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Adoption Policies

Since so many of our animals, especially our dogs, come to us having already experienced the pain of abandonment, we really need to be sure that each potential adopter is the right match for a particular dog. We also need to know that you are in it for the long haul. Animals are for life and if you can’t commit to your adopted dog or cat beyond your next baby, next apartment, next boyfriend, or next job then please, DON’T get a dog or cat.

The fact that you are choosing to adopt rather than buy an animal at a pet store or from a breeder already scores you points but this is how we work...


Adopting a Dog from the Frontier Animal Society

Once you’ve chosen a dog that you feel is the right size, age and temperament for you and/or your family send us an email or better yet give us a call. If you do not reach us please leave a message. We make every effort to return calls within 24-48 hours and often sooner.

We like to talk to each potential adopter before arranging a visit. We know our dogs well and through conversation we can often get a feel as to whether or not the dog you are interested in will be the right match. We won’t discourage you from a particular dog unless there is clearly an incompatability issue that we believe can’t be overcome. When this happens, we may suggest or recommend a different dog, one that we believe might better suit your current needs and lifestyle.

Following our initial conversation, we will arrange a visit to our shelter so you can meet and play with the dog(s) you are interested in adopting. We are situated on a lovely piece of land in the country so weather permitting (deep snow is really the only reason walks are sometimes not possible) you will have an opportunity to take the dog(s) for a walk and to interact with him or her in our fenced in dog park which is a great way to get to know them. If you already have a dog, we will ask that you bring him or her with you.


Waiting Period

We rarely finalize an adoption immediately following the first visit*. An extremely important part of our adoption process is what we refer to as the “think it over” period which allows you the time to think your decision over as well as prepare your home for the new pet. Adopting a dog should not be done impulsively. We generally recommend that you take a few days to think about your decision and only then will we finalize the adoption. If you require more time or would like to come and visit the dog again that is fine with us. We assure you that if you leave our shelter with the intention of adopting a particular dog we will consider that dog adopted until the waiting period is over.

*Exceptions may be made for adopters who are travelling a very long distance (more than 3 or so hours) to visit a dog but in this situation we may require that other criteria be met.

Home Checks
Home checks are scheduled on a case by case basis.