Thank you for your interest in adopting an AWF pet. The information on this page is presented so that you have a clear understanding of our adoption process and our philosophy behind it. It is also intended to help you come face-to-face with the reality of owning a dog. We all understand the emotional appeal of a sweet, furry face. However, having handled over 1500 pet adoptions since March 2003, we have learned firsthand that while many people like the idea of owning a pet, not everyone likes—and is willing to accommodate—the reality of having a pet in their life and home 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you agree to follow the process to the best of your ability and in a cooperative manner, please type in your name at the end of this form—this will carry the same weight as a signature.
Soul searching… Ask yourself these questions:
- Are you prepared for the financial reality of owning a dog? The average cost of having a dog the first year is $374-$658 depending on the size of the dog. These figures include food, veterinary care and medication such as heartworm pills. Are you willing and able to assume this responsibility?
- Do you realize that even though kids make big promises and are very compelling salespeople, they are not going to be responsible for the daily care of the pet? Are you willing to walk, feed, play with and provide attention for your dog on a daily basis when your children fail to do so?
- Do you realize that pets have the mental ability of a four-year-old? Are you prepared to care for this furry toddler for the rest of his/her life, which could be 10 years, 12 years, or even longer?