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Adoption Services

Check out our Adoptable Pets:

How to Adopt

 

Please see the animals listed in the PetFinder box at the top of this page to see all the pets we have available for adoption. We do require an adoption application before scheduling your meet and greet appointment, so that we can assign a staff member to your meet and greet to give you and your potential new family member our undivided attention.

Every time you choose to adopt an animal in need, you are a saving a life!

If you see a dog or cat that you are interested in, please fill out the adoption application and return to us.

Click this link for the adoption application:  Adoption Application Form

Adoption fees will vary depending on the age, breed and other characteristics of each pet, including whether or not he/she has been spayed or neutered. Please call or see specific PetFinder profiles for individual fees for each animal. Read details about the adoption special we currently have running here.

Thank you very much for your interest in adopting, and we look forward to helping you complete your family!

 

Adoption Process

Fill out the application completely

  • List every person 18 years and older that resides within the house, even if temporarily living there.
    If you do not own the home, the homeowner or landlord must provide written permission to add the pet to the residence.
  • To speed our screening process, please include all veterinary contact information, personal references and information on ALL adult members of the home.
  • Failure to provide all information will result in a delay in processing your application, as we will need to contact you for missing information before processing can be complete.

Our veterinary reference check

  • Vet references must be listed for any animal that has been owned within the last five years.
  • All current pets must be spayed/neutered, unless there is a documented medical reason the alteration could not be performed.
  • We call your vet to confirm that the animals you own currently or have owned in the past have gotten attentive, regular vet care while under your ownership.

Dog-specific information

  • Dog adoptions require a fenced backyard, with a minimum height of four feet. (Requirements may vary by breed.)  We make exceptions for dogs suited to apartment living without a backyard only in rare circumstances.
  • We do not adopt into homes using invisible fences as the sole means of containment, with no exceptions.
  • Fences must be designed to reasonably contain a dog and keep unwanted intruders or predators from coming in.
  • All current dogs must be up to date on all vaccinations (rabies vaccines are required by law), be negative for heartworm, and taking a heartworm preventative.
  • All currently owned dogs must have an up to date dog license from the city/county of residence.

Cat-specific information

  • Existing cats in the home must be negative for Feline Aids and Feline Leukemia.
  • Existing cats must be up to date on rabies vaccinations (required by law) and distemper vaccination.
  • Declawing of cats is STRICTLY forbidden.
  • We do not adopt indoor/outdoor cats.  Our cats are indoor only except in rare circumstances when we have barn cats looking for homes.

Once we receive your application, please be patient with us as we process it.  We are a small and growing rescue, and we work as quickly as we can with a small but dedicated staff.
After we have run the initial background on your application, we will call you for your phone interview so that we can get to know you, you can ask any questions at all about our process or the animal you’ve applied for, and we can explain our adoption requirements and home visit process.

Your meet and greet appointment

  • Meet and greet appointments will be scheduled at our shelter (or at the foster home if the pet is under the care of a foster family) as soon as possible.
  • We ask that, whenever possible, ALL members of the household attend the meet and greet appointment.
  • Your meet and greet is your opportunity to discover if one of our animals is a perfect fit and ready to become your new forever family member.  Please ask all the questions you have about temperament, health history, behavior around other animals, and any other questions you may have.
  • After your meet and greet, we ask that you take 24 hours to consider the decision, as a family, and that everyone agrees with the adoption decision.  After you have taken time to think about it, contact us to let us know you want to go forward.
  • If you own a dog, and wish to adopt a second, we will facilitate a proper introduction at our facility.  If your current dog has anxiety or temperament issues, please let us know ahead of time so we can tailor our introduction to his/her specific needs.

The home visit process

  • We will schedule the home visit as soon as possible according to staff availability and your own schedule.  In some cases, the home visit may be scheduled before your meet and greet with your new family member; in other cases, it may be scheduled after.
  • During the home check is when we will inspect your fence (in the case of dog adoptions) to be sure it is safe, secure, and suitable for the animal you’ve chosen.   The home check is also when we make sure your home is safe and suitable for adding a new family member. If you have any questions about what we look for during a home visit, please don’t hesitate to ask us!
  • As long as everything goes well during the home check, the remaining step is the finalization of the adoption. Depending on the circumstance, the adoption may occur at your home, when we bring the animal to you for a home visit. There, we will go through the doggy introduction process again to be sure all animals will get along well on their home turf.  We will also provide you with transition tips, advice, and transitional materials to make the transition as easy as it can be for your new family member.
  • In other circumstances, the finalization of the adoption may occur at our shelter, where you will pick up your new family member to take home with you. In that case, we would sign the adoption contract and collect the adoption fee before you leave with your new family member, and we would provide you with all transitional materials before you leave as well. Whether the process will be finalized with a second home visit or with you picking up your new pet will vary depending on your individual circumstance.
  • The adoption will be finalized if we have determined that your home and family will provide a good, loving, lifetime placement for all people and pets concerned.  Then we enter into our adoption contract, collect the adoption fee, and provide all the vet records for your new forever family member.
  • We will bring along a copy of the adoption contract to be entered into on adoption day, but you are welcome to review it in advance.  Please follow this link to review our adoption contract.

Follow-ups

  • Adopters agree to take their new family member to their vet within the first 30 days of ownership.  Adopters agree to provide records/notes of that first vet visit to the Stafford SPCA.
  • If not already altered, any animals adopted from the Stafford SPCA must be spayed/neutered within 30 days or by six months of age.
  • Adopters agree to take their new dog to obedience training with a licensed trainer or training class.  Adopters should sign up for class within the first 30 days of ownership, as long as the animal is old enough.  Adopters agree to provide the dog’s completion certificate from training to the Stafford SPCA within six months of ownership.

Everything we do, we do because we are looking for FOREVER homes and FOREVER families!  

Our animals deserve it!

Thank you so much for choosing an animal rescue organization!

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Have you lost a pet?
Did you find an animal you think might belong to someone else?

If so, please click the button above to go to our Lost & Found Services page, where we explain in detail the process and what actions you can take to get your pet home safely as soon as possible.

Please click on the button above to help us take some items off of our “Wishlist” by donating the items to the Staford SPCA.

Our Mission...

We are committed to caring for animals in need, educating the community, and raising awareness of the importance of putting a stop to animal cruelty and abandonment.

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Friends, this is about to be a bit of a rant. You have been warned.

This is our newest resident, Lola. Poor Lola can't catch a break. She was born as part of an unwanted litter that was surrendered to an animal shelter. That shelter transferred her to another shelter, where she was adopted at 7 weeks old. Unfortunately, the family that adopted her intended her to be a present for a young teenage child, who lost interest in her and left her virtually neglected. Lola became unwanted merely because she was seeking attention, which led her to being surrendered to our care.

If there is a lesson to be learned from this, it is for people to STOP getting animals for children that they are not willing to make part of a family commitment. Especially in the fall, we get many calls to take in animals because a teenager is going to college and the parents don't want their animal. Then there are the situations like Lola's. Pets are not toys to be disregarded when a child loses interest or grows out of them. Make a lifelong commitment as a family or don't get a pet.

Ok, stepping off of the soapbox. Let's find Lola a home.

At 11 month old, Lola is confused and sad because she doesn't understand her predicament. She is sweet and playful. Lola has lived with small children and with another dog. She needs a bit of training but she is smart and eager to please.

Please give this girl another chance at a happy life. She has had too much disappointment already for her young age.
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Oh, Acorn.
We’d love to take better pictures of this sweet boy, but he’s much more interested in sitting on our laps and getting pet instead. Based on his habit of running up to us every time we walk in the room, we’re fairly sure he’s part dog.

If you’re looking for a companion who makes you feel loved and important, we can’t think of a better friend than Acorn. Don’t let his age fool you, this 10-year-old goober clearly has the heart of a kitten. Don’t like his name? Other appropriate choices could be Snuggles, Purrs, PetMePlease, Lap Warmer, or even Sir Licks A Lot.

Acorn isn’t picky, he likes other cats almost as much as he likes people. We’re guessing he probably likes dogs as well, since he tends to act like one. Acorn deserves a person to call his own because this boy has entirely too much love to spend his life without a best friend.

Not ready to commit to this sweet boy but still want to show him a little love? Please visit his amazon wishlist to send him a treat!

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HUGE thanks to our volunteer Kelly Hale for her amazing donation today!
She's been volunteering with us for about 8 months now, and she made the generous decision to ask for presents for our shelter animals, instead of herself, for her birthday last month. Even more, she matched each donation that she received from her friends and family with gifts of her own for our shelter pets.
Our critters definitely scored today with all kinds of awesome toys and supplies.
We wouldn't be able to do what we do without volunteers like you, Kelly. Trucker gave Kelly many of his wonderful hugs to say thank you for her generosity and service!
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Serious talk time, folks. We need help for Billie Jane. Our longest shelter resident, Billie has been with us for nearly three years. Billie is an amazing little dog, super affectionate, very playful and smart as a whip. Billie is well-loved by our staff, is walked six times a day and is treated to outside playtime in a kiddie pool, which might be her absolute favorite treat. She has a large room of her own where she spends time lounging on her couch or playing with her collection of balls. Sounds like a pretty good life, we know. But Billie needs more. She’s a mixed-breed working dog and is bored out of her mind. She needs a job, she needs more activity and a way to burn off her energy. We have the land to build an agility course, but lack the equipment. We’ve included a link to her Amazon wish list, and any donations would be potentially life changing for this girl. Although we’re a no-kill shelter and have committed to caring for Billie for as long as she needs us, what we really want is to find a home for her.

Billie is a people dog for sure. What she is not is an animal dog. Our greatest challenge in rehoming her has been her need to be the only pet in a home. If given a home of her own we know that Billie would be an exceptionally loyal, loving and entertaining companion. Especially for someone who is active and understanding of her issues with other animals. We have no doubt there is a perfect home out there, and we’re asking for help in finding it for her. Please share this post with your friends, spread the word and be part of helping this sweet, crazy little dog find the best friend she deserves.

Billie is spayed, utd on all shots and preventatives, has recently recovered from acl surgery, will not ever run out of kisses, is housebroken, crate trained, and is 100% lovable.

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It’s a busy month for animal awareness. In addition to Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, October is also National Animal Safety and Prevention Month; a month dedicated to promoting the safe practices of handling and caring for both domestic and wild animals.

Halloween is creeping up on us, and it’s never too soon to start thinking about how to keep your pets safe during the holiday season!
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