Upcoming Events

Aug 17, 2017 (Thursday)
Libertyville Farmer's Market Meet and Greet

Aug 19, 2017 (Saturday)
Meet and Greet at Mischief's Brewing

Aug 20, 2017 (Sunday)
"Weekly Inspirational Message" Live On Facebook


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Adoptable Pet

Enza

Enza is a purebred rag doll cat looking for a special family of his own! He`s super sweet and simply gorgeous!

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From the Blog

What Were Your Dreams?

As I sit outside at my dirty, dog-hair-covered patio table on my grungy dog-wrecked deck, Clyde, a resident dog laying on the table, Bailey at my right, Bear at left, I think to myself, this feels just right. To someone...

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Italian Greyhounds Visit Youth Club

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Adoption Process

Because we are a foster-home based rescue organization, we do not have a shelter facility. There are two ways to see our pets that are up for adoption -- visit us at a Meet and Greet event or submit an application.

Below is a more detailed look at the adoption process.

Our Process

  1. You may come to one of our Meet and Greet events that are listed on our web site. Come visit the pets at an event. If there is a particular pet you would like to see at an event please contact us at info@aear.org the day before the event to see if that animal will be there. Not all the animals come to all the events. Some of our animals don't do well at events either. If you meet an animal you are interested in, the next step is for you fill out an application (see steps below).
  2. You can fill out an application and send it to us. If you decide to fill out an application you will get an automated response with this same letter that you are reading here. Receiving this letter after you fill out an application indicates that we have received your application.

    Please note due to LIMITED staff and busy volunteers we ONLY contact applicants we are considering for adoption. You will likely, but not always, hear from someone within 24/48 hours of submitting your application. Please understand there are various reasons someone may not be contacted.
    • It could be that the dog/cat/whatever that you are applying for is very popular and we have received many applications (this is often the purebreds and the non sheds).
    • It could be that we are already working with an applicant.
    • It could be that we don't think it's a good match. If we think you are not a good match for that particular pet DOES NOT mean we think you would be a bad pet owner in any way.
    • If you are one of a few who we are considering for an animal, but you do not get chosen, once again this does not mean we think you would be a bad pet owner.
  3. If you are contacted by an application screener, detailed information about the animal(s) you are interested in will be discussed, along with some information about you. Based on that discussion, if you and the animal are determined to be a good potential fit, then the screener will review your application with you to confirm the information provided. Additional questions will also be asked based on the animal you are interested in.
  4. In order to approve an application, two personal reference checks will also be done, along with a vet reference check if you currently (or in the recent past) have a pet. Additional checks may also be needed (for example, if you are currently renting your home, we will contact the landlord to confirm that the pet you are interested in adopting are allowed).
  5. After the application interview, reference checks, and any additional checks needed are satisfactorily completed and confirm that you and the adoptable pet are a good match, your application will be approved.
  6. A private meeting will then be scheduled with you and your family and the foster parent with the animal you are interested in. In most cases, the entire family and current dogs are requested to come to the meeting. If the meeting goes well, since your application is approved you will be able to adopt the animal from the meeting and take the animal home with you.

Additional Information

  • If you were not chosen for a pet that you wanted to adopt you can request to receive a copy of your application so you can have it in case you see another pet in our care that you would like to apply to adopt. That way you don't have to fill out another application. (Due to space limitations we do not keep applications on file for more than a few weeks.)
  • Applications for long distance adoptions are accepted, but local adoptions are preferable.
  • Puppies less than 6-7 months old are not adopted out to homes where they will be left home alone for more than 3-4 hours a day. This is due to the social and physical needs of a young puppy.
  • You must be at least 22 years old to independently adopt an animal from our organization.

We are explaining all this so we can be as clear as possible, answer any questions you might have and so there aren't any misunderstandings or hurt feelings. Our main objective is to place pets in a forever home where they will live out the rest of their lives; making sure we match up pets and owners well is vital to achieving that goal.

We are thrilled that you are considering adopting a pet. Adoption is a fantastic option!

Ready? Fill out our Adoption Application.


The Cost of Adoption

The adoption donation for each pet is listed on their individual bio page. Below is a list of what is included in your pet's adoption from AEAR compared with how much it would cost if you would get it done yourself through a veterinarian.

Estimate at Standard Veterinarian Through AEAR Adoption
~ $250 included Spay/Neuter all animals 5+ months (puppies and kittens will be adopted under the contractual agreement that they will be spayed/neutered by the adopter by the time they reach 5-6 months of age as suggested by our veterinarian)
~ $40 included Vet Wellness Check (when Rabies Vaccination is administered)
~ $20 included Rabies Vaccinations
~ $35 included Other Vaccinations... Dogs: DHPP, Bordetella ; Cats: FVRCP
~ $45 included Health Testing... Dogs: Heartworm Check ; Cats: Feline Leukemia/FIV Check (adult cats and select kittens)
~ $40 included Microchip
~ $19 included Microchip Registration
~ $12 included Preventative Initial Deworming
~ $5 included Heartworm Preventative (per month)
~ $8 included Flea/Tick Preventative (per month)
~ $474 included
in adoption
TOTAL

Plus, the vet cost estimate is only if an animal is healthy. If they arrive ill (which is often the case especially with stray, neglected or abused pets) AEAR usually spends quite a bit more to get them healthy and ready for adoption. As you can see, AEAR's adoption donations barely help defray the costs we incur saving and rehoming pets from our community. This is, of course, not including any of our other expenses relating to our work such as food and housing for homeless pets, van maintenance and gas, and Humane Investigator tools just to name a few. By no means do our adoption donations cover all our expenses. We also have to rely on private donations to continue functioning. Additional donations are always appreciated and accepted. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Note: Each pet has different needs and may require more or less medical care depending on their specific health requirements. If you have any questions regarding a pet you are considering adopting, please contact us.

 
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