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How Adoption Works

The first step in adoption is to complete an adoption application. Once you have completed an application, we will call you to talk about a specific dog or cat about whom you’ve expressed interest.

You can either submit an application online or mail an application to us (find one to download and print here, send it to the address on the application). Alternatively, you can pick one up at a mobile adoption site, complete, and turn it in there.

After you’ve been approved, we arrange for you to meet the dog or cat, either at an adoption event or in a one-on-one introduction. If you are interested in adopting a dog, we will ask that all members of the household, including any resident dogs, meet your prospective dog. Often, you can go home with your new companion the same day, though for some dogs—small puppies and special-needs animals—we will schedule a home visit before finalizing the adoption. Or, you may foster an animal with the intent to adopt to ensure a good fit for both of you.

We ask for donations to help us cover spay/neutering, shots, medical treatment, food, and supplies. The minimum donation to adopt a cat or kitten is $150, and two kittens are $250. All puppies are $375 (dogs six months of age and younger) – certain breeds may be at the discretion of Hopalong, $275 for a dog over 6 months of age except adult chihuahuas which are $150. The adoption donation for our senior dogs is $150; however, if you qualify for our “senior for seniors” program (senior dogs over 7 years of age and senior people over the age of 70 yrs) the adoption donation is $100. All of our adoptable animals are spayed/neutered, microchipped and have received age-appropriate vaccinations.

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