Because Animals Matter (BAM) was founded in March, 2006 by J. Schilling after seeing a need in the community for an animal welfare organization. BAM serves the Hurricane Valley and surrounding areas as a resource for many companion-animal related issues. BAM is fully funded by donations, wills, and bequests, and functions entirely on the support of volunteers. We do not receive any state or federal funding, nor are we a United Way agency. Whenever possible, BAM offers animals for adoption through a network of foster homes, as we work without a traditional facility.
Since our animals all live in foster care we recommend speaking to the foster parent/family of the pet you are interested in. Our foster parents' know the dog or cat best, and are always looking for each pet's best possible forever family. The phone number of a pet's foster is listed on each Petfinder profile. How to adopt an animal: 1. Prepare for your visit. If you and the pet's foster parent think there is a potential match, a meeting will be scheduled at each party's convenience. It's recommended that you plan to involve the entire family (human and dog) that your new pet will come in contact with. As many potential adopters choose to try an overnight visit prior to completing the adoption process, we also suggest being prepared with a leash and collar for a dog or a cat carrier for a cat. You should also contact your landlord or homeowners association regarding any pet policy or restrictions. 2. Visit the pet(s). For dogs, initial meet and greets often take place at local dog parks in order to introduce current resident dogs to the potential new pet. It's recommended that you allow at least one hour, though many people feel a connection with an animal immediately. If your visit is a positive experience and you want to proceed with the adoption, you will need to complete BAM's Adoption Application. This form is required prior to any overnight trial placements. Should you want to fill out the application prior to a pet visit, the application and contract can be downloaded to your computer. Use Adobe Acrobat or Preview for completion on your compute or print for completion by hand. Once filled in completely print the files for physical/mail delivery or scan the completed application and email it to BAM. Please mail applications to Because Animals Matter, PO Box 213, Hurricane, UT 84737, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org unless otherwise specified by the foster parent you have communicated with. 3. Completing the adoption! Your foster contact will review your application and call to check on your continued interest in the animal. A home visit may be scheduled. If your application is approved you will be asked to complete the Adoption Contract, and pay the requested fee(s) for the animal(s). You will be given the animal's medical records and some food to get you started.