Adoption Process

Application
You apply to adopt a dog by completing the application online. The Adoption Team reviews your application and determines if you are a good match for the dog.


Selection
Your application is selected as a match and you are notified by the Adoption Team. You will be asked to complete some follow up questions and then you will be put in contact with the foster for a discussion about the dog. If the discussion goes well and
the applicant and foster feels comfortable with the match a meet and greet will be scheduled. Your whole family, human and canine members alike, should be present at the meet and greet.


Reference Checks and Virtual Home Visit
If the foster dog, foster family, and your family are pleased with the match after the meet and greet and you wish to proceed with the adoption, the Adoption Team will contact references and arrange for a virtual home visit of your home. Please inform
your vet that a volunteer from the rescue will be calling to speak with them. Our virtual home visits take place via Facebook Messenger using the video call feature. Please provide information regarding your Facebook profile name and picture so we
can easily connect for the home visit.


You’re Approved!
A member of the Adoption Team will schedule a telephone interview with you to discuss the rescue dog, what to expect in the transition period, and any relevant information pertaining to the dog’s medical history and ongoing care.


Contract and E-transfer
The Adoption Team will also prepare and email the adoption agreement. You are expected to review, sign, and return the agreement within 24 hours and send the adoption fee via e-transfer. If you are adopting a puppy who is yet to be sterilized or
an adult dog who has an outstanding medical procedure you will also receive an addendum. This document outlines the medical procedure that is to be done and when it is scheduled. You are encouraged to keep a copy of the Adoption Agreement and reach out to It Takes A Village if you have any questions going forward.

Coming Home
The Adoption Team will verify that the signed agreement and fee has been received and will inform the foster family that the adoption is finalized. At that point you are ready to make arrangements with the foster family for your new family member to
come home!


Post Adoption
The dog’s medical records and papers (if available) will be provided shortly after the time of adoption via email. We will also release the medical record at the vet clinic so you can have it transferred to your vet clinic of choice. New adopters must have their
dog examined by their vet within two weeks of adoption. In the event of a pre-existing condition, It Takes A Village will cover medical treatment with our vet up to a certain amount. Any issues not detected in the first two weeks are deemed to be new and It Takes A Village holds no liability. A member of our team will contact you periodically throughout the first year of adoption to check on your family​

Ready to adopt a dog?