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 for the trial week, 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.
Trial Period: We want every adoption to be a good match. To that end, all adopters have a trial week, starting the day they receive the dog in their home. At the end of the week, we will ask you to confirm whether or not you wish to finalize your adoption. If you do not, you must return the dog and we will return your fee. If you would like more time, e.g., to make sure your existing pets are adapting well, just ask – our goal is to find the right home for every dog and the right dog for every adopter!
Adoption Contract: When you finalize your adoption, we will transfer the vet and microchip records to your name. We will also ask you to sign an adoption contract, which will also be signed by a POPB representative. This will entitle you to a free initial “well pet” exam at one of our participating veterinary clinics (Gainesville Animal Hospital, Gainesville Animal Hospital West, or Archer Animal Hospital). Our contract is here: AdoptionContract
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 when you start your trial, and you can also download it NewAdopterPacket-all.