FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Thank you again for visiting the Friends of the Shelter Foundation (FSF) website, and for your interest in wanting to know more. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions, and other ways to help.

  1. What are the requirements for adopting pet?
    1. Check out our “How to Adopt a Dog” page for more information and to start the application process to adopt a dog.
    2. Check out our “How to Adopt a Cat” page for more information and start the application process to adopt a cat.
  2. What is the fee for adoptions?
    1. Our pet adoption fee schedule is listed in the “How to Adopt” pages, near the bottom and/or on the individual pet listing(s).
  3. How do I become a foster?
    1. Check out our “Become a Foster” page for more information and to start the application process.
    2. If you’re ready to start, fill out the foster application.
  4. Can I adopt if I’m a renter, or don’t own the property?
    1. You’ll need to have permission from your landlord, the owner, or property manager. FSF will verify permission with your listed point of contact for your lease, or living arrangement (if you’re living with a friend or family member).
  5. Can I adopt a pet if it’s intended as a gift?
    1. We generally prefer to adopt to persons, or families, that have provided express desire to have a pet, and can complete the adoption application and review process. If you’re not sure they’re ready, or want a pet, bring them to one of our adoption events and introduce them to our rescue.
  6. I don’t live in the State of Oklahoma, can I still adopt a pet?
    1. Absolutely! We created the website, and social media accounts, to promote our rescue, our cause, raise awareness, and reach those who aren’t necessarily in our neighborhood.
    2. If you’re residing outside the United States and its Territories, see the next question for more information.
  7. I don’t live in the United States of America, and am from out of the country, can I still adopt?
    1. While we do allow out of country adoptions, it is your responsibility to understand any local laws and regulations imposed by your country of residence regarding importing and housing pets.
    2. You will be required to travel to Oklahoma to meet with the foster family, if approved, and arrange for transportation.
    3. FSF will not be responsible for any transportation, lodging, boarding, fees, fines, or quarantine requirements and any costs incurred resulting from adopting a pet from us or visiting Oklahoma and the United States. You will also be responsible for any costs transporting pets back to the Foundation, should you decide not to keep an adopted pet.
    4. You’ll also be required to submit a complete adoption application and meet our requirements for approval.
    5. See question about arranging ‘out of state transportation’ for information on transporting our pets.
    6. If you’re still not sure about adopting, and have some questions about eligibility, feel free to submit a contact request.
  8. Does FSF arrange out of state transportation of an adopted pet if we’re not in Oklahoma or the Oklahoma City metro area?
    1. Unfortunately, we no longer have a preferred partner or offer transportation assistance outside of our volunteer area. So, you’ll be responsible for selecting a reputable service, friend, or family member that can arrange pick up with the foster family. Out of country adopters will be required to pick up pets in person (see question above).
    2. Oklahoma is a great state to visit! The Oklahoma City metro area has a major Airport: Will Rogers Airport Oklahoma City, OK. We always recommend meeting your pet, and you can always plan a road trip back home! FSF will not reimburse you for any expenses.
    3. Keep in mind that every pet relocation service provider may have different rules, fees, and costs associated.
    4. FSF will not be responsible for any costs incurred as a result of your choosing to use a third party transport, and we can’t be responsible if something goes wrong during the trip.
    5. We are also unable to verify third party providers, but will coordinate with your selected provider, friend, or family member who intends to safely transport your pet.
      1. If we feel the pet isn’t being transported in a safe or humane manner, we will not allow transfer of the pet, and will contact you to address those concerns.
      2. FSF will not allow transport of any adopted or fostered pets via cargo or freight carriers. This includes flying pets in cargo spaces/baggage check or freight shipping carriers and containers.
      3. Flights require the pet to be seated inside the cabin, with an assigned seat and ticket.
    6. You’ll coordinate directly with the foster family to arrange for pick up of the pet.
    7. If you’re not sure what services have been used in your area, try reaching out to your local shelter. If you haven’t already, check out your local rescue(s), as they’ve likely used a provider near you, or you might find a pet closer to home.
  9. What are the requirements for adopting pet?
    1. You must be of legal age in your state or country of residence.
    2. Be the owner of the home or property where you live, or have landlord or property management approval to house a pet. We will contact those listed to confirm approval to house a pet at your residence.
    3. Review the requirements for adopting a dog and/or cat:
      1. Check out our “How to Adopt a Dog” page for more information and to start the application process to adopt a dog.
      2. Check out our “How to Adopt a Cat” page for more information and start the application process to adopt a cat.
  10. What should I do if I believe there is a breed restriction where I live?
    1. We recommend you reach out to your property manager, owner, or local municipality if you believe there is a breed restriction in place.
    2. It’s important you research and follow any established rules, policies, or laws in your area. FSF will not be liable for any deposits, fees, and/or fines that may result from adopting one of our pets. Rules and laws vary by jurisdiction and FSF is not able to determine breed restrictions at your residence, unless we’re told during the application process.
  11. What is the fee for adoptions?
    1. Our pet adoption fee schedule is listed in the “How to Adopt” pages, near the bottom and/or on the individual pet listing(s).
  12. How do I become a foster?
    1. Check out our “Become a Foster” page for more information and to start the application process.
    2. Cats are housed at Pawtopia in Norman, OK and Bone Dog Boutique. However, we always have a need for cat friendly homes!
  13. Can I adopt if I’m a renter, or don’t own the property?
    1. You’ll need to have permission from your landlord, the owner, or property manager. FSF will verify permission with your listed point of contact for your lease, or living arrangement (if you’re living with a friend or family member).
  14. Can I adopt a pet if it’s intended as a gift?
    1. We generally prefer to adopt to persons, or families, that have provided express desire to have a pet, and can complete the adoption application and review process. If you’re not sure they’re ready or want a pet, bring them to one of our adoption events, and introduce them to our rescue.
  15. I don’t live in Oklahoma, can I still adopt a pet?
    1. Absolutely! We created the website, and social media accounts, to promote our rescue, our cause, raise awareness, and reach those who aren’t necessarily in our neighborhood.
  16. Does FSF arrange out of state transportation of an adopted pet if we’re not in Oklahoma or the Oklahoma City metro area?
    1. Unfortunately, we no longer have a preferred partner or offer transportation assistance outside of our volunteer area. So, you’ll be responsible for selecting a reputable service, friend, or family member that can arrange pick up with the foster family.
    2. Oklahoma is a great state to visit! The Oklahoma City metro area has a major Airport: Will Rogers Airport Oklahoma City, OK. We always recommend meeting your pet, and you can always plan a road trip back home! FSF will not reimburse you for any expenses.
    3. Keep in mind that every pet relocation service provider may have different rules, fees, and costs associated.
    4. FSF will not be responsible for any costs incurred as a result of your choosing to use a third party transport, and we can’t be responsible if something goes wrong during the trip.
    5. We are also unable to verify third party providers, but will coordinate with your selected provider, friend, or family member who intends to safely transport your pet.
      1. If we feel the pet isn’t being transported in a safe or humane manner, we will not allow transfer of the pet, and will contact you to address those concerns.
      2. FSF will not allow transport of any adopted or fostered pets via cargo or freight carriers. This includes flying pets in cargo spaces/baggage check or freight shipping carriers and containers.
    6. You’ll coordinate directly with the foster family to arrange for pick up of the pet.
    7. If you’re not sure what services have been used in your area, try reaching out to your local shelter. If you haven’t already, check out your local rescue(s), as they’ve likely used a provider near you, or you might find a pet closer to home.

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