Our Adoption Process

How does it work?

We adopt to homes within 60 miles of the Twin Cities.

Step 1:  Find A Potential Match.  Browse our Adoptable Pet Listings and fill out our Adoption Application if you see a pet you are interested in meeting.  Your application will be reviewed and you may receive follow up questions.  If it seems like a potential match you will be contacted by the pet’s foster parent.

Step 2:  Meet the pet.  If you and the foster parent agree this could be a good fit the foster parent will work with you to schedule a time you can meet the pet.  This meeting may take place at the foster home, your home, a Meet & Greet event or a neutral location.  All family members must be present at the meeting.  The resident pets and foster pet must meet prior to continuing the adoption process.

Step 3:  Adoption approval process - Email safehandsrescue@gmail.com to confirm you want to move forward with adopting the pet.  An organization representative will speak with the foster parent about the meeting.  Any necessary vet, landlord or city pet limit checks will be completed.  If all parties agree this seems to be a good match we move to Step 4.

Step 4:  Home visit.  If everyone agrees this is a good fit a home visit is conducted.  Provided everything goes well and is satisfactory the adoption is finalized and the new pet will stay with you at this time.

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Our Meet & Greet Events Process

We adopt to homes within 60 miles of the Twin Cities.

Step 1:  Find A Potential Match.  Attend a Meet & Greet to visit with many of our adoptable dogs and see if we have a good match for you.  Make sure to talk to the dogs’ foster families for the best information about them!

Step 2:  If there is a dog you are interested in adopting, fill out an application at the front desk.  If you brought a printed copy of your online application you can provide that instead.

Step 3:  Talk with an Adoption Advisor on site.  They will review your application, ask any follow up questions and provide additional information.

Post Event the Adoptions Team will review all applications.  Safe Hands Rescue strives to make good matches and as such does not operate on a first come basis.  Our goal is to contact all Meet & Greet applicants within 48 hours of the event.

Step 4:  If your application is selected as the best match for dog any necessary vet, landlord or city pet limit checks will be completed.  If all members of the family and resident pets have met the dog you will move to step 5.

Step 4b:  If all members of the family and resident pets have not met the dog yet a meeting must be scheduled with the foster family.  We will continue to accept and meet other applicants during this time and may choose to move forward with another adoptive home.

Step 5:  Home visit.  If everyone still agrees this is a good fit a home visit is conducted.  Provided everything goes well and is satisfactory the adoption is finalized and the new pet will stay with you at this time.

Adoption Fees

Dog adoption fees generally range from $350 to $500.  This includes the cost of spay/neuter surgery, de-worming, flea/tick preventative, heartworm test (for dogs and puppies seven months or older) and age appropriate rabies and distemper vaccinations.

Cat adoption fees generally range from $100-$165.  This includes the cost of spay/neuter surgery, de-worming, flea/tick preventative, feLeuk/FIV test and age appropriate FVRCP and rabies vaccinations.

Adoption fee exceptions may be made for senior animals, bonded pairs, or animals with medical issues.

Adoption fees help offset the costs involved to rescue companion animals, provide for their medical care and prepare them for adoption.  Adoption fees are non-negotiable and often do not cover all expenses!

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