The Wild Rose Humane Society endeavors to ensure that all animals are placed in loving, caring, stable and lifelong homes suited to the animal. Since the animals do not have the ability to choose their owners, the WRHS must act in their best interests. All adopters must sign and abide by the conditions of the Adoption Contract. The WRHS reserves the right to refuse an adoption.
A. GENERAL ADOPTION CRITERIA 1. All healthy dogs and cats will be sterilized, tattooed and / or micro-chipped before leaving the WRHS. The adopter of dogs and cats that are underage at the time of adoption will bring the dog or cat to a WRHS partner clinic for its spay or neuter before the animal is 5 months of age, as a condition of the adoption agreement. 2. The WRHS does not encourage animals to be adopted as surprise gifts. 3. Dogs and cats will not be adopted to anyone:
under 18 years of age;
exhibiting signs of intoxication (alcohol or other substance);
with unstable animals (food/toy/space guarding, human or animal aggression, etc.);
with a documented history of neglect or abuse of animals; must not exhibit intolerance of or aggressiveness toward the animal or express unreasonable expectations of the animal.
4. Potential adopters must be at least 18 years of age and provide a valid form of government issued photo identification or two other pieces of valid government issued identification before being allowed to adopt an animal. 5. Dogs and cats will not be subjected to unnecessary cosmetic surgery including, but not limited to, declawing, tail-docking, ear-cropping. 6. Responsible pet ownership includes proper adult supervision of children when with animals. WRHS may discourage or refuse the adoption of certain animals to families with young children if adult supervision and mentoring appears not to be a priority. 7. Large breed dogs may require "house checks" to ensure adequate yard space, fencing, etc. 8. If the potential home is an apartment or condo, a copy of the lease, rental or condo policies/agreement to show that pets are permitted will be required. 9. All adult household members, related or unrelated, must be informed and must consent to the adoption of a companion animal from the WRHS. 10. WRHS reserves the right to refuse the adoption of animals deemed not behaviorally or medically appropriate to be placed in certain homes. 11. The WRHS adheres to municipal bylaws for running at large and believes most animals, for their general health and safety, should be kept indoors. The Wild Rose Humane Society does not adopt animals that will be kept solely outdoors but does recognize that some cats are more suitable for Barn / Shop living arrangements and will be selected based on their suitability. 12. Final approval of an adoption is at the sole discretion of the WRHS. 13. WRHS adopts animals in good faith with adopters understanding we cannot guarantee health or temperament; therefore any refund request for adoption will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
B. ADOPTION PROCESS If you find an animal you are interested in adopting, please complete an Adoption Application. Our staff will review your application and get back to you within three business days regarding any questions or concerns we may have. Once your application is approved and you have met your new forever-friend you will be asked to sign an adoption contract.
Each adopted dog or cat at the WRHS:
is spayed/neutered (age appropriate)
is microchipped and/or has a tattoo
C. ADOPTION FEES Adoption Fees shall be applied as per the Fee Schedule attached to and forming part of the Policy as Appendix A and shall be subject to change as determined from time to time by the WRHS Board of Directors.
D. TO MEET AN ANIMAL IN FOSTER CARE All interested adopters must complete our Adoption Application Form prior to arranging a meeting. Facilitating a meeting for every interested person in a foster home, or requesting our volunteer fosters to transport a rescue to the shelter for a meeting, is only reasonable when a potential adopter is pre-approved.
E. BARN CAT PROGRAM The WRHS recognizes that not all cats are suitable for a home environment and will, under special circumstances, adopt cats to individuals wishing to provide these special cats with an opportunity to live in a rural, farm or shop type setting with the following requirements:
Cats adopted to live in a rural, barn or shop type setting must have access to food, shelter, water, regular vet care, love and attention;
Barns or warehouses must be heated or well insulated and these cats must not be expected to fend for themselves. We recommend that 2 cats be adopted together so they have a companion in the outdoor environment;
The adopter will be the registered owner and must take full responsibility for the cat(s). If the adopter leaves the place where the cat(s) is living, he/she must make arrangements for the cat(s). Suitable arrangements include taking the cat with him/her or finding another caregiver to accept responsibility for the ongoing care and welfare of the cat(s) and transfer of ownership; In the case of a business, WRHS will ensure the landlord of the premises as well as the manager of the business agrees of the plan to have cats on the premises; Barn cats will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated & de-wormed prior to leaving the WRHS.
F. PATIENT PAWS PROGRAM The WRHS recognizes that, whether it’s due to looks, size, age or personality, some dogs and cats remain in the shelter/foster program longer than others. For dogs and cats available under the Patient Paws Program, an approved adopter has the option of choosing the adoption fee by way of a donation. Patient Paws animals will be identified on the website as “I am a Patient Paws dog/cat” at the end of their biography.
July 17, 2020
The Wild Rose Humane Society #13 Co-op Road Didsbury, Alberta T0M 0W0