How it Works for Adopters

With Our Gratitude

Before anything else, we want to say thank you for planning to adopt a pet! And congratulations on choosing Get Your Pet — the simplest, smartest and most humane way to adopt.


The Future is Here

Get Your Pet has been called “the future of pet adoption” because, although shelters are a necessary last resort for strays and abused animals, they are no place for our beloved pets. Yet, each year, 2.5 million pets end up there, because Guardians (current owners) who love them just can’t keep them. Tragically, because of lack of space, animal shelters euthanize just about this same number of animals (pets and strays) each year.

Together with Get Your Pet, you can help save a wonderful animal companion from getting caught up in the system by adopting a dog or cat directly from one good home to another — yours.

See how direct adoption works, or read on for details…


Start Looking for Your Pet

With, you’ll benefit from viewing up-to-date pet profiles, meeting potential pets in a non-shelter environment and speaking with their actual Guardians. All we need is your zip code to show you the available pets that are local to you. Filter your search by species, size, and gender. Browse until you find one or more pets that you feel good about. It’s that easy.

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When you want to make contact with one or more pet Guardians, it’s time for you to join the Get Your Pet Community. Joining costs you nothing. As a member, you will be able to search in depth for the pet you want; exchange unlimited, secure messages with any Guardian who has published a pet profile; and arrange meet-ups. All of the information you and the Guardians exchange on is anonymous and secure.

To join Get Your Pet, just provide your payment information to verify that you are able to pay for an adoption, if you adopt. Your card is charged nothing unless you adopt a pet. For more details, see What Does it Cost?

When both you and a Guardian feel ready, you can arrange to meet up.


Meeting Up

You and the Guardian with their pet can meet wherever you like. Most people choose a neutral place, such as a park that is convenient. This allows you to meet your potential pet in a location where (unlike in a shelter) the pet behaves calmly and naturally. You will also meet the Guardian, the person who has lived with the pet and knows the pet best.

Get Your Pet supplies you with a list of questions to ask a Guardian.

Also, see Tips for the Meet-Up to get the most out of your meeting.

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Vet Exam and Adoption

If everybody agrees that it’s a good match, you and the Guardian and the pet visit a participating Get Your Pet veterinarian for an initial exam: This is part of the Adoption Package, so there is no extra charge for the exam beyond the adoption fee. Many vets included on our list also offer a free rabies vaccination, if needed. If you are satisfied with the veterinarian’s findings, you can transfer ownership of the pet and complete the adoption right in the vet office. See tips for the vet exam and adoption.

Your credit or debit card will be charged the $99 adoption fee only after a Guardian transfers their pet to you. Get Your Pet’s fee is ½ to ⅓ of what a shelter or rescue usually charges. And a portion of the proceeds goes to benefit local animal shelters. For more details, see What Does it Cost?

The adoption fee covers:

  1. Initial examination by a Get Your Pet participating veterinarian
  2. Legal, documented adoption
  3. Eligibility for 30 days’ free of pet insurance from Trupanion
  4. The right to re-list the pet on Get Your Pet at no charge if the adoption doesn’t work out in the first 30 days
  5. The right to adopt an alternative pet at half the price

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Get Your Pet will be with you every step of the way in the adoption process, with prompts and tips to help you find the pet that is right for you. You’ll see: it really is a simpler, smarter, and more humane way to adopt.

So, if you’re ready, let’s get your search started!

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