New Adopter- Post Adoption Info
Thank You For Adopting With Motley Zoo!
We hope that your new furry family member(s) is settling in well! Please feel free to share any stories or concerns you may have - we'd love to know how your sweetheart(s) is doing!
Action Items For New Adopters:
1. Check out Eusoh - "The best alternative to pet insurance!"
It is critical that you consider Eusoh (or traditional pet insurance) as being prepared like that can literally be the difference between being able to save your pet's life- or face surrender/ euthanization in a crisis. Many animals we take in are from such situations...it happens when you least expect it!
Eusoh is different, 99% of the time, cheaper- and it's based on members, NOT premiums.
Use code MotleyZoo and we will receive a donation for your new membership!
2. Register your new pet's microchip
The brand of chip Motley Zoo uses is called 24PetWatch. You can register the chip with them and it should be free. They do offer other paid features but you do not need these- so please be aware when selecting your options.
There is also a FREE database that has no ties to any other offers, services or products called, Found Animals. The service is provided by The Michelson Foundation, a private organization dedicated to improving the lives of animals.
3. Pet Licenses
Your city and or county may require you to obtain a pet license for your new animal.
There are many benefits to having a pet license. A license is the fastest way toward reuniting with a lost pet. As well, funds from such licenses go to fund animal control efforts- not just to keep animals off the street, but to fund shutting down dog fighting rings, building cases against animal abusers and more.
Not only is it the law in some areas (and you can be fined for not having a license), but your funds are going to promote better animal stewardship in your community.
Your employer may offer the amazing benefit of matching donations (including hours volunteered), so please check with them to see if your contribution can be matched!
These funds are critical to amplifying our efforts to save the lives of animals in need!
We are already in the databases of many companies that offer this- and if you don't see us in your, please tell us so we can inquire about how we can be included!
Motley Zoo's Rock Star Treatment Services offers great dog daycare, training and boarding- where proceeds from these services help support our rescue mission!
Dog daycare is immensely beneficial for most dogs- and especially for puppies (as young as 8 weeks)! The spectrum of socialization for your dog is widened in a way you cannot achieve alone.
We have seen daycare do amazing things for many dogs, especially those who are shy or under-socialized. We cannot stress enough the benefit of giving your dog the gift of a social life- for your sanity and the betterment of their development!
RSU is daytime "board & train" for your pups! Your dog will spend one hour of direct one-on-one time with a trainer and at minimum, one hour of free play.
RSU is great for puppies under 1 year- and older dogs alike! For puppies it helps teach them proper cues and skills, so they can graduate to RST play groups- and for older dogs it can help you work on a specific problems, or just brush up on some dusty skills.
The staff at Rock Star Treatment is comprised of (skilled volunteers and) dog trainers, so we have many opportunities for you to train with your dog too!
Each trainer has a different class curriculum and offerings as well as potentially different styles and methods for training your dog. We encourage you to explore the options and find one that works with you and your dog's needs.
Dog Agents on staff at Rock Star Treatment may offer boarding for your dog. Also, some fosters will board their former foster animals as a fundraiser for Motley Zoo- which is a winning combination: they get to see their furry friend again and it generates funds for our current rescues!
Please inquire if you are interested in dog boarding.
Cat sitting is not an option for us, though we can refer you to others we know and trust!
6. Updates & Issues
We love hearing updates about our animals and we encourage you to send them as often as you can! Sometimes what helps us smile on the toughest of days (of which there are many in rescue), is the update from a Rock Star, reminding us that this work is critical and indeed, makes a difference.
As well, we certainly hope everything goes smoothly when you get your Rock Star home and start settling in- though on occasion some issues may arise.
Please tell us immediately if you have any concerns about anything- especially health or behavior!
Our role and commitment is not just to find the animals new homes, but to help support these animals and families once they are united. Many times some simple advice can be the difference between a successful adoption and a returned animal.
Thankfully returns don't happen often, however when they do, we find most people were suffering in silence, dealing with issues they didn't know how to manage...but never said a word to us. Please don't let that happen!
We'd like to note as well, we are likely the BEST resource to ask first! If we know what problems you may be facing, we can likely recommend a trainer we feel would be most effective and beneficial for your specific issue.
It doesn't hurt to ask us- but it may hurt if you don't!
7. Pet Resource info from Bayer
This page offers some resources on basic pet issues. Take a look!
Coupons, brochures & special offers
Live in Washington state? Show your support for animal welfare by rockin' a specialty license plate advocating to SPAY, NEUTER & ADOPT - definitely something we can get behind!
These specialty plates can be purchased through the Department of Licensing. $28 of the purchase price goes to The Washington Federation of Animal Care & Control Agencies to support their Spay/Neuter Grant Program. The recently-re-designed plates are on track to raise $58,620 in 2021.
ID your pet in style and help rock rescue! Dog Tag Art supports animal welfare through their program allowing nonprofit shelters & rescues to receive donations of free pet ID tags! Check them out for their fun designs that support rescues like Motley Zoo!