Jen and Laura dreamed of a safe haven for senior animals that are generally considered "less adoptable" or "difficult to place." As owners and lovers of elderly pets, they realized these animals needed their help and homes. Senior Pet and Animal Rescue (SPAAR) transformed that dream into a heartfelt reality. SPAAR is committed to educating the public about the advantages of adopting a senior animal and on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. We work directly and individually with pet owners to help keep senior animals with their families and in their homes, reducing the number of senior animals that are surrendered to shelters. At this time, SPAAR is a 100% foster-based, 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization located in Pittsburgh, PA. While our long-term plan includes a safe, comfortable space dedicated to senior animals, currently all of our animals, including those in hospice care, reside in foster homes.
1. We encourage you to search our adoptable animals to learn more about them and see which one might be a perfect fit for your family. 2. Complete the adoption application as fully and honestly as possible. If you aren't committed to a particular animal or have more questions, we recommend that you fill out the adoption application prior to emailing SPAAR. If you would like SPAAR to recommend a pet that we feel would best suit your home, leave the animal name blank on the adoption application. 2. A SPAAR representative will review your application and contact your references. 3. If we determine you and one of our adoptable animals are a good match, we will contact you to arrange a home visit and meet the animal. To match adoptable dogs with families who currently own dogs, we will meet at a neutral area after we complete a home check. Please understand that a SPAAR representative may suggest an alternative animal for adoption than the one for which you have applied. 4. If SPAAR receives more than one application for the same animal, we will determine the best home for the animal. 5. If we feel the animal is a good fit with your family, we will then arrange a required two-week home trial period. At the end of two weeks, if both parties still feel that it is a good fit, SPAAR will schedule a meeting for you to complete a final adoption contract, where we will collect an adoption fee for your pet and take your happy tails adoption photo! 6. If you do not hear from SPAAR within 10 working days of your submission, you may assume that your application has been declined for that animal. However, do not let that discourage you for applying for a different animal in the future.