Thank you for considering a special needs adoption.
TARPS is a no-kill shelter so animals with problems are often brought to us. Because we tend to their needs daily, we are particularly protective of them.
A special needs animal is a huge responsibility.
We consider special needs as long term problems that can either reoccur often or will remain with the animal for the rest of their lives. Some of these issues are smaller, like allergies, which can be controlled with a particular diet requirement. Others are more serious problems like a permanent injury or congenital defect, which will take much more care and perhaps larger vet bills.
Please take your time with your decision to adopt.
Special needs adoptions are not done during our hours of operation. If you choose a special needs pet, we will make an appointment with you.
During your appointment, you will meet the animal. At that time we will discuss the animal’s particular needs and/or routine. We will do our best to answer your questions or concerns. You will be given the names and numbers of our vets to contact with your additional questions. You may be given a limited supply of their medication, a prescription, and/or some of the food our vet has recommended for use.
You will be required to sign a form stating you have been informed of the animal’s disability and advised as to its treatment. By signing this contract, you agree that you understand these instructions and are committed to caring for this animal, regardless of current and future prescription, medication and vet costs.
We will not abandon you.
As with our healthier adopted animals, we are here to help you from the moment you bring your pet home. You may call us*, with your questions or concerns. We will do our best to advise you. It is a big adjustment bringing a new pet to your home when it is healthy, a special needs animal may be even more difficult.
If at any time you find that you are unable to provide the care this animal requires, you may return it to our shelter.
*In an emergency situation contact your vet first!