How to Adopt 

At Protectors of Animals, we take a very personal approach to our dog adoption process.  We believe that the key to making a perfect and permanent dog-to-home match is to get to know both the dog and the prospective adopters as best we can. We work closely with our dogs to get a sense for the best home environments for them, and we engage prospective adopters in a personal conversation about your situation and what type of dog you're looking for. Each dog has an adoption counselor, who gets to know the dog very well, and who can consult with prospective adopters individually to address your needs as well as those of the dog.  Perhaps you have questions about the dog that you'd like to ask before meeting them.  Perhaps you have special needs - like someone who is allergic, or you have cats or another dog.  Or perhaps you are simply diligent and rightfully particular about which dog you wish to spend the next 8 to 15 years of your life with.  We like diligence!  It leads to successful and permanent placements.
You'll want to meet the dog, of course, before making your choice.  You should expect, and we will require, for you to come meet the dog as part of the process.  But since we are all volunteers with Protectors of Animals, we keep our available dogs in local, private kennels around the Hartford area, where the dogs are housed and fed.  The dogs are viewable by appointment only, following a consultation with the adoption counselor, and pending a completed application.
Our easy, online dog adoption application form is available at this link.  Please fill this out and note which dog you are interested in on the application.  This will go out to the adoption counselor and they will get back to you as quickly as possible.  We are all volunteers and depending on the volume of applications it may take about a week to hear back.
Thank you for choosing to rescue a dog, and thank you for coming to POA during your search.


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Mail & Cat Adoption Center: 144 Main St. Unit O East Hartford, CT. 06118
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