Please note – Due to the pandemic, we are still unable to accommodate the public in our small building. That said, we are still facilitating hundreds of adoptions with our largely-virtual process. We can facilitate outdoor dog meets for approved applicants; however, we are not yet able to offer in shelter cat meets. We will likely be updating this policy in the upcoming weeks as we re-evaluate our adoption process post-pandemic. We thank you so much for your patience – and for considering adoption!
Adoption Process and Fees
Thank you for considering Baypath for adoption. We realize this can be an exciting time, but also a stressful one. Below, we outline our process in hopes of giving you a bit more perspective.
We do our best to collect both behavior and medical histories on our animals, as well as do our own evaluations and observations. We gather as much information as we can to suggest what we believe to be the ideal situation for each animal. We do this in the interest of the animal’s quality of life as well as to assist our potential adopters. As always, safety is of the utmost importance in our decision making process.
Our current process is in recognition of the pandemic and staff, volunteer and public safety. We have a very small facility and thus cannot accommodate the public in the building at this time. Rather we use video, photos, and extensive write ups of our animals and have an online application and virtual matchmaking process to help families find matches. This is obviously not our historical process, nor is it ideal, but we are still very much taking in, caring for and placing cats and dogs in wonderful homes – over 800 since the pandemic began!
We hope you understand that we are doing the best we can while working with a limited staff, and we appreciate your patience with this different process.
Okay, so you're ready to adopt? How exciting? What now?
Our advice – in the interest of your time and expectations – is to consider our adoption requirements before heading down the application process:
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Verify that you are allowed to have a pet of the breed and size where you currently live
- Verify that everyone in your household is on board for a new pet
- Verify that the animals in your household are up to date on vaccines, which protects them as much as your new pet
- Be in a position to spend the time and resources necessary to provide the training, medical treatment and proper care for your new pet
- For dog adoptions, be prepared to bring the other dogs in the home for a meet
Quick guide on how to get started
Please email us at [email protected] to start the process. Whether you want to begin the process with a particular cat or dog – or have questions about the process or general cat and dog behavior and wellness questions – we strongly encourage you to reach out to us. We love guiding people through this exciting, yet sometimes overwhelming, process.
Once you submit an inquiry via email, one of our staff members will be in touch within 24-48 hours to answer any of your questions, share information about any cat or dog that interests you, and help you narrow in on some potential fits with your lifestyle.
If, after conferring with our knowledgeable staff, you think there is a cat or dog that fits your lifestyle, we will ask you to fill out our online application to help us better get to know you. In addition to your general lifestyle and any previous pet experience, the application asks for personal references, your pet’s veterinarian information, if applicable, if we need to contact a landlord about their requirements, etc.
Once the application is received, we will begin to go through it. We may reach out along the way as we speak with any vets , references, landlords and/or have any clarifying questions. Most importantly, we will reach out to set up a time for a matchmaking conversation with you and those in your household. Your efforts to provide so much information via the application will ensure a great conversation takes place.
After the matchmaking call, we will regroup, taking into account other potential applicants and the needs of the animal. We will then contact you as soon as possible with the status of your application. Once your application is approved and we all agree that there is a potential fit, we will proceed as described in the next step. If your application is approved, but we don’t have the right fit just yet, we will continue to work with you to find that fit.
Adoptions are done by appointment. We send COVID-19 guidelines to you ahead of time regarding the meet in the interest of safety and managing everyone’s expectations.
Dogs – Currently, we are able to facilitate dog meets – with the family and any dogs in the home – onsite once an application is approved and a potential match is made. Due to our small facility, we can only facilitate the meets outside – and weather dependent.
Cats – Currently, we are not able to facilitate cat meets due to our small facility. We recognize this is unorthodox, but we try that much harder to give you as much information as possible via detailed histories, pictures and videos.
If you need time to prepare your home for your new dog or cat, we will accept a $50.00 non-refundable deposit with an approved application. This holds your adoption for 24 hours. If you’re adopting a new dog, please follow these tips to help them make a smooth adjustment to your new home. We can also provide you with a list of supplies you’ll need, as well as tips on preparing your home for your new pet.
Adoption is a commitment that is likely to extend more than 10 years. If you have any reservations, please take your time. Think your decision over carefully and discuss it with all family members. If you have any questions, please ask us. We’re here to help!
What Your Dog Adoption Includes
- Spay or Neuter Surgery
- Core Vaccines (FVRCP series & Rabies)
- Heartworm Test
- Flea & Tick Prevention
- Heartworm Prevention
Dog Adoption Fees
- Puppy (6 months and younger): $550
- Adolescent (7-11 months): $475
- Adult (1-6 years): $450
- Senior (7+ years): $350
What Your Cat Adoption Includes
- Spay or Neuter Surgery
- Core Vaccines (FVRCP series & Rabies)
- Feline Leukemia/FIV Test
- Flea Prevention
Cat Adoption Fees
- Kitten (6 months and younger): $300 single, $550 pair of kittens
- Adolescent (7-11 months): $250
- Adult (1-6 years): $200
- Senior (7+ years): $150