Adopting

Animals generally come to NASAP from partner pounds and as personal surrenders from members of the general public. NASAP animals are temperament tested and live as members of our foster homes families. If you are interested in learning more about adopting a pet from NASAP, please read the frequently asked questions below and check out our adoptable pet pages for a complete and up-to-date listing of all animals currently in NASAP’s care. If you think a particular animal might be the right fit for your family, just click the “Inquire About Adopting Me” link below the animal’s bio and fill out the adoption questionnaire as completely as possible. A NASAP representative will then get in contact with you and help to determine if this particular pet will be a good fit for your family and lifestyle. NASAP representatives work with foster homes and potential adopters to ensure the highest chance of a happy and successful pet adoption process.

The Adoption Process – Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to adopt an animal?

Adoption fees are as follows:

Dogs $280.00
Puppies up to 12 months (including spay/neuter certificate) $350.00
Kittens under 6 months (including spay/neuter certificate) $200 each $350.00 for a pair
Senior Dogs(10+ years) $150
Adult Cats (6 months to 10 years) $180.00each $300.00 for a pair
Mature Cats (over 10 years) $70.00
Rabbits $75.00 for a single, or $125.00 for a bonded pair
Guinea Pigs $25.00
Other Animals Varies-please see animal description

*Nasap will cover the spay and neuter costs for puppies or kittens at the vet of OUR choice after the adoption.*


Why is there an adoption fee?/What does the NASAP adoption fee include?

The following services are included in each adoption fee:

Spaying or Neutering»

Vaccinations»

Treatment for Parasites»

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus/Feline Leukemia Testing»

Post-Adoption Vet Checkup»

Additional Veterinary Care»


ALL of these services are included in the NASAP cat ($180), kitten ($200), dog ($280) and puppy ($350) adoption fees. Compare that to the total market value of care that your new NASAP animal has received and it is obvious that our adoption fees are not only reasonable, but an excellent deal!



Where are the animals kept?

NASAP does not have a central location, or even a kennel. Instead our foster homes take our animals into their homes and families, making the animal a part of the family. This way we get to know the animal and their personalities making it easier to find the right permanent home for them.



How can I meet the animals?

There are two ways to meet our animals:

If you see an animal listed on our Adoptable Pets page and you would like to meet them:

1) You can Contact Us or click the "Inquire about adopting me" link below the animal's picture and fill out the online questionnaire as thoroughly as possible. Then submit the questionnaire. A volunteer will pass along your contact information to the animal’s foster home. The foster home will then contact you and will arrange with you a time to come and visit the animal.

2) The other way to visit an animal is to attend one of our Pet Adoption Days. Several times a month volunteers bring their foster animals to a number of pet stores in Edmonton. Please see our Events page for the dates and locations where this is happening. Contact Us to find out which animals will be at these Adoption Days.

If I am interested in a particular animal, am I guaranteed to adopt the animal?

Not necessarily. Our foster homes are volunteers who work very hard to try to match the animal they have taken responsibility for to a family that most suits the needs of that animal. Many animals generate a number of inquiries and a home is chosen based on what the foster home believes to be best for that particular animal. Please understand that this does not mean that you would not provide a proper home but that the animal is placed based on what our foster home believe to be most suitable.

If your adoption request is turned down, we encourage you to continue to watch our website and make application to adopt another animal. NASAP reserves the right to refuse any adoption request for reasons to be kept private and confidential within the administration of the organization.

What if I have other animals?

NASAP encourages potential adopters to bring any animals in their household when they meet the animal they are looking to adopt, if the foster home thinks this would be beneficial – please ask the foster home about this. This helps to make sure that all of the animals will get along BEFORE the adoption takes place. When you make arrangements with the foster home, please talk to them about bringing your animals.

Are the animals good with children?

Every animal is different. If NASAP knows if an animal is good or bad with children, we will include that in the write-up on the website. However, please talk to the foster home about the animal, as they are best able to provide information on the animal.

Who decides if a family is allowed to adopt an animal?

Our foster homes choose the home that they feel is the best match, and that decision will be backed up by NASAP.

What happens if more then one person wants to adopt an animal, how is the choice made who gets the animal?

In the case where we have received multiple inquiries on a single animal, we will pass the contact information for all of the people interested to the foster home. The foster home will then contact these people, and try and find the best possible fit for the animal.



Why do you charge for animals?

Along with donations, NASAP uses the adoption fees to provide medical attention, food and shelter to homeless, abused or unwanted animals. NASAP’s largest expenses are for medical bills, which include emergency procedures, medications and spay/neuter procedures.

What forms of payment are accepted?

Payments are accepted as *cash only*, no cheques. This is given to the foster home at the time of adoption.

What happens if the animal isn’t adopted into the right house?

NASAP realizes that there are going to be some cases where an animal just does not fit into a household. If this does happen, please contact us. We will do our best to try and help resolve the issues and will talk about potential solutions to the problem.

Is the adoption fee refundable?

No. The adoption fee is not refundable.

Are the animals up to date on their shots?

Yes, in most cases. The animals have received their first set of shots (not Rabies or Feline Leukemia) and deworming when necessary.

Are the animals spayed or neutered?

Dogs and cats are spayed or neutered. Puppies and kittens under the age of 6 months are usually not but they will be required to be spayed when they are six months of age. Nasap gives the adopter a spay/neuter coupon at the time of the adoption to be used at a vet clinic listed on the coupon by the specified deadline.

Do I need to have my new puppy or kitten spayed or neutered?

Absolutely. Included in the adoption contract is a clause requiring that the new owners spay or neuter their animal before a specified date. We do this in order to control the over populating of pets.

Can I alter the animal? (i.e. declaw, dock a tail, crop ears)

No. Included in the adoption contract is a clause specifying that no operations such as those specified above can be performed on the animal being adopted. Operations such as declawing, tail docking and ear cropping are extremely painful operations for the animal and in the vast majority of cases do not have a functional reason.

Does the animal come with a birth certificate or a pedigree?

We occasionally do get animals that are purebred and have a birth certificate and pedigree, but the vast majority do not. This is because a lot of the animals we have are rescued from pounds or found as strays.

If you don’t know the history of the animal, how can you tell the breed?

We rarely know for sure the exact breed of the animal. We make a visual assessment when we rescue the animal, and based on that try and determine the breed(s). Many of our volunteers have been assessing animals for years, and are very proficient at it. We can not make a guarantee however.

If you don’t know the history, how do you know the age?

We rarely know for sure the exact age of the animal. Frequently we rely on a veterinarian’s estimate of the age of the animal, which they do primarily by examining the teeth. We can not make a guarantee however.

Are the animals tattooed or microchipped?

Some animals are and some animals aren’t. When NASAP spays or neuters an animal we usually have the animal tattooed at the same time. However, when we rescue animals that are already spayed or neutered we usually do not tattoo them. We highly recommend that should you adopt an animal that is not microchipped or tattooed, you have this done. It is inexpensive, and could save a great deal of heartache should the animal become lost.

I don’t think I am ready to adopt, but wish to help, how can I help?

There are many ways you can help! You can make a donation, either general or a targeted donation to one of our special funds and know that 100% of the money goes towards saving an animal.

We are always looking for volunteers to help in many different ways. Find out How You Can Help!

 



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