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Pre-approval is needed in order to adopt a pet through LAWS.
Completion of this application does not guarantee the adoption of a pet or a particular pet you are interested in, and it does not commit you to an adoption should you be approved.
The information requested in this application is necessary in assisting with the selection of a new pet. This form, the review process, and follow up conversations with an adoption coordinator are designed to help you find a pet most compatible with your lifestyle.
Please read the following information about our adoption applications:
If your current housing situation is temporary, such as a rental, please carefully consider whether you'll be able to take your pet with you to new housing.
The most common reason for relinquishment to a shelter is ‘moving and cannot take with’.
If you have any doubt of your ability to provide a forever home, please consider fostering instead of adoption. We are always looking for feline and canine fosters. LAWS pays all expenses! You can find out more about fostering on our Foster Page
Household and Age:
Children under age 6 may have a hard time handling a kitten, puppy or other small animal properly. Squeezing, poking, and other things may cause them to scratch or bite in self-defense which could cause injury.
An adult pet, who is calm and experienced, is a much better choice for young children.
The Application Review Process:
Possible reasons for denial may include, but are not limited to, history of animal cruelty/neglect/abuse, domestic abuse/violence, or sexual assault/abuse; outstanding warrant(s) for arrest; expired vaccinations (unless for age/medical reasons) on current or prior pets. Background checks may be requested.
In submitting this form, the applicant understands that misrepresentation of fact may result in refusal of adoption. The applicant understands that the Laramie Animal Welfare Society is not responsible for the accuracy of information received about the temperament, habits, or physical condition of the animal available for adoption. The Laramie Animal Welfare Society is not liable or responsible for any damage, injury, or accident resulting from the placement of this companion animal.
In submitting this form, the applicant accepts all responsibilities for the health (including the remainder of vaccinations and post-care of spay/neuter surgery if required), housing, feeding, and companionship/wellbeing of this animal.
the adoption fees we collect contribute significantly to our ability to continue this life-saving effort. E
ach animal is spayed or neutered; microchipped, de-wormed, and vaccinated according to their age (adults are current on all vaccinations including rabies if over 6 mos of age) prior to adoption unless otherwise stated.
LAWS requires adopters to be a legal adult (i.e. over the age of 18). What is your date of birth?*
Do you intend to adopt this dog as a companion for yourself and/or immediate family and for the dog to reside with you at your primary location? If not for you, who is this pet intended for?*
If No, where, and with whom will the dog reside?
Have you, as an adult, ever adopted an animal from a shelter or rescue before? If so, please tell us about the animal and your experiences.
Please list the NAME and AGE of every individual in the household.*
Does everyone in this household agree to and support the adoption of this dog?
Please list all of the pets within your household? Species, breed, gender, age, how long you’ve had them in your household, behavior and personality? If none answer NA*
Are your dogs and cats currently up to date on their vaccinations?
We will need to verify this with your veterinary reference.
If you use a low-cost or mobile vaccination clinic, you will need to provide copies of your pets' vaccination record before your application can be approved.
Please understand that applications will not be fully processed until records are confirmed.
Please list your VET CLINIC. Please list the clinic’s name and phone number
We will be calling your veterinarian for a reference. If your pets' account is under another name, such as a maiden name, extended family, etc., please provide that information here so that we may more easily verify your reference.
Do you rent or own?*
If you rent, you must provide the owner's name and phone number.
Do you have a completely fenced yard?
If yes, what is the height of the fence?*
Would your adopted dog ever be "tied up?"
If yes, for how long?*
Where will your pet stay in the event of inclement weather or cold temperatures?*
What does a typical week in the life of your dog look like? (i.e. Where will the dog wake up, eat, how long will the dog be left by himself/herself, what does the dog's exercise plan look like, does your dog accompany you to work, etc.)*
Do you require an already house trained dog?
If no, are you able to house train?*
Please describe your past experience handling animals? Have you ever had to deal with an animal that had issues such as aggression, fearfulness, shyness, or any other “problematic” behaviors? How did you help the animal overcome these challenges?*
Have you ever adopted ANY animal from LAWS before?
If yes, who did you adopt?
If not applicable, please write "N/A"*
Have you ever surrendered a pet to a shelter or rescue group, or re-homed it on your own (family member, advertising, etc)? If so, please describe the circumstances that led to the surrender.*
Please describe your current adoption search. How long have you been looking for a dog? What qualities are you looking for in a dog? What breeds do you have experience with?*
If there a specific dog you are interested in, please write his/her name here: (please note- while you may apply for a specific animal, we cannot guarantee that it will result in the adoption of that specific animal).
Please list the NAME (first and last) how you know them and PHONE NUMBER for 3 references who are not family members, roommates, boyfriends/girlfriends.*
Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR)