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 in this regard.
Action Items For New Adopters:
1. Shop for pet insurance
We do highly recommend pet insurance. It can literally be the difference between being able to save your pet's life- or face surrender or euthanization in a crisis. As well, the younger the animal, the better to get started before a "pre-existing" condition may creep into the picture.
We recommend shopping around for a policy with brands like Healthy Paws or Trupanion, or Figo who may offer free 30-day policies for new pets. There are many more insurance companies too, however these mentioned, tend to be the best rated.
Although Motley Zoo does everything in our power to prevent any health issues before you go home, we are dealing with live animals and anything can happen. Signing up for a policy (especially with a free offer) will save time, money and heartache if something came up- so please take advantage!
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, so please be aware when selecting your options.
There is a FREE database as well 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.
4. Employee Matching
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!
We are already in the system of many companies. These funds are critical to amplifying our efforts to save the lives of animals in need!
Motley Zoo offers referrals and support after your adoption- as well we offer some great services such as dog daycare, training and (on a limited basis), boarding! When you utilize our services to help your dog, we put the funds towards saving more animals, so it's win-win!
Our 6,000 square foot facility in Redmond, called The Studio, is where we watch over already owned dogs during the day (M-F 7a-7p)- keep them busy, tire them out- and the funds from the service help us support the rescue animals!
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, to a degree, you cannot achieve alone.
If you are always there when socializing, your dog will only feel confident in new situations if you are present too. However, dogs who attend daycare learn to generalize about the world around them- better preparing them for any new situation they may encounter. Dog daycare goes a long way to helping your dog find confidence so that new places, people and things, are no big deal!
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!
The staff at Rock Star Treatment is comprised of (skilled volunteers and) dog trainers, so we have many opportunities for you!
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.
Group classes are held at the Studio, however, some trainers offer private and/ or in-home sessions as well.
Dog Agents on staff at Rock Star Treatment may offer boarding for your dog- though this is on a limited basis and some restrictions apply. As well, 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 less of an option for us, though we can occasionally accommodate. If not, we can typically refer you to someone else we already know and trust!