1) Fill out an On-Line Adoption application after reading this entire
page: This should be completed with little or no omissions
or incorrect data. Please understand that we cannot
process your application if you do not take the time to fill one
out properly. Please note that until we review your application
and tell you that you are approved to adopt, you cannot adopt one
of our dogs - the process does take a little while so it is good
start early. For various reasons, we are no longer acepting "hand-apps."
attention to your references and Veterinarian, including
phone numbers. Filling out an on-line application before you come
to the Saturday clinic will speed up the process, and will go directly
to the HB volunteers who manage applications. Please remember to
click the "SUBMIT APPLICATION" button
If you are not within
40 miles of the Albany Airport, please do not apply.
This a distance we decided upon and if you disagree with
our definition for out-of-the-area, please feel free to look for
a dog in your community.
2) Interview: Qualified
volunteer (we are all volunteers) interviews you, for numerous reasons.
First, we want to find our dogs the best possible homes. Second,
we want to match personalities as much as possible. (We really hate
to see adoptions fail). Third, we get a kick out of helping to complete
families, and who knows, you might get convinced to become a volunteer
as well. We require everyone in the household to be present for
the interview process, especially young children. We need to see
the interaction between the dog and everyone in the family, and
for that reason we NEVER do surprise or gift adoptions.
3) Reference Check:
See the first reason for the interview……
4) Home Visit: We will
do a home visit if you have animals at home that we feel our dog
needs to meet before adoption takes place. Sometimes personalities
clash, and somebody does not like someone else. This is especially
true if you have cats and we do not know how the dog you wish to
adopt will react to cats. We will also do a home visit for any potential
adopter who requests it or if we feel there is a situation at home
that warrants one. We have replaced the home visit for many of our
adopters, by our interview, as we feel it is thorough and tells
us what we wish to know.
5) Contract: (Link
to contract) Once you are approved we will meet to handle the
paperwork at our Saturday clinic. Once the contract is completed,
paid (We accept cash and checks only), your new family member is
turned over. We then hand over or mail you copies of everything
we have about your new dog (medical records particularly).
6) Follow Ups: You may
hear from us!! We will try to make follow up calls to check out
how things are going.
7) Also, please send
us pictures of your new family member whenever possible. We love
to see success stories, so please keep in touch. You are very welcome
to come to a later clinic with your new family member and show him
(her) off. We also love to get Alumni pictures and stories from
the new family to post.
For the ADOPTION APPLICATION, (Click