How To Adopt
Secondhand Hounds can only adopt out to residents of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota. Our animals reside in foster homes throughout the Twin Cities area.
Potential adopters search our Dogs for Adoption or Cats for Adoption and fill out an application for animal(s) they are interested in! Your application shows that you are truly interested in meeting an animal; it is not a binding contract. If you want to meet an animal or get more information, start by filling out the application! Our adoption coordinators will process your application and reply within 48 hours of submission (Please note that our staff does not work on Sundays so that may delay processing). We will confirm rental properties/landlords approve the adoption request and check the pet limit at this time. Once your application is reviewed, it will be sent to the foster.
Meet & Greet
The foster reviews applications and if a good fit, schedules a “meet and greet.” This meeting could take place at an adoption event, our office, or at a home. Keep in mind, the foster may be meeting with multiple applicants depending on interest.
Home Visit & Rental/Veterinary Checks
If chosen to adopt, then a home visit will be conducted by the foster family or one of our home visit volunteers. At the same time, a veterinary check will be done (if applicable) to ensure adopter’s current pets are up-to-date on rabies and distemper vaccines, spayed/neutered, and FeLV/FIV for cat(s). To help expedite the process, please contact your vet and give consent to release records.
Contracts & Payment
Once the home visit is approved, the adoption coordinators request payment and send the electronic adoption contract to be signed.
Adoption fees include the cost of spay/neuter surgery, microchip implant, de-worming, flea/tick preventative, heartworm test (for dogs and puppies over nine months), feLeuk/FIV test for cats and kittens, and age-appropriate rabies/distemper vaccinations. The adoption fee for each animal can be found on their individual website listing. *Adoption fees are non-negotiable. Learn more and pay an Adoption Fee here!
Puppies and kittens must be at least eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds to be spayed/neutered before adoption.
The adoption confirmation email will be sent when everything is completed and approved for an adoption. The foster will contact the adopter at this time to coordinate pick up of their new pet!
For tips on the first 30 days after adopting a dog, please check out this article from Petfinder.com.