Adopting

Do you have a shelter where I can come adopt an animal?

  • No.  We are a foster based rescue which means we do not have a physical location.  Our foster pets live in homes with volunteer foster families.

Where can I adopt an animal?

  • We have multiple retail partners that help us find adoptive homes for our foster animals.  Cats and kittens can be found at Fridley Petco, Coon Rapids Petsmart, Maple Grove Petsmart, Monticello Petsmart, Coon Rapids Chuck & Don’s and Elk River Chuck & Don’s stores every day of the week.  Our puppies and dogs attend adoption day events and foster parents will schedule appointments to meet you with the dog to see if they are a good fit for your family.

What are your adoption fees?  

  • Our adoption fees vary per animal but usually they are:

Adoption fee cat/kittens changes effective 4/19/17

Cats:

  • Under 9 months - $185
  • 9 months - 2 years - $175
  • 2 yrs - 5 years   $165
  • 5+ yrs - $145

Specialty breeds (Siamese, Ragdoll, Main Coon, Manx etc)

  • Under 1 year - $275
  • 1 year and older - $250

Dogs:

  • puppies $400 - $500
  • dogs $150 - $300 depending on age, breed

What comes with the adoption fee:

  • All animals are spayed/neutered and are up-to-date on vaccinations based on the age of the animal.  All animals are de-wormed.  Cats will be tested for feline leukemia.  Dogs are micro-chipped. Note:  Additional vaccinations may be necessary after adoption to complete a series.  These are the responsibility of the adopter. 

What vaccines do you give to the animals? 

  • All cats and kittens receive the distemper vaccine which covers distemper and three of the common upper respiratory viruses for felines.  Dogs receive the distemper vaccine which also covers hepatitis, parvo and parainfluenza. Bordetella vaccines are given to dogs on a case by case need.  Cat and dogs over 16 weeks generally have a rabies vaccine prior to adoption.
  • We encourage you to share the health record you were given at adoption with your vet.  They will let you know when they recommend you visit them for future care.

How does the adoption process work?

  • For cats and kittens housed at our adoption centers, the retail staff is able to help you with any questions on the animal. They will provide our contact information if more information is needed.  You will complete an application and receive a copy of the Health History for your adoptive animal.
  • For dogs and puppies, you will meet the animal with one of our volunteers.  We will try to help you determine if this is the right dog for your home and family.
  • Fill out an adoption application.
  • We'll have a brief conversation with you to determine your needs and preferences. Then find out about your daily schedule, and talk about your previous experience with pets.
  • If applicable, we'll call your veterinarian to ensure that previous pets have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and well cared for.
  • For renters, we'll check with your landlord to ensure that animals are permitted.

How do I pay the adoption fee?

  • We accept cash, check or charge.  There will be a $25 fee for returned checks.

Can an Angel of Hope animal be adopted out of state?

  • We do not adopt animals out of state.  We do not ship animals.  If you are visiting Minnesota and want to adopt an animal, you will need to sign a contract stating you will bring the animal back to us in the event you are ever unable to keep it.

If I am the first one to apply for an animal, will I get it?

  • Maybe. We are not a first-come, first-served rescue. We try our hardest to find the best match for our animals and our adopters. Being first doesn't hurt, but it's not a guarantee. We commit to being as open and honest about the selection process as we can.

Can you tell me how big a puppy is going to get?

  • Unfortunately, no. We usually don't know either of the puppy's parents, so we have no idea what lies in his or her gene pool.  We love updates on our puppies to see how they are doing and if our breed guess was close.

What do I do if I adopt an Angel of Hope animal and start having problems with it?

  • Let us know - the sooner the better! Small problems that start early-on become big problems as time passes. We have a large pool of volunteers whom have been doing this for a long time, we probably have experience dealing with whatever issue you may be facing.

What do I do if I cannot keep my Angel of Hope animal?

  • If for any reason, you cannot keep your animal, let us know as soon as possible. We do our best to take back animals but since we are a foster-based rescue, that will be dependent on the availability of space in our foster homes.  The sooner you notify us, the better as sometimes we need several weeks for space to open up in a foster home. If we cannot take the pet back, we will try to help you find alternatives for the pet.

Volunteering

I want to help.  Do you need any foster homes?

  • Yes, yes, yes! In fact, because we do not have a facility, foster homes are the backbone of our organization. Without foster homes, we could not rescue anyone!

What does it mean if I foster an Angel of Hope animal?

  • As a foster, you would give a pet a temporary home - until we find a suitable permanent adoptive home. You give the animal a soft, dry place to sleep, yummy food to eat, and lots of play time! You also help your Adoption Coordinator find your foster a great home!  We will provide all the supplies you need including food, litter, toys and bedding.

What if I want to adopt my Angel of Hope foster?

  • We would be thrilled to have you give your foster a permanent home.  Fosters are welcome to “first pick” if they choose to adopt.  Adoption fees still apply.  If you choose to adopt, please be sure to inform your foster home coordinator.

What if my Angel of Hope foster needs to go to the vet?

  • If you have a concern about your foster, please contact your foster home coordinator to determine if the pet needs a vet visit and which vet is appropriate for the situation.  We have many vet tech and experienced rescue volunteers who are able to provide routine care such as vaccines and exams.

What if I have to go out of town when I have an Angel of Hope foster?

  • Let us know of your plans as early as possible, and we will help you find a temporary foster.  If you have a friend, neighbor or family member who would be a suitable temporary foster, please let us know.

What if I can’t foster all the time?

  • You can still help Angel of Hope! When fosters go out of town, we need people who can foster temporarily!

What if I want to help but I can’t foster?

We always need:

  • Transporters (to and from the vet, to and from adoption events, etc.)
  • Fundraisers
  • Administrative Helpers
  • Donations!  Either monetary donations or donations of supplies are always needed.

Surrendering

I need to surrender a pet that I did not adopt from Angel of Hope.  Can you help?

  • We are happy to help individuals in need to re-home their pets provided that we have space in a foster home and the animal meets our adoption criteria.

What information do you need to re-home my pet?