hart's multi-step adoption process is designed to ensure (as
best as possible) that the correct match is being made for each
hart dog. For that reason, the foster parent has the final say in
approving an adoption as they know the requirements and the
personality of their foster dog best. If you have questions about
the adoption process or would like to learn more about one
of hart's adoptable dogs, please email us or
call (780) 455-4278.
If you are interested in adopting a hart
dog, this is the process you will be involved in:
Step 1: Adoption Application
Step 2: Phone Screening
- Once your adoption application has been received, you will be
contacted by one of hart's Adoption Team members who will set up a
time to do a phone screening with you. This is an opportunity to go
over your adoption application and discuss hart's adoption
Step 3: Meeting the Foster Home and hart
- If you meet the preliminary screening criteria, your contact
number and/or email address will be passed along to the foster
parent of the dog you're interested in.
- The foster parent will contact you to set up an initial meeting
between you and the hart dog. This meeting may take place at the
foster parent's home or somewhere you mutually agree upon, like a
dog park. This gives you a chance to meet the hart dog and gives
the foster parent a chance to meet you.
Step 4: Home Visit
- If the foster parent believes that you may be a good match for
the hart dog, arrangements are made for a home visit. The home
visit is a 3-4 hour visit at your home. The home visit takes place
during the day, never overnight. All members of your household
(human and pet) must be present. This gives you a chance to see how
the dog fits in with your home and family and gives the foster
parent the opportunity to see the home in which the dog would live.
The foster parent will deliver the hart dog to your home. The
foster parent reserves the right to cancel the home visit at any
time (including when they first arrive at your home) if they
believe circumstances warrant cancellation.
- After the home visit, the hart dog is returned to the foster
parent and permanent adoption may be discussed by you and the
Step 5: 24 Hour Cooling Off Period
- There is a mandatory 24 hour
cooling off period after the home visit to give you and the foster
parent time to determine whether the hart dog would be a good fit
in your home.
Step 6: Finalizing the Adoption
- If both you and the foster parent agree to move forward with
the adoption, arrangements can be made to finalize the adoption.
You will be asked to sign an adoption contract. You will also be
asked to pay the adoption fee of $285 at this time. All hart dogs
are spayed/neutered in order to help control the population of
unwanted dogs. The adoption fee covers the cost of this procedure,
as well as all other shots and immunizations the dog received when
taken in by hart. Should your dog not be altered upon the adoption,
arrangements are made to have the surgery scheduled once the dog is
mature and hart will cover the costs of the alteration.
Enjoy a long and happy life with your hart