Applications for Adoption
Please read the adoption process and policies below. Once all is read and understood, you may fill out an application form for the animal breed you wish to adopt. We will be in touch with you shortly after you submit your application for more details.
STEP 01. ADOPTION APPLICATION
To adopt, first complete our adoption application form. There are separate forms for cats, barn cats, horses and dogs. These forms can be found within each animal profile. If you have any issues with our online forms, please contact our Dog Adoption Coordinator.
STEP 02. APPLICATION REVIEW
Following submission of an adoption application, the Adoptions Coordinator will review the application and email the applicant within 24-48 hours with an update on the status.
STEP 03. MEET & GREET
Once your application is approved, the foster family will contact you within 48 hours to arrange a “meet and greet” for your family and your potential adoptive pet. We ask that these meetings be arranged as soon as possible, and no later than the upcoming next weekend. We require all family members to be present for the “meet and greet”. ** For out of province, we will accept video of location done on date of contract**
STEP 04. FOR DOG ADOPTIONS
Once you have met the dog/puppy you would like to potentially adopt, we ask that you take a day to think about it. Discuss the adoption openly and fully with all members of the household. Ensure that the dog matches what your family is looking for.
If after this time you feel the animal is the right match, please contact the adoption coordinator with your decision no later than 24 hours after the meeting.
STEP 04. FOR CAT ADOPTIONS
We encourage you to take a day to think about and discuss the adoption. However, we allow same-day adoptions for cats. Please come prepared with a pet carrier if you wish to complete a same-day adoption. Applicants are asked to leave the foster family for a minimum of 1 hour and return to the foster home to complete the adoption. During this time adoption fees must be paid prior to the foster home releasing the cat. See below for adoption fees, and how to pay.
For kittens under the age of 6 months, we prefer for an adoption with a feline companion. Kittens require stimulation and interaction with other cats/kittens for healthy social development. Kittens that remain with a littermate or cat companion, tend to be happier and healthier. The kitten will be better socialized than a kitten that is isolated from other felines at an early age.
STEP 05. FINALIZE ADOPTION
If all parties, the adoption committee, foster family, and prospective adoptive family, are in favour of the adoption, and this is not a same-day cat adoption, you can pick up your new family member the following day, or arrange a mutually beneficial time with the foster home. We do request that you apply only when you are ready to take your new pet home, and we ask animals to go home within a week from your “meet and greet”. Please be prepared for your new pet, with food, a bed, toys, and bowls, before he/she comes home.
Policies & Procedures
Dreamweaver Lane believes in the Open Adoptions Methods. We have very few policies for adopters, but look to find great matches for both our pets and potential adopters. We have removed blanket adoption restrictions and believe in treating each adopter and adoption on an individual basis.
*Please note that the animals in our care have uncertain pasts. We do our best to guess at age/breed/size, but we can never be certain. We also cannot guarantee health or temperament.
Our policy is to facilitate adoptions in Manitoba. Some exceptions have been made when the applicants are within reasonable driving distance. We do not do adoptions outside of Canada, and will not ship animals.
LONG DISTANCE ADOPTIONS (DOGS)
At the discretion of the adoption committee, we may agree in the event of a long distance adoption, that a dog can go home the same day, but applicants are asked to leave the foster family for a minimum of 1 hour, then return to the foster home to complete the adoption. All parties must still be in favor of the adoption, including adoptions committee, foster family, and the prospective adoptive family. We allow for same-day adoption for cats.
OVER NIGHT / TRIAL PERIODS
We do not do overnight or trial periods for our animals. As moving homes can be extremely stressful we do not feel this is fair for our animals. As there are often many challenges in the first few days and weeks following an adoption and we hope our adopters would be committed to this process. We on occasion will allow for short visits in the new home depending on the circumstances.
Renters/Condo Owners need to confirm with their landlord/condo board that they are allowed a pet and check if there are any restrictions including size, specific dog breeds and pet-related damage deposits.
We do not adopt animals as gifts for someone else.
VACCINATIONS / DEWORMING
Dreamweaver Lane provides vaccinations for all animals due while in our care. The adoptive family is responsible for vaccinations and continued deworming that come due after the adoption is completed, which can include on-going treatment for minor ailments such as worms.
SPAY / NEUTER POLICY
All of our animals are spayed or neutered prior to adoption; this cost is included in our adoption fee.
IF YOU HAVE DOGS AND / OR CATS
All canine members must be present at the “meet and greet” for adoptable dogs. Cats do not need to attend meet and greets and dogs do not need to attend for adoptable cats. However, we strongly suggest slow introductions if you choose to welcome your new cat into your home.