What is an acceptable time frame between paying the adoption fee and transferring the dog into the new home?
Payment of the adoption fee finalises the adoption and allows DOG ADOPTION to remove the dog from advertising and notify any unsuccessful applicants the dog has been adopted. Due to the large number of dogs desperate for new homes it is important not to waste resources by continuing to advertise a dog when it is no longer available or frustrate worthy applicants that may give up and not adopt at all.
While a new owner may be very excited and anxious to collect their new dog we encourage them to consider the feelings of the current owners.
Current owners would not be going through the re-homing process if they did not need the re-home their beloved pet but it is almost always a regrettable decision. Sometimes there are factors that the new owners may not be aware of like a terminal illness in the family.
It is reasonable to allow old owners time to say goodbye or arrange for others in the family to say goodbye. But new owners have rights too.
In our experience the transfer is usually done on the next available weekend but rarely on the same day payment of the adoption fee is made. While some folks make special arrangements a month in advance, it usually happens within a week.
When new owners are making a mutually suitable time to transfer the dog it is best to collect it early in the day at a time when they have at least a few days off. This will not only help your dog settle in but also allow time to monitor the dog during the transition into its' new environment.
If you find the old owner is being unreasonable about the transfer time DOG ADOPTION will first try and find a solution however, the new owner can reverse their decision and we will make a full refund. See Adoption Terms and Conditions
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Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, representatives of DOG ADOPTION are not qualified specialists in any area including animal behaviour, veterinary science or welfare. While all care is taken to collect and relay correct information, DOG ADOPTION acts as an agent and does not accept responsibility for owners, foster carers, applicants, adopters or any other party that is dishonest or misleading. Details about dogs are based on information gathered from owners or foster careers and this can be subjective. We recommend applicants seek independent advice from qualified specialists before committing to a dog.