Our Adoption Process

Are you interested in adopting a new family member? Wonderful! Please check out profiles of all of our adoptable pets or stop by our facility and page through our adoption binders. We are an appointment-based rescue and we cannot guarantee walk-ins will get an appointment the same day. Rather than spending their days in kennels, our pets are in playrooms interacting with other animals, staff, and volunteers for an enriched daily life at the rescue. Because of that, and because of our unique matching process, we are not a walk-through shelter and we do not offer same-day adoptions. 1. The first step on your road to adopting a rescue is to fill out an Adoption Survey! You can do so over the phone by giving us a call at 206 557 4661, or by completing a survey at our facility. We want to get to know you and your lifestyle so we can help you find the best matched pet for your family. We currently do not offer our adoption survey Online. 2. After the survey is completed and reviewed, if we determine you are a good match for your animal of interest, we will either schedule a meet and greet or put you on that animal's wait list.
Be prepared to bring your entire household to your scheduled meet and greet. (Dogs included, but you may leave cats at home!) Please also bring with you items listed on the Adoption Checklist (on your right!) 3. If the meet and greet goes well and everyone agrees that you've met the right pet for your lifestyle, you will then fill out our Adoption Contract! 4. Once we process your contract, we will call you to schedule a Home Check and we will bring your new pet to you! The home check includes a quick walk-through of the home and yard (if you have one) to ensure the safety of the animal.
Although a fenced yard isn't required for most of our dogs, there are special cases where our trainers will make that requirement based on an animal's energy level, exercise needs, and/or potential to be a flight risk. We ask that dogs always be supervised while outdoors, and that they are always on a leash unless in an enclosed area such as a fenced yard, or a dog park. If you are interested in a dog that our trainers have determined would do best in a home with a fenced yard, our adoptions team will let you know prior to the meet and greet.
We also require cats and critters to be indoor-only. A "catio," (enclosed porch-like space for your cats) however, is okay. Our animals come home to you vaccinated, spayed or neutered and microchipped, along with dentals, cherry eye surgeries, or any other procedures the pet may need, performed by our ECPR veterinary staff. We also include 3 days worth of food and medical records. Dogs also come with a leash, harness, and cats come with a collar. For all animals, we include materials to assist with integration and training tips. 5. ENJOY YOUR NEW FAMILY MEMBER! But rest assured that if you have any questions along the way, Emerald City Pet Rescue is always available to offer support to you and your new pet. We do provide periodic follow-up calls to stay up to date on how your new family member is doing. We have licensed trainers on staff that can address any behavioral and/or training concerns you may have, and we have board certified DVMs on staff that can address any questions or concerns regarding the health of any of our pets. Once you've adopted from us, you will always be considered a part of our Emerald City Pet Rescue Family!

Adoption Checklist

- Must be 21 or over to adopt.
- Must be within a two-hour driving distance of our Sodo location. (Some exceptions are made.)

- No international adoptions.

- Government-issued ID
- If You Rent : Copy of pet policy or landlord verification

- If You Have a Dog : Proof of spay/neuter and vaccinations (Rabies, Distemper/parvo, Bordetella, Lepto)
- Contact information for 3 references (personal, professional, and vet reference.)

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2962 First Avenue South,  Suite B.   Seattle, WA. 98134

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