Frequently Asked Questions
Can I take my new pet home the same day?
Normally, we ask that you fill out the adoption application to be approved. Once you are approved, an appointment will be set up for the meet and greet and adoption. We expect you to take your new dog home at that time.
If you are adopting at an adoption event, you will normally be asked to wait 24 hours to pick up your dog to prevent impulse adoption. If you know you are in the market for a pet, it is a good idea to have some things ready for your new pet such as bedding, food, bowls, and toys. That way, when you fall in love with the right one, you both will be ready. A few things to note:
- All members of the family must be present in order to adopt. We want to make sure it's a good fit for everyone!
- If you are planning on adopting a dog and already have an existing dog, we ask that you bring him/her to the the adoption event or meet and greet to meet your potential new pet.
- We want to do all we can to ensure that you and your new pet are made for each other. Therefore, Res Q Angels recommends a 24 hour waiting period from the time you decide to adopt a dog to the time you take the dog home. This encourages a sound decision on the part of the adopter and discourages impulse adoptions. The decision to adopt a homeless animal is a lifelong commitment. It is up to the discretion of the adoption counselor to allow same day adoptions.
Has my new pet already been vaccinated?
Yes, your new pet will have had all of the vaccinations he/she needs up until the point of adoption. This means that you may have to get more vaccines as they become due but we will have taken care of what they need up until the date of adoption.
Has my new pet already been spayed/neutered?
Yes, all dogs 4 months and older will have had the spay/neuter surgery prior to adoption. Puppies under 4 months will not be spayed or neutered, you will need a pre-paid receipt from your vet for spay or neuter in order to pick up your new puppy.
I found a pet that I want to adopt but am not sure if he/she will work out in my home with my other pets. Can I do a trial adoption?
We do "sleep overs", usually just for our adult pets. If you are interested in a sleep over, you must live within Yakima County, or within a surrounding County. You must be willing to come pick up the dog from Yakima. No dog will be delivered to you. You will be required to do all of the adoption paperwork prior to a sleep over, but no fees will be paid until the end of the specified sleep over period if you choose to adopt the dog.
We usually don’t do trial adoptions with puppies. Puppies will almost always get along well with the other pets in the home. We would prefer that an adopter be 100% ready and committed to that puppy before adopting. If you have concerns about raising a puppy, please talk to a counselor. You might discover that one of our older dogs will be a better fit for your lifestyle since they are usually much less work than a puppy.
What happens if my dog becomes sick after adoption?
All of our pets receive vaccinations and most are health checked by a veterinarian prior to going to their adoptive home. Most have been in foster homes for at least one week. The most common issue is diarrhea from switching food. This will resolve itself after a few days to a week. We are always available to answer questions and direct you in the proper avenue to treat most situations.
What if I’m having problems with the pet I adopted from Res Q Angels and need help?
We try to set the right expectations about anything that we know about the pet before you adopt. Please contact us immediately if you have questions or concerns.