Frequently Asked Questions

Adoption Process
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Adoption Process

What is your adoption process?

Our adoption process consists of two interviews during an adoption event, and if you have been approved for a pet, a home visit and a vet check. See our Adoptions page for more information.

How long does the adoption process take?

Typically about one week. The two interviews are usually done during a single adoption event, and the home visit and vet check are scheduled during the following week. You should hear from a HART representative by mid-week whether or not you have been approved. If you are approved for the pet, you will be able to finalize the adoption at the next adoption event.

What should I expect when I finalize my adoption?

You will be required to complete and sign an adoption contract and a liability waiver. You will also receive all of the medical records obtained by HART regarding your pet, as well as a HART tag. The HART tag identifies your pet in our system and can aid in recovering a lost pet. In addition to the paperwork, an adoption fee will be collected.

How much is the adoption fee?

See Dog Adoption Fees and Cat Adoption Fee for HART's current adoption fees. The adoption fee can be paid via personal check or cash. These fees cover the cost of medical expenses (including spay/neuter), food, and kenneling for all of the HART animals while they are in our care.

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Volunteering at Adoption Events

How can I volunteer at an adoption event?

Show up! We are always in need of volunteers to hold dogs during adoption events (due to liability concerns all dog handlers must be over the age of 18), fill water buckets/bowls, and hand out adoption bandanas and poop bags. The more volunteers we have at an adoption event, the more dogs we can bring. Please see a HART representative if it is your first time volunteering.

What are the guidelines for handling a dog?

When you hold a dog, we ask that you:

  • Wear closed-toe shoes.
  • Pay attention to your dog (keep them on a short leash).
  • Pick up after your dog. Bags are available.
  • Limit the number of treats that are given to your dog.
  • Learn about your dog. If you don't know, ask!
  • Be courteous of customers. Don't block aisles or other store fronts.

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HART Website

Which Web Browsers are supported?

The HART website is tested for the latest version of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and the latest 2 versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer. We appreciate that there are other browsers in use, but as a volunteer organization with limited resources, we cannot support them all. Please know that your donations go directly to the dogs and cats in our care, not to web development expenses!

How to best view our website?

You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to take advantage of our dropdown Menu Bar and other features.

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