Helpful Tips for a Successful Adoption Process
All visits with our animals are by appointment, except for special adoption days. Please complete an application today so we can get you scheduled. Special adoption days will be posted on our website calendar of events.
Fill out all requested info completely and truthfully.
Contact your vet and let them know we will be calling. Ask them to provide us with the information we are seeking. Many veterinarians require that y ou call them to release information to one of our representatives--by not calling your veterinarian upon submitting your application, a delay may be caused when processing it.
If you cannot provide a vet reference, we require 3 personal unrelated references (i.e., boss, neighbor, coworker).
If you do not have a current vet, we will need to know who you plan to use once you adopt. Please be sure to note on your application that you are not a client yet, but plan to be with your first pet.
Ask your references to respond promptly. The approval of your application is reliant on their response.
Make sure your current pets are up to date on their vaccinations. Heartworm preventative is required for dogs. A Bordetella vaccine is recommended for your current dog as many of the dogs we get are exposed to kennel cough.
Respond promptly to our phone calls and messages.
Understand we may get many inquiries on the same pet, and we will process applications in the order received.
Everyone must follow adoption procedures: application, reference checks, visit, adoption. We will not adopt a pet to you without an application and reference checks. While we can accommodate a visit "just to look", please understand we may have other interested parties with approved applications interested in the same pet.
We cannot "hold" a pet for extended periods of time. If you are not ready for a pet for several weeks/months, please do not apply for a pet that is available now. We will not hold a pet for an appointment for more than 48 hours.
When adopting a dog under 4 months of age, the maximum amount of time to be left alone is 1-4 hours. Puppies cannot "hold it" all day while you are at work. Do not apply for a puppy if you are away from home all day or cannot make arrangements for your puppy to get a potty/exercise break.
If you are an approved applicant and fall in love with one of our pets, you will be able to take the pet home the same day you come to visit. Please be prepared for your pet's arrival at home.
Cash or credit cards (MC, VISA and Discover) are acceptable payments for your adoption fee. No checks are accepted.
Let us know if you are no longer interested in adopting or have found a pet elsewhere so that we don't continue trying to contact you.
All of our available cats and dogs are spayed or neutered before they leave our facility. If you own a pet that is not altered, we will NOT adopt to you until your current dog or cat has been spayed or neutered.
Most importantly, research the breed of pet you are interested in to be sure that type of pet will fit in with your family's lifestyle and needs.
Preparing For Your Visit
When you arrive for your appointment, please go to the office above the Kennel.
Keep the weather in mind, your visit may be conducted outdoors.
Do not wear your best clothes and do wear comfortable "old" shoes, especially if the weather has been wet.
Be prepared to take your chosen pet home -- have someone with you to hold your dog, and bring a crate for cats/kittens. Bring along a towel or old blanket for your dog to lie on in the car.
Ask questions! Our adoption counselors should be able to answer any questions about behaviors, habits, and personalities of our dogs. Exception: Farm Animals and Horses do not need to go home the day that you visit. We allow a 10 day window after your decision for pick-up/delivery.
Do bring family members that will be living with your new pet -- we want everyone to be part of the choosing process so that all will be happy with their new family member.
Be on time! Appointments are often scheduled very close together, especially on Saturdays, and we can process much more efficiently if you arrive at your scheduled time.
Adopting an Equine
LCR has an unique equine placement program to ensure their safety. Please review our Equine Placement Agreement prior to completing our equine adoption application. We do require all of our equine adopters to live within three hours of our facility. After placement, LCR remains the "Owner" of the equine, however the guardian is their permanent caretaker. As the permanent caretaker, you are allowed to enjoy the equine as you please, trail riding, showing, cross country, pleasure riding, parades, etc. Our equines cannot be raced, rehomed, sold or bred. In the event that you are no longer able to care for the placed equine, the equine must return to our facility. If you decide to move beyond our 3 hour adoption radius, you must receive approval from LCR to relocate the equine. As a benefit, the lifetime care of the equine is considered tax-deductible!
Annual Vet Check Form
In an effort the ensure the safety of all our equines once placed, adopters must complete the ANNUAL VET CHECK FORM and return to LCR each calendar year. Please print the form and return to [email protected]