ADOPTING ONE OF OUR PETS
HALO's adoption process involves several steps. Our goal is to match the dog and family together based on many factors. We look at the family's lifestyle, activity, ages of children, dog/breed experience, the home and fencing, other pets in the home, and more. In addition, our dogs continue with training at no cost to the adopters after adoption.
Interested in adopting one of our pets? You must be at least 21 years old to adopt through HALO.
Here's the steps (be sure to scroll downward on the Bissell Pet Network logo):
VIEW OUR ADOPTABLES
You can view our adoptable pets and read their bios to get an understanding of the pet and their needs. Please read each bio thoroughly and consider your family's lifestyle. You must be at least 21 years old.
SUBMIT ADOPTION APPLICATION
After carefully reviewing our adoptable dog's bio, you can submit your adoption application. You must submit references who are not relatives and do not reside in your home.
Once your completed application is submitted, it is forwarded to our Adoption Coordinator. She reviews all applications and determines if the family and dog are a match, which is based on the dog's needs and family.
Your character references and current or past veterinarian (if applicable) are contacted for information.
Once the application is reviewed and references checked, the Adoption Coordinator speaks with the foster or the Executive Director (for dogs in her behavior program) and together, they discuss the application and how the family could meet the dog's needs.
If they are in agreement to move forward, the Adoption Coordinator can either provide the foster family the applicant's contact information OR the Coordinator obtains potential dates and times for a meet and greet.
Our Adoption Coordinator will review your residence online through your county's website and schedule a home visit with you. The visit's goal is to ensure your home environment is safe and your yard/fencing acceptable.
The home visit is sometimes conducted at the same time as the Meet and Greet.
MEET AND GREET
A meet and greet gives the family and dog an opportunity to meet at HALO, a park, or the residence. We ask that ALL members of the household and dogs participate in the meet and greet.
TRIAL PERIOD OR FOSTER TO ADOPT
Once the meet and greet is completed and all agree that the dog could be a good addition to the family, a trial period of 2-4 weeks can be contracted. At the end of the trial period, the family or HALO can decide if the dog remains in the home. Then, the family can officially adopt!
We also offer Foster to Adopt, which is a longer trial period. During this time, HALO will continue to cover the dog's expenses until the family decides to adopt. If the family decides to adopt, then Foster to Adopt Contract becomes an official Adoption Contract.
Congratulations on your adoption! We celebrate your GOTCHA DAY with a family photo that is posted on our social media. Once you adopted through HALO, we remain in contact, continue training at no cost to the adopter, and encourage updates. You are now HALO FAMILY!