Pet-Adoption FAQs

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The following links will take you to some of the most frequently asked questions about adopting a pet that you see on Petfinder. If you can’t find the answer below, please contact us (see the bottom of this page) with any additional questions you have.

How Do I Search For a Pet?

  • Can I Save My Search or Be Notified When New Pets Are Available?
  • Is the Pet I See on Petfinder Still Adoptable?
  • How Often is Petfinder Updated?

How Do I Adopt a Pet I See On Petfinder?

  • How Do I Meet a Pet I See on Petfinder?
  • Does Contacting the Shelter or Rescue Group Reserve the Pet I’m Interested In?
  • Do I Need to Apply to Petfinder?
  • How Will I Know If I’ve Been Approved to Adopt a Pet?
  • How Long Will It Take to Hear Back from the Adoption Group?

How Can I Adopt a Pet I See On Petfinder?

  • Does Contacting the Adoption Group Put The Pet on Hold?
  • Am I Applying to Petfinder?
  • How Will I Know If I’ve Been Approved to Adopt a Pet?
  • How Long Will It Take to Hear Back From The Adoption Group?

What Are The Requirements For Adopting A Pet?

  • Can I Adopt a Pet Who’s Out of State?
  • Will There Be An Adoption Fee?
  • Why Do Shelters and Rescue Groups Charge Adoption Fees?

Why Wasn’t I Selected to Adopt?

How Can I Tell If a Rescue Group is Real or a Scam?

How Do I Make a Complaint About a Shelter or Rescue Group?

Do you still have a question? Contact us here and we’ll be happy to help.

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