The Adoption Process

Step by Step

ALL dogs are in foster homes as we do NOT have a shelter where you can visit. Some dogs are local & some are far away. If the initials following the dogs’ name are a state, then that is the state where the dog is located. If initials are not a state, then those are the initials of the foster home outside of New England you will not be able to meet the dog ahead of time.

Complete our online Application

Once you complete and submit the application you will be contacted by phone or email by the foster parent or a member of our adoption team and will have the opportunity to find out more about the animal and ask any questions that you have to ensure the animal is a good fit for your household. If the animal is local, you can meet the animal with just an online application and no deposit, but you would not be able to take the pet home until you are approved to adopt.

If you feel comfortable that the animal is a good fit for your home, you will then submit a sum of $200 as a partial payment of the adoption fee. This will initiate the processing of your application. From our end, we will check references and schedule a home visit. If you are not approved to adopt, any payment sent to us would be promptly returned in full.

Please be respectful of our fosters as they are all volunteers freely contributing their time to help these animals find a new home. Also, please try to accommodate scheduling the home visit volunteer, as most also have busy schedules. Delays in scheduling the visit will result in a delay in the adoption.

Once you are approved, you will receive an e-mail with your adoption contract attached. This e-mail will have details about pick up, fees owed, etc.

Please email your signed & witnessed contract to documentsfohari@gmail.com and pay the remainder of your adoption fee in full – preferably on Paypal or you will NOT be able to pick up your dog.

Once you have paid your adoption fee and emailed your contract to documentsfohari@gmail.com, you can make arrangements to pick up your dog from the foster home or from transport whichever is the case.

Our extensive approval process is intended to ensure the best fit between our pets and adopters. Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA) reserves the right to deny any adoption application with or without disclosure of cause.

PLEASE NOTE:

If we cannot get the dog you are interested in, your partial adoption fee payment is refunded.

If you are not approved to adopt, your partial adoption fee payment is refunded.

IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND FOR ANY REASON, YOUR PARTIAL ADOPTION FEE PAYMENT IS NOT REFUNDED!

IF ANY OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED ON YOUR APPLICATION IS FOUND TO BE FALSIFIED, YOUR PARTIAL ADOPTION FEE PAYMENT IS NOT REFUNDED.

Normally we do not process applications unless you select a specific dog, and we first receive a partial adoption fee payment of $200. We are all volunteers with limited resources, time, and need to devote that time to serious adoption inquiries. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to matching you with a perfect companion!

Your donation helps to cover the cost of all age appropriate vetting and transportation. FOHARI makes no explicit or implicit guarantees in reference to the health, temperament and/or the breed of the dog. The dog is adopted ‘as is’, and the adopter assumes all responsibility for treatment of any and all existing conditions or any other conditions of physical or temperament changes that may occur. FOHARI will provide the dog with the basic vaccines, heart worm test and sterilization before adoption if the age and current health of the dog permits. While FOHARI makes every effort to place only healthy animals, FOHARI cannot guarantee the health of any animal, and shall not be held responsible for any medical expenses that may be incurred. Rescuer will provide information received from the veterinarian exam, observations on the temperament of the animal and a best guess of the breed.

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Friends of Homeless Animals RI

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