Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
Posted October 17, 2018 at 05:40 PM Under "Adoption Programs & Management"
Question of the Week #20

Does your shelter or rescue practice any open adoption policies? If so, how has it affected the number of pets going into homes?

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  • Joy    October 19, 2018 at 08:12 AM

    We have actually always have had more open adoption policies than many shelters but we've relaxed them even more over the years. For example, we don't have anything on our adoption survey (we call it "survey" vs "application") about rentals. After all, haven't most of us had a pet in a "no-pets" rental at one time in our life or another?! We focus more on following up after the adoption. We provide coaching advice on getting kitty to settle in with the family. If it's not a match and they want to return that's OK. We also have recently started an Alumni Facebook page that is very popular. People love to share pictures of their kitties!

    The net result is that our return rate has actually dropped over the years, our adoption rate has continually climbed every year and length of stay declined.

  • ElenaB    October 18, 2018 at 08:40 AM

    Great topic! If we can't make it to the live webcast, will it be available after?

    • Maddie's Pet Forum Admin   Maddie's Fund Staff  October 18, 2018 at 11:34 AM

      Absolutely! We recommend that you register for the webcast, even if you can't make it. That way we can send you an email with details about how to view the recording of the webcast.