To make adoption events as successful as possible and to minimize liability exposure for each organization who participates in adoption events, the following Group Adoption Event Standards have been developed. In order to participate, each participating organization must agree to adhere to the following standards:
- Because adoption events are organized to help curb the pet overpopulation problem in Oklahoma, we ask that all dogs or cats offered for adoption be rescued from Oklahoma, preferably from the Green Country area.
- The organization must comply with the following animal care requirements:
- All dogs and cats must be spayed or neutered (unless determined by a veterinarian to be medically contraindicated).
- All cats must be given a Rabies vaccine and FVRCP vaccine, and be screened for FeLV/FIV.
- All dogs must be given a Rabies vaccine and DHLPP (or equivalent) vaccine, and be screened for Heartworm.
- All animals must be fed, housed, and exercised appropriately for their species.
- The health and well-being of the animals is of utmost importance. No sick or injured animals should be present at an adoption event. Animals must be sufficiently healthy to withstand several hours at such an event.
- The organization must immediately remove any animal that presents aggressive behavior.
- The organization must bring the appropriate number of staff or volunteers. As a guide, there should be at least two people to staff your information table and one volunteer per leashed dog.
- Bring all needed equipment and items to the adoption event including a tent and banner, tables and chairs, crates and carriers, water bowls, water, food, treats, leashes, etc., unless specifically told that these items will be made available at the site.
- Volunteers and staff must be easily identifiable, e.g. wear shirts with their individual group’s name and logo, name tags, etc.
- Arrive on time and in plenty of time to set up prior to the beginning of the event and stay until the end of the event.
- Clean up after the animals and ensure your booth area is free of trash and pet waste prior to leaving the event.
- In the event of any accident or injury involving an animal or human (rescue representative or event guest), please notify an OAA representative immediately.
Your cooperation in complying with these standards is essential in promoting the spirit of collaboration needed to create communities where no healthy, adoptable companion animal is euthanized simply because it doesn’t have a home.