Journey Home Animal Rescue Adoption Application
Greetings! Thank you for your interest in adopting through Journey Home Animal Rescue.

The adoption application has many questions that will help us match owners to the right pet. Don't worry about having the perfect answers, just answer truthfully. We ask some questions that a new pet owner might not have considered and may find helpful to think about prior to bringing a pet home and to help find a lifelong match.

The adoption application is the first step in meeting the pet you are interested in adopting. Please fill in all the fields as the application can not be submitted with blank fields. We do background checks and call references. We do require all animals in the home to be spayed or neutered and up to date on annual care.

It is important to apply at the time you are ready to adopt as we cannot hold pets or process an application if you are not ready to adopt the pet at that time (including vacations). We do a lot of up-front work when you submit an application and try to process it in a timely manner, and ask you do the same.

If your preferred pet is already pending or unavailable, we are committed to finding you a match!

If you have not already read through our website, please read the informational adoption pages as they will give you many answers and information on how our organization processes applications and more about our adoption process.

You are applying to adopt through Journey Home Animal Rescue. We are interested in what particular animal you may be interested in however the approval process is not for that particular pet only. Meaning, you do not have to submit an application for every individual pet you may be interested in. We will process the one application for adoption, contact you when it has been completed, and then match you up with the pet(s). Any questions, please email info@journeyhomeanimalrescue.org. All correspondence handled through email.
Email address *
Confirm Email Address (Please check this email frequently and respond in a timely manner. Once your application is approved, you will be emailed.) *
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Full Name (please provide first, middle, and last name) *
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Birthdate (must be 18 years or older) *
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Address *
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City, State, Zip *
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Phone Number *
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Best way and time to contact you: (Example: Home phone after 6:00 pm during week) *
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Co-applicant Names and Birthdate (if none, put NA) *
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Type of home you live in *
Do you have a fenced yard (not required)? *
Do you own or rent your home? *
If you rent or are a roommate or child of the home owner, please provide the landlord or owner's name and phone number. (We also need to know if there are any restrictions, such as species, size, or breed of dog, etc.)
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Pet Applying For (Include pet's name, multiple names, or write "please recommend a match". Please list the pets in the order you are MOST interested in.) Your application is a general application to adopt through the organization. Once approved to adopt, you are approved overall. *
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If this pet is no longer available are you willing to consider another pet? *
1st Personal Reference (Please provide name for personal reference-- someone that knows you and provide insight on your character, how you treat your pets, etc.) These references CANNOT live in your home with you OR be blood relatives. *
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1st Personal Reference Contact Info: Please number and email
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2nd Personal Reference (Please provide name for personal reference-- someone that knows you and provide insight on your character, how you treat your pets, etc.) These references CANNOT live in your home with you OR be blood relatives. *
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2nd Personal Reference Contact Info: Please number and email *
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Please list the ages of people in the home. *
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Is anyone living in the home allergic to animals? (If yes, please explain how you will handle this.) *
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Are all people in the home in favor of adopting an animal? *
List the pets currently in your home. (Please include: name, species/breed, age, sex, spay/neuter status, and how long you have had them) *
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Do all of your pets live inside your home? (If no, please explain) *
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Are your pets up to date with annual exams and vaccinations (rabies, distemper/parvo, feline distemper)? (If no, please explain. Bordatella is not required but strongly recommended) *
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Are all of your pets spayed or neutered? (If no, please explain) *
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How do your pets react to other dogs and cats? *
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Are you prepared financially for annual and emergency vet care? *
Do you have plans to enroll in obedience class for your new dog? *
Veterinary Reference (Please call your vet and give permission for Journey Home Animal Rescue to access your records) Please provide the clinic name and phone number of the clinic(s) of any pets your have owned in the past 10 years. Also provide the name the records are under: *
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Have you ever given away, sold, or surrendered your dog or cat? Explain please. *
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Has a pet ever disappeared, been killed or injured, or mistreated while in your care? (If yes, please explain) *
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Explain where the dog/cat will be kept while you are away from the house or on a trip. *
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How long will the dog/cat be left home alone during the day? *
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How will your pet be exercised and how often? *
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Do you believe in correct, positive reinforcement, or other (for training)? Please explain. (This is helpful in finding a good match based on history and evaluation of the individual pets in rescue) *
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Do you acknowledge there can be disagreements and will you strive to ease the transition and provide care and guidance as needed? (There can be fear and anxiety during the transition time- which can be anywhere from days, to weeks, to months- until the dog/cat is comfortable in your home.) *
Do you have plans to crate train? Explain *
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Are you open to housebreaking your new pet? (Regardless of housebreaking status in foster, accidents are expected from any pet during a transition) *
What activity level are you looking for in a pet? Explain please *
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What are your plans to keep the pet safe while outdoors? ie: fence, invisible fence, tether, or leash. Explain please *
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Will your pet be left outdoors when you are gone or at night? Explain please *
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Are you prepared to move forward with adoption at this time assuming the pet is a match? Are you ready to adopt as soon as the application is processed and it has been determined the pet is a match for your family? (We can not hold pets or applications.) *
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Why are you interested in the pet you have chosen? If you have not listed a specific pet, please let us know what qualities you are looking for in your future pet. *
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What would be your reasons you would surrender your pet? Have you needed to surrender a pet in the past? If so, please explain. (We require all pets to come back to Journey Home Animal Rescue if you cannot keep in the future. We expect our adopters to make lifelong commitments when pursuing an adoption.) *
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Are you willing to consult with a trainer and/or pet behaviorist if your pet displayed a training and/or behavioral issue? (We have seen pets sent back to rescue that could have had behavioral situations resolved with a little extra effort) *
I acknowledge Journey Home Animal Rescue cannot guarantee behaviors when pets are introduced to new environments, dogs, cats, etc. *
Are you currently or have you ever been a foster/adopter/volunteer for Journey Home Animal Rescue? *
Journey Home Animal Rescue does their very best to keep the website and social media as up to date as possible. I understand that the pet I am interested in may not be available and Journey Home will do the best to provide recommendations or place me on the waiting list. *
I understand in order to keep my place in line for the pet I am interested in, I must reply within 48 hours of each e-mail communication or Journey Home will move to the next application in line. *
I understand that Journey Home Animal Rescue adoption fees are non-refundable once an adoption finalizes. This includes situations where the pet is surrendered back to Journey Home Animal Rescue. *
How did you hear about Journey Home Animal Rescue? *
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If you would like to add any notes to your application, please do so here. We look forward to working with you to find one of our pets a forever home.
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I have answered all questions and provided all needed references truthfully and honestly to the best of my knowledge. I will do my best to comply with Journey Home Animal Rescue adoption policies, which include providing a loving and safe environment for the lifetime of my new pet. Type in your name and today's date. *
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Occasionally we receive more than one application on a specific animal. Applications are approved and considered in the order in which they are received. If the pet you applied for gets approved for another adopter (because their application was received first), we will strive to help find you a great fit for your family.
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Thank you for your interest in adopting from Journey Home Animal Rescue! We are volunteer ran so please be patient as we process your application. The adoption process is highlighted below. If you do not hear from a home visit coordinator within one week, please contact us at info@journeyhomeanimalrescue.org. Also please note applications outside of Grand Forks and Fargo areas take longer to process as we need to find a rescue volunteer to assist with the home visit. Thank you and have a great day. All correspondence handled through email info@journeyhomeanimalrescue.org
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Step 1 - COMPLETED! Research and plan. Bringing a new pet into your family and home is extremely exciting decision. We want to help prepare you and the pet for success and make sure the decision is well and thought out.  Have a plan for what you will do in cases of an emergency, when you are going to vacation, and/or doing obedience classes with your newly adopted pet, etc.  
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Step 2 - COMPLETED! Complete an adoption application.  If you have additional questions on pets, its best to fill out an application as this will initiate communication.  The adoption application is for your to tell us about yourself and the environment your pet will be living in, and your lifestyle. We would like to know as much as we can to help ensure a good match for a successful, lifelong relationship.         
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Step 3 - We will carefully review your application, complete background checks, call veterinary references and personal references.  We contact your veterinary and personal references to ensure all current and/or deceased pets were properly taken care of, including current on all vaccinations and altered.  We require all animals in the home to be either spayed or neutered. Journey Home Animal Rescue reserves the right to deny any applications that we deem unfit or unsuitable for the animal.​ This process can take up to 10 days at times.  
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Step 4 - The applicant will be contacted for a home visit by an authorized Journey Home Animal Rescue representative. This is an informal opportunity for us to get to know you and answer additional questions you may have.  ​            
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Step 5 - After the above steps are completed and processed, you will receive an email of approval or denial. An approved application means you can adopt from Journey Home. It does not always mean you will be adopting the animal applied for.
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Step 6 - Adopt! After your application is approved we will arrange to meet the pet and if it's a good match, to adopt. Don't forget a collar, ID tag, leash, and kennel.  We love hearing updates on Journey Home adopted pets and will always be available to help answer any questions, make training recommendations, and assist you in providing the forever loving home for your new pet.​​
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