Who says shelters and rescues shouldn't adopt out pets as gifts? Not us! When done right, third-party adoptions can get more animals into permanent homes. It's also a sure-fire way to engage the media and focus more attention on your shelter!
Here are the answers to your questions and tips for implementing this community-friendly adoption policy at your shelter.
The latest research shows that people who get their pets as gifts are just as attached to them as those who choose their own pets, and there's no added risk of relinquishment. Read the exciting findings.
The Nuts and Bolts
Allowing people to adopt pets for others may require a few tweaks to your adoption process. For example, how will you complete the adoption paperwork? And to whom should you assign the microchip? Arizona Humane Society shares its smooth process and offers advice on inputting third-party adoptions into your database and helping gift-givers select the right pet. Learn how to untangle the logistical knots.
Although we support year-round third-party adoptions, a good way to try them out is with a holiday promotion. Charleston Animal Society's "Home for the Holidays" has a pet delivery service run by volunteer elves. Read about Charleston's program.