After You Adopt

Thank you for adopting your new cat or dog from PAWS and giving a homeless animal a second chance!

PAWS has matched nearly 150,000 families with companion animals, giving us the experience and knowledge to make your adoption a success. We hope you will be very happy together! 

If you need advice or guidance along the way, or simply want to let us know how your new companion is settling in, please use the following information to guide you or to reach us.

Adoption packet

When you adopted your pet, you received a packet with important information about your new companion, including medical records and information about the adoption process. The dog and cat adoption packets are full of helpful hints, and include the “Healthy Start Certificate” from VCA Animal Hospitals.

We encourage you to keep the packet in a safe place along with your other important papers. If you have misplaced items from the packet please contact us for assistance.

Please also refer to our Helpful Resources page for links to external sources of information that might also be helpful as you settle in with your new companion.

Contact PAWS staff

PAWS wants to keep in touch so we can help you bond with your new companion.

If you have immediate questions, we encourage you to look through your dog or cat adoption packet. Most common questions—such as what vaccines your cat or dog has received—can be found on the animal’s kennel card found inside the packet.

If you have questions that aren’t answered in the adoption packet or in our online resource library, please call 425.787.2500 x803 or send us a message from our contact page.

Online resource library

PAWS’ online library has resource sheets on behavior and care that supplement the adoption packet. Reading them will help you improve your relationship with your new companion.

Share your story

We again thank you for giving a homeless animal a loving home. When an animal leaves PAWS for his or her 'new beginning' we feel great joy for them and their new family. 

But it doesn’t end there for us. It makes our day when we hear how cats and dogs we’ve cared for at PAWS are getting on in their new homes. 

We’d LOVE to know how things are going, and hope you’ll keep in touch as you and your new companion settle into your forever life together. Your story may even be chosen for our PAWS Where Are They Now? blog series, our magazine, or an issue of our monthly e-Newsletter!

There are many ways you can reach us with your updates:

We very much hope your adoption experience with PAWS has been a positive one, and we've made you feel like a member of the PAWS family. If you’d like to continue supporting us, we’d encourage you to explore other ways to get involved such as volunteering, becoming a foster care provider, or participating in one of our events.

Give us your feedback

Your constructive feedback about our adoption process helps us improve the process and the information we provide. Please take a few moments to complete an adoption follow-up survey.