How to Fill Out the Adoption Application

Oct 23, 2018     |      Sophie's Circle

Our adoption application is rather lengthy, which may seem a little off-putting at first. However, we feel that it’s very important to find a good match between our pets and new pet parents. Therefore, we ask a lot of questions to get to know you, your family, and your current living situation. We also want to know more about the pets you already have and the plans you have for the pet you want to adopt. Here we’ll explain each of the parts on the application in a little more detail.

Your Contact Information

The first part is fairly simple. We need your contact information to make sure we have a good way to reach you. We’re looking for responsible pet owners who are over the age of 21 and financially stable enough to support themselves.

Do You Own or Rent?

You don’t have to be a homeowner to adopt a pet through Sophie’s Circle. However, it’s important to verify that you’re allowed to have a dog as a pet. Far too many pet owners end up having to give up their pet because their landlord won’t allow it on their premises. We take our responsibility to place our dogs seriously. Therefore, we verify you have permission to keep your pet at your current residence.

Many landlords also place restrictions on pet ownership. For example, they may only allow their residents to have one dog that weighs less than 20 lbs. In that case, you would be limited in which type of breeds you can adopt. Some breeds may also be outright forbidden as per your lease agreement, too.

Personal References

At Sophie’s Circle, we have the animals’ best interest at heart. We’re trying to find forever homes for all of our dogs. To make sure that every pet ends up in good hands, we do diligence on everyone trying to adopt a pet. To that end, we ask that you provide us with three different references we can call to ask about you.

Your Occupation

Having an animal will require you to spend time with them. If your current occupation keeps you away from home for most of the day but the animal you’re adopting needs constant companionship, the two of you may not be a good match.

Your Human Family

Before adopting a pet, it’s important to consider the type of family it will be living with. We want to the ages of children who are living with you – if any. If you have kids visiting often, it’s also a good idea to think about them before adopting a new pet. Every family – just like every dog – is different. We want to know what you and your family like to do every day. Are you fairly active or more sedentary? The answers to these questions help us match you up with the dog that’s right for you.

Your Pets

If you already have pets, it’s important to take them into consideration before adopting a new one. Some cats and dogs don’t get along with each other, and some cats and dogs don’t like any other pets around. To keep the peace, it’s a good idea to find a dog that will get along with the pets you already have. Don’t forget to mention other animals as well, because some dogs might have unfavorable reactions to smaller pets like guinea pigs.

Plans for Your New Pet

The last part of the application talks about your plans for the new pet. Do you have an outdoor space for the cat or dog? Will you put them in a crate? How often will you be away from home, leaving the pet to entertain themselves?

There aren’t really any wrong answers to these questions. It’s fine to put your dog on a leash and go to work. But we want to make sure that you make allowances for your pet. For example, if you like to go on vacation, we need to know what you will do with your pet in the meantime.

What’s Really Important?

The adoption application is rather long, but it’s very important that you fill it out in its entirety. You may want to collect all relevant information before you begin. For example, we need to know the name and phone number of your current veterinarian.

Sophie’s Circle is a not-for-profit organization. We don’t have regular opening hours, because every dog is fostered privately. Once you apply, we’ll go over your application. As soon as everything checks out, we will connect with you to start the adoption process.