your pet will soon enough learn the ropes. If you’ve chosen a dog, offering positive behavior rewards is a great way to get them interested in the house rules.

Adopting a new pet is both exciting and confusing. You’re welcoming a completely new member into your family, but you also have a whole new personality you have to adjust to. But by following these tips, your pet should feel at home in no time.

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