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 may make a home visit and/or contact your veterinarian 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.


We also know that sometimes even after going through the adoption process carefully, things might not work out as planned. Juliet's House maintains a "no questions asked" return policy for all of our pets. Whether it be unforeseen allergies, or it's just not the right fit, bring them back to us so that we can find them the perfect home!

We know sometimes things don't work out as planned. If this happens within the first two weeks of adoption, Juliet's House will accept their return. In the event that you choose to return the adopted animal, we may need to put you on a waiting list surrender back to Juliet's House depending on space in our program. After the initial two week period, we cannot guarantee the ability to accept the return of adopted animals back into our program.

Steps To Take To Adopt a Pet from Juliet's House
  • Take a look at our adoptable cats and dogs online or come visit us at one of our weekly adoption fairs. Spend some time with them and make sure it's a good fit. Keep in mind that shy animals might calm down once they're in a stable and loving home. The adoption center environment is stressful!

  • Found a pet you're interested in? Great! There are two ways to complete an adoption application.  You can fill out an online application.  If you complete the online application, it will be automatically emailed to a Juliet's House adoption volunteer when you complete and submit it. Please be aware that filling out an application does not reserve or hold the pet!

  • The adoption counselor will review your application. Keep in mind your adoption counselor may contact your references, your veterinarian, and your landlord if you rent.

  • We may finalize the process by conducting a home visit. This is when a volunteer comes to your home to verify that it is a safe and appropriate place for the pet you have applied to adopt. At that time, you can also ask for suggestions about many things including: where to put the crate, where to put the litter box, how to protect certain areas of your home, etc.

  • After this process is complete, you will be given the green light to adopt your new family member!

  • Finally, you'll fill out a contract and pay our adoption fee. Our adoption fee covers the cost of vaccinations, spaying/neutering, as well as food and care while in our foster system. 

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. Unfortunately this means that millions of perfectly adoptable pets are euthanized each year. 


Please make sure your household can accommodate a pet. According to the American Humane Association, the most common reasons why people relinquish or give away their dogs is because their place of residence does not allow pets (29%), not enough time, divorce/death and behavior issues (10% each). The most common reasons for cats are that they were not allowed in the residence (21%) and allergies (11%).

Do you have a plan if your animal should become sick or injured? What will you do if such requires medical attention costing over $1,000? Have you researched pet insurance? If not, start here: This is a reasonable pet insurance option offered through Petfinder. 

Are you willing to give the animal you adopt a solid 4-6 weeks to settle into your life and household? Whether puppy, dog, cat or kitten, animals (like people) take time to acclimate. Hyper dogs often settle once they feel safe and have a routine. 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. Do NOT expect miracles overnight. Do NOT add to an animal’s problems by taking them in and giving them back too quickly because you are not willing to really give them 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 yearly vet visits, food, toys, supplies, a crate and training. Depending on the food you buy and their actual medical expenses, 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 chewed to pieces? 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? Do you understand that the next animal you adopt will have different habits and quirks? 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?