The Adoption Process at America’s Family Pet Expo

Posted On: 04-14-2017

In our last blog, we discussed some things to consider before adopting a pet at America’s Family Pet Expo.  If you are still considering getting a pet, we’d like to share some information on the adoption process at America’s Family Pet Expo!

There are a variety of adoption groups at America’s Family Pet Expo.  Each agency has its own process for adoption*, but here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Some adoptions may happen the same day, other times it may take several days or longer. Ask the group how long a typical adoption takes.
  • You’ll be asked to fill out some paper work. The application is geared for determining if you’re a good candidate to adopt a pet and what type of pet might be best for you.
  • Most adoption groups charge a fee.  Fees vary per group.
  • Some agencies won’t let you take the pet home until they have seen you and your spouse and/or children interact with the pet.

While the adoption agencies do their part to facilitate the adoption, you also need to be prepared to ask questions and make sure you get the pet that’s right for you. For example:

  • How did pet get to the adoption group? Was it a stray, did an owner drop it off or was the animal taken from the home because it was being abused? There may be behavioral or medical problems you’ll want to know about before you adopt.
  • Does the group offers training classes to help your pet adjust to its new home?
  • Who’s responsible for medical care if your pet becomes ill shortly after leaving the group?
  • What happens if the adoption simply doesn’t “work out?” What if your new pet doesn’t get along with your children or other pets? What happens if you have to move and you can’t take the pet with you? Some groups may let you return the pet within a certain number of days, while others may leave it up to you find the pet a new, good home.
  • If you rent, lease, or are part of a HOA you should be able to show what pets and their size are allowed.

Applications do get rejects. There are many reasons why. For example, you may not be the only person interested in a pet and someone else may have filed an application first. Or, the group may decide the pet you want isn’t right for you or your family. For example, someone living in an apartment may not be an ideal candidate for a Great Dane.  If your adoption gets rejected, find out why your application was denied by the group and what recommendations they may have for you to be a pet owner in the near future.

We hope this information helps you in your adoption decision!  We are looking forward to another year of providing hundreds of animals with loving homes! See you at America’s Family Pet Expo at the OC Fair & Event Center April 28-30!


*Please keep in mind that each adoption group must adhere to their own policies and regulations for placing any animals in accordance to State laws. Many can range from a government run agency with few restrictions to private groups with very specific restrictions.  WPA/America’s Family Pet Expo is not responsible for any decisions made between the adoption group and show attendees.