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Our Adoption Process

At Juliet's House, our top priority is finding the perfect match between families and pets so that all of our rescued animals find a safe and loving home. We try to make our adoption process a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.  At the same time, we pride ourselves on being as thorough as possible. This means that we take time to make sure the pet you're interested in is the right fit for your family. We will work with you to make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision. If there is more than one application for a pet, we will be upfront and let you know. Please be aware that we will contact your veterinarian as a reference and may make a home visit before completing the adoption process. We may also contact your landlord if you rent an apartment or home. Our aim to ensure a lifetime of love and companionship for all of our animals and their new families.


Steps To Take To Adopt a Pet from Juliet's House
  • Take a look at our adoptable animals online or come visit us at one of our weekly adoption fairs.

  • Found a pet you're interested in? Great! To take the the next step, we ask you to fill out an online application to be put in touch with our adoption team.  Please be aware that filling out an application itself does not hold the animal for you. However it does put you in touch with our adoption team who will be able to help with the adoption process.

  • An adoption counselor will review your application. Keep in mind your adoption counselor may contact your your veterinarian and your landlord if you rent. They also may finalize the process by conducting a home visit.

  • Next the adoption counselor will be in touch with any questions they have, be able to help answer any questions you have, and schedule a meet and greet appointment if all goes well. At that time, you can also ask for suggestions about many things including: what supplies you might need, where to put the litter box, how to introduce the new animal to your home, etc.

  • At the meet and greet appointment, you will get the opportunity to interact with the animal (or animals in the event you are interested in adopting a pair). Assuming it is a good fit for all, you will be given the green light to adopt your new family member!

  • To complete the adoption, you'll fill out our adoption contract and pay the adoption fee. In the event that the animal is not quite ready to go home (usually due to scheduling their spay/neuter surgery), our adoption team will provide an estimate as to when the kitten is anticipated to be ready and remain in communication to arrange picking them up once ready to go home.

Things To Think About Before Adopting

Adopting a pet is a serious commitment that should not be taken lightly. Thousands of animals end up in shelters every year because people do not think through what it means to own and care for a pet. When adopting a pet, you should plan to commit to them for their lifetime. With indoor cats having an average life expectancy of 17 years, this is a commitment that should not be taken lightly.


Please make sure your household can accommodate a pet. According to the ASPCA’s National Rehoming Survey, the most common reasons why people relinquish or give away their pets are the pet’s health, family health troubles, allergies, landlord restrictions, and not enough space.

Do you have a plan if your animal should become sick or injured? What will you do if your pet requires medical attention costing over $1,000? Have you considered pet insurance? There are many reasonable pet insurance options out there to help alleviate the burden. Petfinder has stepped in to help by compiling a list of pet insurance companies online at 

Are you willing to give the animal you adopt a solid 2-6 weeks to settle into your life and household? Whether kitten, cat, or puppy, animals (like people) take time to acclimate. Scared cats will come out from underneath the bed once they feel safe. Puppies will learn to sleep through the night and go potty outside if given the time. Abused animals will come around and learn to trust you if you give them time and reassurance. Most will not be able to adjust immediately. Please do not add to an animal’s problems by taking them in and giving them back because you are not willing to really give them the time to have a chance!


Puppies/kittens are expensive! Having a pet can cost you over $1,000 in the first year and well over $500 each additional year. They require annual vet checkups, food, toys, supplies, a crate and training. Depending on the food you choose and their medical needs, the costs could be much higher. 


Puppies grow up to be dogs! Decide what size dog (not puppy) will fit best into your family. Keep in mind that with mixed breed puppies, it can sometimes be difficult to predict their full-grown size with 100% accuracy.

Kittens and puppies require hours and hours of attention as they grow. They often don’t sleep through the night. They chew. They bark. They climb. They nip. And they grow! Do you have the schedule to care for a puppy or kitten? Will you be able to part with your favorite shoes that one time you forget to put them away and arrive home to find them damaged? Will you have the time to properly train a puppy or kitten? The untrained pup/kit grows into an untrained dog/cat – and the longer you wait to train, the harder it gets!

If you have kids, will you be able to spend the time necessary to make sure that your kids are treating the pet the right way? Animals mistreated by children often grow up to be aggressive and/or fearful of humans. It’s important to not only tell your children what is and what is not acceptable, but to watch them closely.


If you work during the day, are you willing to arrange and pay for a dog walker? Dogs left alone and/or crated for too long are often hyper when you finally arrive home. They jump, bark and chew on things. After a long day at work, it is usually not what most people enjoy. Make sure your companion animal will get adequate exercise and attention.

If you’ve recently lost a pet and are considering getting another, have you had enough time to grieve for your lost pet? The next animal you adopt will likely have different habits and quirks than the one you just lost. Many people move too quickly to fill the void left by a deceased pet. Sadly, these animals are adopted and returned once the owner realizes he/she needs more time. Take the time to grieve and get ready for another pet. It’s only fair to you and the next animal you take in.


Are you prepared to have you new cat/kitten scratch the furniture? Will you be able to work with your cat/kitten and provide alternative scratching objects while teaching the cat not to scratch your furniture? Scratching is a natural impulse. Supplying appropriate alternatives that meet your cat’s desires will help both you and the cat.

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