Adoption
process

LCAS has a five step adoption process

 

Step 1. Online application

Since most of our animals are fostered in our volunteer foster homes, only approved adopters are invited to meet the dogs or cats. Please complete the online Lost Cove Animal Sanctuary application, which asks that you provide us with pet history, vet info, housing info, references, and other info. Please note that it is mandatory that your existing pets are both up-to-date on their vaccinations, heartworm tests/prevention, and spayed/neutered (unless there is a medical reason or you are showing your dog in conformation–both will require proof).

** PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THERE IS USUALLY A WAITING LIST OF PRE-APPROVED APPLICANTS. THESE APPLICANTS ARE CONSIDERED FIRST WHEN NEW DOGS ENTER OUR PROGRAM, SO IF YOU ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN ONE DOG, IT MIGHT NOT NECESSARILY BE AVAILABLE WHEN YOU COMPLETE THE APPLICATION.  BUT THERE IS NEVER A SHORTAGE OF NEW DOGS ENTERING THE PROGRAM.**

We do not adopt animals out as gifts for many reasons. You could possibly offer the surprise of adopting, but it is best everyone is together to choose the new family companion.

Step 2. Landlord/vet check

On your application, please provide the number for your landlord/association to confirm you are allowed to have a dog/cat in your home. Some places have breed or size restrictions, so we need to ensure the animal you are interested in is not prohibited where you live.

**Please also provide ALL vet office numbers to be able to verify spay/neuter, vaccinations, heartworm, and other basic/routine vetting. Any missing info from the vet will delay your application, so please make this step easy for our volunteers who are processing the application.

Step 3. Home visit

Home visits are case-by-case based on the dog you choose.
 

Step 4. Meeting the available animals

Once your application has been approved, you will be connected to the foster home(s) to meet the animal(s) you are interested in. Please note that the majority of our animals are fostered in homes and kennels in parts of IL, NC and TN, so we do not have one central facility to conveniently visit. Please carefully read the bios of all available animals and consider who will be the best fit for your home. Adopters are expected to travel to meet the animals, and the entire family should be present to meet a prospective pet. Please DO NOT bring your existing animals with you. Instead, the new pet will be slowly blended into the existing home over several days until the novelty wears off. A stressful  meeting is usually not a good first impression, so we prefer the “in-home slow intro” behind barriers for the best success.

Please email:

Lostcoveas@gmail.com if there are any questions about any of the animals we currently have.

 

Step 5. Adoption contract and fee

Finally, to complete the official adoption, an adoption fee will be paid and you will receive a copy of your signed adoption contract with all the dog’s medical information on it.

 

This adoption fee serves to reimburse Lost Cove Animal Sanctuary for the medical costs invested in your new pet.  All checks should be made payable to Lost Cove Animal Sanctuary.

If you return the animal within the 2-week trial period, your adoption fee will be returned or applied toward another adoption.

(Since we are a not-for-profit group, this fee simply is deposited into our pool of funds to help the next animal in need of our assistance.)

**Please note: There is a $35 fee for insufficient funds/returned checks.**

Puppy spay/neuter: When adopting a puppy, they may or may not be spayed/neutered at that time.  If they are still intact, we will follow up to schedule the surgery.  You will be required to drop off your puppy at the veterinary clinic; however, you will not be responsible for the cost of the surgery if done at an LCAS approved vet. If you choose to use a non-approved vet, a pre-determined amount will be reimbursed back to you.

**Please Note: the pre-determined amount may not cover the full cost of surgery should you choose to use a non-approved vet.**

 

LCAS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DENY THE ADOPTION OF ANY ANIMAL TO AN APPLICANT FOR ANY REASON, IN THE SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE DISCRETION OF LCAS.

“When we adopt a dog or any pet, we know it is going to end with us having to say goodbye, but we still do it. And we do it for a very good reason:

 

They bring so much joy and optimism and happiness. They attack every moment of every day with that attitude.”                                                                                     

W. Bruce Cameron

 
When we adopt a dog or any pet, we know it is going to end with us having to say goodbye, but we still do it. And we do it for a very good reason: They bring so much joy and optimism and happiness. They attack every moment of every day with that attitude. W. Bruce Cameron
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When we adopt a dog or any pet, we know it is going to end with us having to say goodbye, but we still do it. And we do it for a very good reason: They bring so much joy and optimism and happiness. They attack every moment of every day with that attitude. W. Bruce Cameron
Read more at https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/w_bruce_cameron_734991