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All Creatures Big And Small, Inc.

Lacona, NY

Our Mission

Mission Statement

All Creatures Big and Small is a non-profit, volunteer dog/cat rescue organization serving Central NY and beyond. We are dedicated to rescuing adoptable pets left homeless for whatever reason – animals in public shelters, both near and far, where they are at high risk of euthanasia due to pet overpopulation, pets given up by their owners because of difficult circumstances, and those in danger of abuse or neglect. We are unable to accept animals with aggression issues into our program due to the nature of our foster homes.
We place adoptable animals in loving, responsible, committed permanent homes, following a comprehensive adoption process which includes taking considerable care in finding good matches and educating prospective adopters about the responsibilities and costs of bringing a new pet into their homes and lives.
Animals in our care are spayed or neutered, receive all appropriate veterinary care and treatment, and are placed in nurturing foster homes while they await placement in their permanent homes. We assist pets in distress without regard to age, breed or ease of placement. To the extent our finances allow, pets in the greatest need take priority.
We are determined to keep administrative expenses extremely low so that virtually every dollar taken in goes directly to the care of the animals. Our group remains interested in and committed to the welfare of the pet beyond the adoption process.
Finally, we strive to work with shelters and other rescues, both in our area and beyond, to develop a network of supporters and volunteers in order to create a better world for homeless pets.
All Creatures Big and Small is a section 501(c)(3) pet rescue group, incorporated in Aug 2003, with years of animal and rescue experience amongst our volunteers. "ACBS" is committed to helping the most needy, as well as the readily adoptable, among our most vulnerable creatures.

We are a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to restoring the pets under our care to physical and emotional health as they await placement in loving, responsible homes.

Virtually all donated funds will be spent directly on the care of the animals.

ACBS stands ready to help you, the prospective adopter or foster home, find a companion who will thrive in your home. We are here to assist you in every way possible throughout the adoption process and will continue to be a helpful resource after you have welcomed your new pets into your life.

New York State Rescue Registration Number RR067

Adoption Policy

All animals accepted into our program in volunteer foster homes. Since we don't have a shelter building, meet and greets are arranged after an application has been approved.
The first step in our adoption process is filling out an adoption application and calling your current/previous veterinarian to say it's ok to release veterinary information to us. Within 48 hours of receiving the application, we will do the veterinary reference check and contact you for additional information and to do a phone interview. If all goes well, a meet and greet is scheduled. All family members must come to the meet and greet (including dogs) to make sure it is a good match and everyone is on board to adopt a new pet. If it is decided that the pet is a good match, an adoption can be done at that time and the pet can go home with you:)

All adopters must live within 500 miles of Lacona, NY. We will not ship pets and all family members, including dogs, must travel to the adoption to be sure the pets and family are good with the potential new adoption. For local adopters, home visits are arranged at times to make the meet and greet more accessible.

Adoption Application

Prior to filling out our application, please note that we will do a veterinary reference check prior to a phone interview to ensure potential adopter's previous/current pets are current on vaccines and annual exams. In order for All Creatures to do the veterinary check, please call your veterinarian to give consent to release the information to us prior to submitting your application.
All adopters must live within 500 Miles of Lacona, NY. We do not ship pets and all family members, including dogs, must travel to the adoption to be sure the pets and family are good with the potential new adoption.


Name of pet you wish to adopt:

I have read the pets full profile on petfinder or facebook and meet the listed requirements or criteria listed in the profile. Please initial:

When will you be ready to adopt?
(Due to space constraints, pets cannot be held past their adoption appointments, normally occurring within a week of adoption approval)

Perspective Pet Parent:

Address (street address, city and state):

Phone number:


Place of employment:

Best time to call you:

Do you own or rent your home?

If renting, name and phone number of landlord:

How old are you ? (Must be at least 18 yrs old to adopt)

Do you have any children living at home?

If so, how old are they?

Do you currently have any pets?

If so, please list name, breed and age:

What kind of other pets have they been around?

If you currently don't have any pets, have you had any animals in the past 5 years?

If so, what kind and why are they no longer with you?

Are/were you pets up to date on vaccines (including rabies AND distemper/parvo)? This will be verified during vet reference call.

Are/were all of your pets spayed/neutered? This will be verified during vet reference call.

Are/were all of your pets in annually for wellness exams with a Veterinarian? This will be verified during vet reference call.

Name and phone number of your veterinarian. Please clarify the name records are under:

Have you called your veterinarian giving consent for All Creatures to verify your veterinary history? PLEASE CONTACT YOUR VET AND LET THEM KNOW WE WILL BE CALLING. Due to privacy laws, vets require authorization to provide a reference. If we are unable to get a reference the first time we call, we will email you to call your vet. This will delay the processing of your application.

Have you ever given a pet away?(answering yes does not mean you will not be approved to adopt from us)?

If so, please explain the circumstance:

If you can no longer keep this pet, do you agree to contact All Creatures Big and Small FIRST?

Potential dog adopters:
Do you have a fenced yard?

How will you keep your pet restrained when outdoors?

Where do you plan on keeping your pet when you are not home?

Do you plan on keeping your pet on heartworm preventative?

Please initial the following terms to show that you understand and are willing to abide by them to adopt one of our pets:

*I understand that this pet is being adopted as an indoor pet, cats will not be permitted to roam freely outdoors and dogs will not be adopted to be tethered to a doghouse. I intend on adopting this pet for my family and understand it cannot be given to a third party as a gift.__________________
*I understand that the adoption donation is non-refundable._________
*I understand that all members of the family are required to attend the adoption; this includes dogs living in the house no matter their breed or condition. Pets will not be shipped or transported, I am willing to travel to Adams NY to view them if a home visit is not required._________
*In the event that you do not give truthful

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