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The following information will help you get a better idea of the Motley Zoo adoption process. Click any topic below to be directed to the response.
Where are you located?
Our organization is volunteer run by individuals in all different areas of the Greater Seattle and Eastside areas, coming together via email. We exist virtually as a rescue, but also run a dog daycare facility, Rock Star Treatment Dog Daycare, in Redmond, WA.
This means the adoption department is different than the daycare department and volunteers for one may know very little about the other, as each is very specialized.
Where can I visit adoptable animals?
Animals are not available for casual meetings. As foster families are volunteers, we cannot ask them to entertain general inquiries. They already work hard bringing animals to vet appointments, daycare, training and adoption events. Applicants therefore, must qualified through our process, before a meeting can be arranged.
Cats stay overnight in partnering pet stores, who act like the foster family and care for their daily needs. We also have a Cat Lounge at our Studio in Downtown Redmond where other adoptable cats reside while in care.
What does “Foster Based” mean?
Adoptable animals are on the first page of our website. If you do not see an animal you are looking for, feel free to inquire.
Who are the foster families?
They also entirely volunteer. Animals live with them as one of the family, until a permanent home is found. This therefore, may limit the kinds of animals we can take in at any given time.
When and where are the adoption events?
target=”_blank”>Adoption events are held at least every other week, at various stores and locations throughout the community. This is an opportunity to meet animals casually, without the obligation of applying first.
All applicants go through the same application process. This includes friends, family- and even rock stars. The only time we don’t require an application, is when someone has adopted with us before (“repeat offenders”), as they have gone through the process already.
I applied with a different shelter, can I use that application?
An application for a different rescue or shelter, unfortunately will not work for ours. Like banks, each are very different organizations with different rules, etc and you cannot apply for a loan at one bank and expect it to work at another.
An application becomes part of a legal contract when an adoption is completed, so it is very critical each rescue has the information and forms deemed necessary for that binding action.
How long does the adoption process take?
The application process is approximately 3-5 days from the time you return the information to us. We work as quickly and efficiently as we can, though in times of high volume, we may be slower. In all, you can be assured we WANT animals to go home as quickly as possible, so we can save another waiting.
Please note as well, if we fail to be speedy or excel at something, it’s only because we don’t have enough volunteers to get the work done faster/ better. This is the downside to any volunteer run charity unfortunately. Especially if this is a frustration of yours, consider volunteering to help improve the process!
What information do you need for the application?
We cannot begin the review process until we have all 3 pieces of your application:
-pictures of your home and “proof of residence” (a piece of mail or bill showing your address)
-processing fee of $5.
What are you looking for in an adopter?
Quite simply, the right match that will love and care for the animals as family.
Our goal is to match you with the animal that is right for you, which may or may not be the animal you are first interested in. Please understand that we want animals to have the right homes that will last.
Please trust our investment and efforts. Through our extensive experience of placing nearly 2,000 animals, we are skilled with our methods and have very few returns for unsuitable pairings.
This is about the animals first and what is best for them- but it is also about what is best for you as an adopter. We find adopters’ requests and what they need can vary greatly- we try and bridge the gap.
If we do deem an animal not to be a good match for you this is not personal by any means and we are trying to spare you heartbreak and our animals additional stress and transition.
What if the animal I wanted gets adopted?
If you do not get to adopt your first choice in a pet, do not despair, as it only means YOUR pet is still out there looking for you- and the only way you won’t find them, is if you stop looking! So just remember, you WILL go home with your perfect pet and will forget all about the animals that didn’t work out, when that happens.
Please exercise patience if you are still awaiting a match. Finding the best animal for you and your family can take time. Feel free to keep in touch and see if there are any new options and we will keep your application on file and actively seek animals that match your needs.