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It takes a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks for most dogs to acclimate to their new home. Every adopted dog will have gone through at least two homes by the time they are adopted - their original home (or a puppy mill or shelter) and their foster home - so it is important that their adoptive home be their forever home. Your dog needs you to help him or her learn to trust you and to blend into your family. They can't do this overnight and they can't do it by themselves. If you aren’t willing to work with the dog (and perhaps your resident pets) to address any issues that develop during and after this period, please do not complete the application.

 

 

If you are having trouble, please let us know and the sooner the better. Small problems that start early on can turn into big problems if not addressed. Our volunteers have been doing this for a long time and probably have experience dealing with whatever issue you may be facing.

 

 

While we will always take a dog back into care if an adoption should fail, know that we will expect you to do everything in your power to address the problem first. We will provide you with support and resources to be successful, but your commitment is crucial to success.

 

When you are ready to adopt a new friend, we'll ask you to complete our friendly screening process, which ensures safe and successful adoptions!

      • If you are interested in adopting a dog, we will ask you to complete our Matchmaking Questionnaire to help us find the best match between you and your new pet.
      • If you already have pets, we will want to make sure they are spayed or neutered.
      • For renters, we'll check with your landlord to ensure that animals are permitted.
      • For dog adoptions, we'll visit your home to see the environment where the dog will live and answer your questions. This is a great opportunity for you to get valuable input on how to integrate your new pet into your home. If you already have pets, we can also help with the introduction to make sure everyone will be happy together.
      • If you are ready to adopt, we will have you complete the adoption agreement and pay the adoption fee. 

 

When you express interest in an adoptable pet, please be patient with us. We staffed completely by volunteers who love animals and want only the best for them. We strive to respond to you in a timely fashion and to be honest, respectful and courteous in all our interactions. Please understand that our primary obligation is to the animals in our care. While we realize that our screening process may seem extensive, it is a process that has been developed through years of experience and we stand firmly behind it.

The overpopulation of dogs and cats in our country is the result of too many unplanned litters. If you have unsterilized pets in your home, we will deny the application. Many territorial and behavior issues are related to unsterilization, and it can cause issues when a new pet is brought into the home. If you are interested in having your pet spayed or neutered so that you may adopt one of our pets, we will happily reconsider your application once proof of sterilization is provided.

A home visit is an in-home pre-adoption interview.  A UAF volunteer, usually the dog's foster parent, will schedule a visit at your convenience.  This is to verify the information provided on the Matchmaking Questionnaire and to explain our adoption policies. The volunteer will usually bring the dog along for the home visit to allow you to see how he or she will behave in the new environment. If you already have pets, this also allows us to help you with the introduction.

 

We have found that the best way to ensure success is to make sure that everyone enters into the process with appropriate expectations.

We do this to ensure the best fit between our pets and their new families.  Our careful process and our knowledge of the pet's personality and energy level helps us determine whether you will be happy with the pet and whether he or she will be happy in your family. We want the cat or dog's new home to be its forever home. 

United Animal Friends does not have a shelter. Most of our cats and dogs live in foster homes, however, the Petco store in Prescott generously allows us to keep some cats in Kitty City, inside the store.

 

We try to keep our website current with all adoptable pets available at the time. We do not remove animals from our site until they have been adopted. Our website also shows "Courtesy Listing" animals, which are pets that are owned by private individuals who need to find new homes for them.

 

We hold adoption events at various locations each weekend, including Petco, Whiskers Barkery, and the Prescott Farmers Market at Yavapai College. Appointments at other times will be scheduled after the Matchmaking Questionnaire has been completed and reviewed.

Maybe. We are not a first-come, first-served rescue. We try our best to find the best match between our pets and our potential adopters. Being first means that your application will be reviewed first, but if there are other applications for the pet, we will review those as well. We commit to being as open and honest about the selection process as we can. If another adopter is chosen, it only means that we feel that it was the best fit for the animal.

We try our best to provide all the information we know about a particular animal on his or her profile page. If the information is not provided there, it means that we are still learning the animal's personality. As soon as we are able, we provide a good description in the profile.

Yes, we do adopt outside of the local area, however, for dog adoptions we require a home visit. Distance is a factor in whether or not the required home visit can be completed. We do have volunteer contacts in some areas, however, we may find it diffucult to locate a volunteer to conduct the home visit in other areas. We will let you know if this becomes an obstacle to approval of your application.

 

We do not ship animals and we will not adopt to individuals without a personal meeting.

Fostering basically means that you temporarily own the dog or cat. You welcome it into your home as a temporary family member and provide it with food, shelter and love until it is adopted. Foster parents get to know the pet's personality and have a great deal of input in the placement of the animal.

It varies. Some animals need to be fostered only for a night while others may not find a forever home for a few months. When you foster a puppy or kitten, it tends to be a short commitment because they are usually adopted within a week or two. Adult cats and dogs may take longer but may also be adopted quickly when the right match is made.

Call us! We work with several area veterinary clinics that provide us with discounted care and we can make an appointment immediately if necessary. Preapprove veterinary care will be charged directly to us. We also provide all necessary vaccines for the animal.

Please do not take your foster pet to a vet without speaking with us first. We cannot reimburse you for any veterinary care that we did not approve beforehand.

Usually. If you are fostering an animal that is up for adoption and you fall in love, you can adopt it as long as your application is approved and we haven't already approved another adopter.

Yes. We sincerely appreciate your help in fostering the pet, but we have many expenses to pay and cannot waive the adoption fee for fosters. Each animal is spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccines, and may have incurred additional expenses, and your adoption fee will be used to do the same for another animal.

Please give us as much advance notification as possible so that we can find another placement for your foster animal.

Sorry, but no. It may sound fun, but we do not allow foster dogs to go to the dog park for safety reasons. There are too  many risks beyond your control at the dog park and we do not want to risk having a foster dog get loose or injured.

Please let us know right away. We can often suggest remedies if the problem if it is not too serious. Sometimes a simple change of food, a different type of leash or harness, or crate adjustment might do the trick. If the problem is more serious, we will find a new situation for the dog or cat, but we ask that you give us 24 hours to make arrangements if possible.

It is greatly appreciated when a foster covers the cost of food, litter, etc. for their foster animals, however, if this is a burden we can reimburse for reasonable expenses. We will provide a collar and leash for foster dogs, and can usually provide bedding, a crate, and toys.

We list our adoptable animals on our website and on Petfinder.com, and many time we showcase them on our Facebook page. We hold cat adoption events every weekend at Petco, and you may bring your foster cat in a crate. For dogs, we hold adoption events every weekend at locations such as Petco, Whiskers Barkery and the Prescott Farmers Market, and you are encouraged to bring your foster dog.  If you are unable to attend adoption events, please let the event coordinator know so that we can try to find another handler.

No prior experience is needed to volunteer in our entry level positions, but we do require all volunteers to have good communication skills and a willingness to learn. We supply all the training needed for each entry-level position.

United Animal Friends is an all-volunteer organization, and help in any of the following areas is greatly appreciated:

  • Fosters for cats and dogs
  • Adoption event handlers
  • Transporting animals
  • Trappers for our Trap/Neuter/Return/Manage Program
  • Fundraising events
  • Telephone volunteers

 

For more information, please see our Become a Volunteer web page or call us at 928-778-2924.

Most likely. We are happy to help families in need to re-home their dogs provided that:

  1. The dog meets our adoption criteria, and
  2. You can keep the dog in your home until it is adopted

 

You will need to provide proof that the dog has been spayed or neutered and is up to date on vaccinations. We will post your dog's photo and information on our website and on Petfinder.com, and you are welcome to bring the dog to our adoption events. We will continue to work with you until a good home is found for your pet.

Go to our Re-home website page and complete the appropriate Courtesy Listing Guardian Questionnaire. When you submit it to us, our Courtesy Listing Coordinator will get in touch with you.  Your animal must be spayed or neutered and up to date on all vaccines. If you need help in getting this done, we may be able to help. 

YES! We accept donations of clean blankets and towels and especially appreciate donations of cat and dog food. They may be dropped off at any of our adoption events. Please see our “Wish List” for some of our other needs.

Yes! Just clearly mark which fund you would like your gift applied to. Some of our funding needs are for:

  • Spay/Neuter
  • Community Pet Food Bank
  • Canines in Crisis
  • Cat Program
  • Emergency Medical Fund (for community pets in need)

 

Donations not marked for a specific purpose will be used where the need is greatest.

Absolutely! United Animal Friends is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, so all donations are tax deductible. We will gladly provide a tax receipt for your records.

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