Westside Animals for Adoption
We are a 501 (c) (3) rescue and adoption program and a part of Best Friends Pet Resort & Canine Academy's commitment to partner with the community to enable a more compassionate place for pets. We find great forever homes for our unwanted dogs. We help people become responsible and educated pet owners.
To Adopt a Dog
We have a simple process. We want to get the right match so we'd like to know about your lifestyle, presence of children or other pets, living situation, preference for certain types of dogs and energy levels. If a match is made, prospective owners complete an adoption agreement and submit it along with an adoption fee at the time of adoption. Prospective owners agree to a home visit to help make the right placement for a pet, but home visits may be waived depending on the circumstances. WAA accepts a pet's return with a refund within a month for any reason. After that the pet may be returned but the fee is not refunded.
Pets are evaluated for proper behavior; however, there is no way to be absolutely sure that what it does for us will occur in your home. How a pet responds depends on your ability to manage in your life environment and educate the pet, as well as on its previous experiences.
Adopting a previously owned pet can entail some frustrations during the period of adjustment, but it is also a delightful opportunity to find a best friend. We believe that pets and people can be wonderfully adaptable and adoptions are the beginning of a great relationship. Plus you have done your share of taking an unwanted soul into your loving home. Best Friends Pet Resort trainer can help smooth the transition for you and your new furry friend.
Every dog ready for adoption has been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, licensed and chipped. We work with their manners and social skills daily. Many of our pets have a known history of health and behavior; some walk in as strays. Our goal is to help match the right pet to your needs.
Adopted pets become eligible for reduced boarding rates at Best Friends Pet Resort.
To Place a Dog in Our Program
Westside Animals for Adoption accepts a limited number of dogs from owners who are unable to keep them. Every effort will be made to find a great, permanent home for each dog accepted. Well-behaved and socialized pets are more likely to find the next great home quickly.
Owners relinquishing their pets will sign a contract and may pay a small release fee, the amount of which depends on whether the dog has been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped This fee defrays some of the expense of sheltering and promoting a pet for adoption.
How to Help: Adopt, Donate, Volunteer, Tell Your Friends
Many thanks to the local veterinarians and partnering businesses who help out with food, supplies and veterinary care.
More information can be found on our website or call us at 209-892-3114.
Saving Mercy is an inspiring story how people came together to save one life. It was created by Bill Oxenrider, a volunteer with Westside Animals for Adoption.
Here is a very funny story about one moment in the life of a shelter volunteer and a dog by Bill Oxenrider.