BAPS has a first-come-first-served Adoption Policy. BAPS endeavours to ensure that all animals, having met the criteria of the BAPS Adoptability Guidelines, are placed in loving, caring, stable and lifelong homes suited to the animal. It is of the utmost concern to BAPS that the physical, emotional and behavioural needs of the animal are met in their new homes. Since the animals do not have the ability to choose their owners, we must act in their best interests. BAPS or its representatives assist adopters with the selection of a companion animal suitable to their lifestyles. All potential adopters must fill out our Adoption Application which gives BAPS an opportunity to learn about you, your home and what you are looking for in a new pet. All adopters must sign the Animal Adoption Contract and abide by the conditions therein. BAPS reserves the right to refuse an adoption.
Policies and Procedures:
- In accordance with the Animal Adoption Contract, all healthy male and female dogs or cats, over 8 weeks of age, shall be sterilized before leaving BAPS. Our mandate respecting sterilization is in place to help improve the general health and well-being of the animal, and to make a positive impact on the community’s pet overpopulation problem. If a potential adopter has an unaltered animal at home, the reason the animal is unaltered is an important factor that must be considered before that person would be permitted to adopt an animal from BAPS.
- All dogs and cats adopted and spayed or neutered through BAPS, will be microchipped at the time of surgery.
- BAPS does not permit animals to be adopted as gifts. Instead, we encourage people to purchase gift certificates so that the potential adopter can choose their own animal.
- Potential adopters must be at least 18 years of age.
- Potential adopters must not have a documented history of neglect or abuse of animals. As well, potential adopters must not exhibit intolerance of or aggressiveness toward the animal or express unreasonable expectations of the animal being considered for adoption.
- Potential adopters must provide proof of current address. No animal will be adopted to a residence where pets are not permitted. At the time of adoption, potential adopters who rent may be required to provide proof from the landlord that pets are permitted in the residence (Confirmation may be requested in the following forms: copy of lease agreement, written permission from the landlord, or confirmation by telephone or facsimile).
- BAPS believes that cats, for their general health and safety, should be kept indoors and should not be permitted outdoors except when they can be safely supervised. It is a City of Brooks Bylaw that all cats must be kept on the property of the owner and must not be permitted to run at large (City of Brooks Animal Control Bylaw http://www.brooks.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=169&Itemid=170).
- In accordance with the Animal Adoption Contract, cats will not be subjected to unnecessary cosmetic surgery including, but not limited to, de-clawing, without the express written approval of BAPS. BAPS does not condone de-clawing as this surgery involves the amputation of part of each toe and is not necessary in most cases. Potential adopters interested in a de-clawed cat should, if possible, select a cat that is already de-clawed. Our staff should be consulted so that additional information can be provided on clawing behaviour modification. Every attempt should be made to modify clawing behaviour in cats before a request is made of BAPS to provide written approval for de-clawing to be completed.
- In accordance with the Animal Adoption Contract, dogs will not be subjected to unnecessary cosmetic surgery including, but not limited to, ear cropping, tail docking or de-barking, without the express written approval of BAPS. As well, every attempt should be made to modify barking behaviour before a request is made of BAPS to provide written approval for de-barking to be completed. Our staff should be consulted so that additional information can be provided on barking behaviour modification.
- BAPS believes that a dog’s breed, coat, body type and general temperament must be considered when selecting both indoor and outdoor areas where the animal will be housed.
- Responsible pet ownership includes proper adult supervision of children when with animals. BAPS may discourage or refuse the adoption of certain animals, breeds of animals, or animals of certain temperaments to families with young children.
- All adult household members, related or unrelated, must be informed and must consent to the adoption of a companion animal from BAPS. In the case of dog adoptions, where the potential adopter has a current dog in the household, the current dog will also, in most cases, be required to come to BAPS to meet the prospective new dog.
- For the safety of BAPS animals, proof of vaccination history of other animals owned by the potential adopter may be required before the person may adopt another companion animal or have that animal visit here at BAPS.
- The City of Brooks has an Animal Control Bylaw (the link is above) that all adopters should be aware of. Other municipalities may have similar bylaws. Potential adopters must be familiar with local bylaws and other legal responsibilities and must be prepared to abide by these regulations.
- Final approval of an adoption is at the sole discretion of BAPS representatives.