Adoption FAQs

Thank You for contacting Cenla Alliance for Animals (CAFA) to help rescue an animal in need! We are very excited to help you find a new family friend! Our goal at the CAFA is to take great care of our rescue animals as they wait to find their “Furever Home”. CAFA focuses on finding good matches between dogs and families to ensure lifelong adoptions.

Q: How do I start the adoption process?
A: A complete application is required to start the adoption process and submission of an application does not guarantee the adoption of a dog.

Q: How much does it cost to adopt?
A: Our adoption fee is $525.00 for puppies & adult dogs or $325.00 for seniors.

Q: How old do I have to be to adopt?
A: You must be 23yrs of age to adopt.

Q: How does CAFA handle incoming applications?
A: We receive many inquires each day so I recommend that you complete your application as soon as possible. Applicants are not chosen on a first come first serve basis, rather, our goal is to find the home that best fits for the dog.

Q: How quickly will my application be reviewed and how soon will I hear back?
A: The speed at which your application is processed for adoption is dependent largely on how thoroughly and specifically you answer each question. Please do not leave any applicable question blank. Please include a detailed explanation for any question where you are asked to elaborate an answer.

Q: Is there an application fee or fee for applying?
A: No, there is no fee to apply.

Q: Are all animals vaccinated prior to adoption?
A: Yes, all animals are vaccinated for rabies, parvo/distemper and Bordetella prior to adoption.

Q: How does CAFA handle heartworm?
A: All adoptable animals are heartwork negative and on heartworm prevention.

Q: Does CAFA spay/neuter prior to adoption?
A: Yes.

Q: Does CAFA microchip prior to adoption?
A: Yes.

Q: Why is your application so long?
A: We understand that our application is lengthy and we appreciate your patience as we work to make sure you and the pet you choose is a perfect match!

Q: Does CAFA microchip prior to adoption?
A: Yes.

Q: I live in a home with multiple people. Can I just adopt an animal without their input?
A: No, all household members should be in agreement about the decision to adopt and be willing to play an active role in the adoption process.

Q: What happens if after adoption it isn't a good fit or I can no longer care for the animal?
A: If for any reason whatsoever the adopter(s) cannot or will not keep an animal, the animal must be returned to Cenla Alliance for Animals.

Q: What vetinary information do you require?
A: A verifiable history of vetting is required for all current and previous pets. This includes a verifiable history of appropriate wellness visits, immunizations, heart worm testing and a verifiable history of administering heart worm prevention to all dogs.

Q: How much detail should I provide?
A: When completing the application, please be willing to elaborate on how you will handle exercise, potty breaks and training.

Q: Will my dog need to adjust?
A: It will take time for your new dog to adjust to its new home, especially if you have other pets.(Usually 2-4 weeks, and sometimes longer.) They may require extra exercise or fewer visitors to your home at first. This must be an adjustment you're willing to make to your daily routine.

Q: What should I do if I have any questions or concerns during or after the adoption process?
A: We are here to serve as a resource to help you and your new companion live a long and happy life together. If we don’t have answers to your questions or concerns, we will assist you in finding the help you need.