Introducing a dog to your pets: We encourage adopters to meet the dog(s) first without their current pets. This lets you focus on the dog and your interactions with him or her. If you think the dog is a good match, we can then have a second meeting with your dog (or bring the dog to your home to meet your cat). We are more than happy to help you introduce your pets and in fact we prefer to help with that.
Home Visit: We do a home visit as well as reference and landlord check. For most Gainesville area adopters, we do the home visit after the application is approved. We can then arrange a second visit to drop off the dog or the adopter can pick up the dog from the foster or at an adoption event. For out of town adopters, we will arrange for a trusted volunteer to do the home visit or, in some cases, accept photos of the home and yard instead.
We want every adoption to be a good match, so please tell us any concerns you have, from questions about the dog’s daily schedule to help introducing your own pets. In case you decide within the first week that it is not a good fit, you can return the dog and we will return your adoption fee.
Adoption Contract and Records: Our contract is a binding agreement that must be signed by both the adopter(s) and a POPB representative before you take possession of the dog. The contract entitles you to a free initial “well pet” exam (within a week) at one of our participating veterinary clinics (Gainesville Animal Hospital, Gainesville Animal Hospital West, or Archer Animal Hospital). We will transfer the dog’s medical records to you so you can establish him/her as a patient. We will also transfer the dog’s microchip records to you.
Training classes! Remember, all POPB alumni can attend five free obedience classes in Gainesville, which are offered every weekend by PUPS dog training. We also offer many group walks and other opportunities to for you and your dog to socialize, learn, and have fun!
New Adopter Packet: A few pages of helpful information for the immediate transition and afterwards. We’ll send you a copy but you can also download it here: NewAdopterPacket-all.