Adoption Process

WHAT KINDS OF PETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION?

The Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge currently kennels up to 30 dogs and puppies on the first floor of our building. The second floor contains our cattery, cat playroom, and kitten nursery. At any given time we have up to 50 + adult cats and any number of kittens. During the warmer months (kitten season!), RBARI is overflowing with more than 50 adult cats and 50 kittens on any given day.  All of these pets are waiting for wonderful new homes.

WHERE DO I START?

Think about what kind of pet you want to adopt. You can read our, BEFORE YOU ADOPT page, to help you decide. Next, fill out an adoption form online here. Please answer each question as thoroughly as possible. Remember, this is not a "pass or fail" test. It’s designed to help us get to know you and your family, the kind of pet you’re looking for, and which type of pet to match with you and your family. Please note, we are unable to put animals on hold/reservation until we have received your application, and at least one adult member of the family has visited that particular pet at our shelter.

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR POTENTIAL NEW PET

All humans in the household should plan on dropping by RBARI to meet a new pet - canine family members will also need to meet any new dog you may be adopting. This ensures that everyone - 2 legs or 4 - get along! The staff of RBARI will be happy to provide reading material on basic dog and cat care, and can answer any questions you may have. We can also provide you with specific information about the health and temperament of your potential pet. Our adoption team will be there for you before, during, and after the adoption process. All questions are welcome! We even have an onsite dog trainer to assist with any challenging canine behavioral problems. Once your family has met and bonded with your chosen pet, it’s time to start the adoption process!

THE ADOPTION PROCESS

You will start with the adoption paperwork, then set a date to pick up your new family member. Because adoption and pet ownership is a long-term commitment, don’t hesitate to think it through and sleep on it. If you’re at all unsure about your choice, simply let your adoption counselor know. If you are sure - get ready!  You are about to become a parent! 

Your adoption counselor will go over the medical history of your pet, and you’ll receive a copy of the medical records. You’ll also receive information on Pet Insurance, feeding, care, etc. Then you’ll need to sign the RBARI adoption contract and pay the adoption fee. The money we receive (cash, check, or credit card) is used to help RBARI in its mission. Your donation at the time of adoption ensures that RBARI will be able to continue to help more animals in need. 

To help you plan, the entire adoption process can be as short as a 1/2 hour or as much as 2 hours. Depending on the needs of your pet, and any questions you may have, you’ll want to allow plenty of time to complete this process. And once it’s complete…

CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU ARE NOW A PROUD PET OWNER AND A MEMBER OF THE RBARI FAMILY!

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