The animal adoption form! The gateway for a pet to be matched with their FURever home! Should it really be such a daunting form? Here at Pawlytics, we don’t think so!

Creating the PURRfect adoption form for your animal rescue or animal shelter can be simple. It should serve as a way for people interested in adopting to connect with you about your available animals. Here are some tips to help get you started:

  1. When writing your adoption form, keep it short, simple, and to the point. Long-drawn-out adoption forms tend to discourage people from filling them out. Does this person want to provide a loving and caring home? Great! Get their name, phone number, email, and contact them!
  2. Avoid discriminating language. Eliminate discriminatory questions that may create unnecessary barriers. These can include homeownership status, if they have a fenced-in yard, the brand of pet food they use, whether or not they have ever re-homed a pet. Your forms should be used to help you find a loving home. They are not a tool to discriminate or judge.
  3. Don’t think of it as an “Application”. People interested in adopting a pet, are not applying for a job, and we don’t believe they should be treated in that manner. The less “scary” we can make the adoption form, the more open you seem to people interested in helping you save lives! In our template below, we have removed language, such as “Application” or “Apply”.

Need a place to start? We’ve got you covered. Check out our adoption form template here. This form will help you find a good match for your animal in need by asking about the number of people in their household, the other animals, and the activity level in the home.

Once you create your adoption form and start receiving submissions, you will also need a place to organize and read them. Pawlytics can be a great place to start! We are here to help you create, manage, and engage your fosters in your life-saving efforts! You can check out Pawlytics applications in a free trial here.

Here’s to helping pets in need a happy home!