Annie's Rescue

Helping pets and people is our goal


Adoption Process

We are committed to placing pets into homes where they will be enjoyed and loved for their lifetime. We want our fosters and the people who adopt them to be happy and comfortable with each other. Our adoption process is in place to ensure that we make good matches and, though it can be difficult for us to choose one home over another or decline an adoption application, we do so with the best interest of our foster pets AND YOU in mind. You will always be told if we have a concern with your application or any other part of the process. We believe in honesty and education, so you will know if there is a problem. We hope you will understand the choices we make. Most denied applications have more to do with the pet not being suited to the particular environment and not with any other issues. It is important to be honest and realistic, so that you won't end up with a bad match that makes you and the pet unhappy.

We prefer to be contacted with questions through email (rather than by phone), that way details and answers will be in writing for you to look over again as needed. It can be very exciting to bring a new pet into the home and sometimes the excitement makes it hard to remember details from a phone call in order to also make a very important decision. Many people fall in love with a picture and, even when I tell them details that are important to the situation, are so determined for this to be their match, they wave away any concerns and just want to get to snuggling their new buddy. I have learned to see the signs that someone is not hearing the possible negative issues and if we don't seem to be communicating well with each other, I may ask you to work with another rescue. This is not a personal issue, just a communication issue. However, having ignored this type of interaction in the past in order to give kitties a chance at happiness, only for them to be returned because the issues were not considered properly in the first place, I will not knowingly put our fosters through that anymore. It is so stressful on them to be juggled around!

After determining that the foster pet may be a good match for you, we will schedule a meeting. You are still not under any obligation to adopt until you have met the pet and feel that they are the one for you. We hold adoption days at Petco in Redding and it may work out for you to come see the pet there or we can work out a one on one visit. Our cats can be adopted directly from our adoption days. If you are looking to adopt a dog, we require a home visit to make sure the yard is secure and the environment will work for that dog, taking our cue by how comfortable the dog seems while there. We feel that the foster dogs pick their homes. When a foster is fairly calm in your home and happy to meet you, we feel like that is the home for them. If you feel the same way, then a great match has been made. You may expect to be able to keep your new pet starting immediately. If you need time to consider, you will be given time.

We do not have a public shelter for you to visit, so Petco or home visits are the ways that you may meet our fosters.

We take responsibility for these pets for a lifetime. If, for any reason, an unforeseeable event should make it necessary to return a pet, we take them back into our rescue. We are a small rescue. Imagine if we didn’t take great care in selecting homes. We must do our best to ensure that our pets stay in their homes and are cared for. For example, if a dog was returned years later and we find they have not received Heartworm prevention while in the home, we would need to pay for heartworm treatment that would take a lot of resources that could be used for saving other pets from euthanasia. Even worse, we would hate to find out one of our previous fosters had passed away due to negligence. We are in this to save pets from bad situations and give them the opportunity to live in a loving family of their own. We love these pets in our own home. We provide the very best Veterinary care and preventative medicine. We expect an adoptive home to do the same.

We also charge an adoption donation. We cannot save other pets if we cannot pay our medical bills or buy food, etc. We rely on donations to function. We put more money into your future pet than you will pay in an adoption fee 99% of the time. We do not pass along costs we incurred caring for the pet, to the adopter. Most of the medical care, food, cat litter, toys, blankets, etc are donated by others. Your job is just to love and care for your new pet. Having said that, we don't believe in free adoptions. Most dog adoption fees will be between $75 and $150. Cat adoption fees are between $20 and $60.

If you have gotten this far, it is fair to assume that you understand our intention is to find great homes for our great pets. If our process is not for you, please check with other rescues, as we all have different rules we go by. By all means, if you want a pet right away and don’t want to go through an adoption process, please go to a local shelter and adopt a pet that might not make it out if not for you.

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How Do You Let Them Go?

I am asked the same question when people hear that I foster animals. First they say, “That’s so great that you can do this” and then they say, “but I could never do it. I would get too attached. How do you let them go?” The answer is simple and it is complicated. The truth is, I don’t have a secret for not getting attached. I don’t know of a way to make it easy. I do become attached. It takes me very little time to become attached. The first time I look into their eyes and I know that I am responsible for the life that they will have, I am attached. They are a part of me. It does hurt to let them go, but that pain is tempered by the fact that, I cannot keep them all and to help more, I HAVE to let them go.

It is as simple as that day you say to yourself, “I can foster and let them go because it is for the best and it will help so many.” Instead of telling yourself, “I can’t do that because it will hurt me too much.”

It is as complicated as that also. The changing what you tell yourself.

For years I wanted to foster pets. I made excuses for not doing it “right now”. I don’t have time. I don’t know how to start. I have pets of my own. But, fostering choose me and I ran out of excuses. It’s not meant to be easy. It’s meant to be helpful and good. It’s meant to save lives and rehabilitate mistreated pets. It is hard, but it is necessary.

Should I have done it sooner? Maybe not. Maybe I gave the excuses until I was done and accepted fostering when Annie dug into my yard because I was ready. (See Annie’s Story) I didn’t have to foster her. Or, I could have stopped when I found her a home. But, I did foster Annie and I did go on to foster more dogs after Annie. Why? Because as much as it hurts to let them go, it felt amazing to know that I contributed to making her life better. And I can do it again and again.

I’ve seen some posts where people feel bullied about NOT fostering. I don’t think it is something you should be pushed into. You need to be ready to say to yourself, “this is not my dog, but I will love this dog like it is mine and then I will find him a home of his own.” You need to be able to be strong and resolved to do this thing called fostering. It isn’t an easy thing. Sometimes there are hard decisions. But, if you are to the point where you think you might be giving yourself excuses when fostering is something that you truly want to do, try it once. With one pet. And if the worste thing that happens, is that you keep that one pet, oh well. That pet has a home. But, if you find that in the giving up, you gain something. Keep doing it.

I read a post once that compared fostering pets to raising children. You know one day that they will grow up and leave home. Have their own lives. And maybe when they do it hurts. But, knowing this, you have children anyway. You raise them and they move off and find their own lives. It is a bit of a different thing. Hopefully your children come home and visit from time to time 🙂 But, you know you are doing something worthwhile and that gives you a great sense of fulfillment.

That is fostering to me. I can’t keep them all. I won’t be able to save them all. But, I can make the difference in the lives of many. A big difference. And that is how I let them go.

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