Thank you for your interest in one of our
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and
the head of a household.
Please read below before
you begin then if you agree click on the button
at the end of this page.
About Our Online Application
Our system is
based on a valid email address. If
you don't have an email address provide one
from someone you know who will keep you
informed of email from Lake Haven Rescue.
This application is
intended for those ready to commit to
adopting a particular pet; OR
who would like to make an appointment to
MEET a pet
when it is not possible during our pet store
adoption days events.
Based upon how
many pets we have and the number of
application to be processed it may take a
week to 10 days to process your application.
However, you will be contacted if your
application is Approved or Not Approved.
usually get multiple applications for the same pet
and we review each
application and try to match the
best home with the pet's specific
needs. If you are approved to
adopt from Lake Haven AND the pet you want has already been
adopted, we may suggest other pets we feel
would be a good fit.
Veterinary Release of Information
application asks you to provide veterinarian
provide a good vet reference information
will get priority handling of their
Before filling out an application, we ask that
you contact your current or most recent
veterinarian and request a "release of
information" to Lake Haven.
Doing so authorizes your vet to talk to us.
We are unable to process applications without
speaking to your current or most recent vet.
If you are applying for your first pet and
have no vet contact information, please indicate
so on the application in the "Final Comments"
field at the end of the application form.
Please Consider the following before you adopt.
Is it the right time to adopt?
Adopting a pet is a big commitment and one that
should not be entered into lightly. Cats and
dogs generally live 12-15 years... some longer.
Please make sure you are ready to make the
commitment for the pet's entire lifetime and
make sure it is the right time in your life for
a pet. Ask yourself some of the following
Have you done your homework?
Do you know what type of pet would best suit
your lifestyle? Have you read about things like
about housebreaking, training, letter boxes,
behavioral problems? Are you aware of the daily
care of this type of pet? Can you see yourself
owning a dog for the next 12-15 years? Most cats
& dogs live 12-15 years... are you prepared to
make this kind of commitment?
Can you afford a new pet?
The cost of a pet goes way behind the adoption
fee. There are veterinarian bills, food, litter,
grooming, etc. Typical vet bills will run
several hundred dollars a year for exams,
vaccinations and flea control. If you go on
vacation and can't take your pet with you, you
will need to consider the cost of boarding or
pet sitting generally around $20-30/day.
Additionally if your new pet gets sick suddenly
or needs some emergency care it could cost
hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Do you have any major changes in your life
occurring now or anticipated in the near future?
Are you in the midst of moving, getting married,
going through a divorce, going off to college,
getting ready to have a baby, changing jobs? If
so then it probably is not a good time to adopt.
Wait until your life is more settled and you
have the time to devote to a new family member.
Can you live with damage to your furniture,
Can you live with a little damage to furniture
and floors until your new pet becomes accustomed
to your home? Will you take accidents, even flea
infestations, in stride? Even housebroken and
letter box trained pets can have accidents. Be
prepared to cleanup a little vomit, pee or
poo... its part of owning a pet.
Do you travel a lot?
What will you do with your pet when you travel?
Boarding and pet sitting can be very expensive.
And if you travel extensively how happy will
your pet be alone?
Do you have children?
If your children are under the age of 6, experts
recommend that you wait a few years to adopt.
Puppies and kittens have extra-sharp teeth and
claws and strike back when teased. Smaller dogs
and kittens may be too delicate for an exuberant
toddler; large dogs can knock a child over and
adult cats can hiss or bite.
Do you have the time to devote to a new pet?
Do you work long hours? Will you have the time
and patience to train the dog or spend with a
cat? Are you prepared to give the pet its needed
exercise? Do you have quality time to spend with
a new pet?
Do you already have pets?
If you already have animals, have you checked to
ensure that adding another animal will not
violate your city limits or be in violation of
any regulations of where you live? Are you sure
your current pets will tolerate a new pet in the
home? Have you considered the well-being of your
current pets as your first priority?
Do you rent?
Have you checked with your landlord to see if
they allow pets? Does your rental or lease
agreement specify that pets are allowed? Do you
have to make a pet deposit? Have you anticipated
what you might do if you have to move? Are you
willing to pay more for a place to rent to
ensure that you can take your pet with you?
Does everyone in your home want to adopt a pet?
A cat or dog needs to be a family member and
everyone needs to welcome him/her into your
home. Be sure everyone agrees not only on
getting a pet but on which pet to make part of
the family. Let everyone in the family meet your
new potential family member before deciding to
Please be sure you are ready to adopt
before making the plunge. The shelters are full
of animals that were purchased or adopted by
someone who did not think it all the way through
and as a result didn't follow through on their
commitment. Adopting a pet on impulse is not the
way to go - make sure you can make that lifetime
commitment to your new pet.
If you agree that adoption is
a long-term commitment as defined above then click
on the button below to continue.