Third Party Adoptions
Homeward Bound’s “Third Party Adoption” program is a service offered to help keep pets out of shelters; we provide promotion of the animals via our website, Facebook page, within the shelter, and newspaper listings while the pet remains in your home. We do not play any role in the adoption- all communications and agreements are between the pet owner and prospective adopters. There are no fees associated with our Third Party Adoption program, however we will happily accept donations to offset our expenses.
In order to keep the program running smoothly we ask that-
- The pet owner make an effort to be prompt in their communications with potential adopters
- The pet owner let us know when the animal has found a new home
- The pet owner be as thorough and accurate as possible in filling out the Third Party Adoption questionnaire
Please type your answers into the dog or cat Third Party Adoption questionnaire linked to below and email it to Michelle at email@example.com. You may also print the document, fill it out, and mail it to Homeward Bound, Attn: Michelle Shubert, 236 Boardman Street, Middlebury, VT 05753.
In addition to the completed questionnaire we need high-resolution photos of the pet you are re-homing. Most cell phone pictures are not a high enough resolution to be printed in the newspaper. If you would like assistance with pictures, you can make an appointment to bring the animal to the shelter for a photo session. We can also make house calls to take photos within a 30 minute radius of the shelter. Please contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 388-1100, ext. 232 to make an appointment. Otherwise, email your photos to Michelle at the address above.
Tips for taking your own photos-
- Take the photos in natural light if possible. Do NOT use the flash as it will reflect off your pet's eyes.
- Get down on their level rather than standing above them looking down.
- Use the largest image size your camera will allow.
- Pay attention to what is in the background behind your pet; the fewer things in the background, the more the eye is drawn to your pet rather than what is behind him or her.
- Try to catch your pet with happy, relaxed posture and facial expressions. Have a squeaky toy or treat on hand to get their attention and have them look at the camera.
- If the moment isn't right, try again later.