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Adoption Process

You are about to make a very important decision. Owning a pet means providing essentials such as a balanced diet, litter,
socialization and vaccinations. Remember, providing a home and care for a pet is a lifetime commitment.

The adoption process at LAWS consists of 4 steps:

Step 1 - Adoption Questionnaire

When you have found an animal you are interested in adopting, you will be asked to complete an application questionnaire.
The application entails questions about your family’s situation, lifestyle and expectations. This questionnaire helps our staff
see if your lifestyle and expectations are a good match with the individual animal and what aspects of care or behavior we
should provide additional education about.

Step 2 - Conversation

Once we have read through the application, an adoption counselor will have a conversation with you to find out a little more
about your lifestyle and what you are looking for in a companion animal. We will also provide advice about care and behavior
training at this time, as well as detailed information about the companion you are interested in. This conversation is a good
opportunity for us to get a sense of whether the animal is a good match for you and to ensure that both yourself and the
animal will be happy together.

Step 3 - Meet and Greet

If the adoption counselor feels that you are a good match for the animal, we will introduce you to the animal. Dogs can be
taken for walks in order to allow the potential adopter to see how they are on a leash and for the adoption counselor to
observe the potential adopter’s handling of the dog.
The meet and greet will involve all members of the potential adopter’s household, as well as any currently owned dogs if
applying for a second dog. It is important that everyone in the household is a good match for the animal, as well as any
current animals living in the home, to ensure that the adoption goes as smoothly as possible for everyone.

Step 4 - Finalizing the Adoption

If everything goes well at the meet and greet and both you and the adoption counselor feel that the animal is a good match
for your home, we will finalize the adoption.