New adoption procedure at the “na paluchu” shelter

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entrance gate to the shelter, next to the dog statue

Warsaw animal shelter “na paluchu” has introduced a new procedure for adopting animals. The document is a result of talks between the representatives of the shelter and the volunteers within the working team, and has come into effect this year.

In accordance with the final agreements of the parties, the new procedure came into effect on the 1st of January 2022. The efforts of the volunteers and shelter representatives, contributed to the efficient performance of the working team 

In addition to the shelter management and the volunteers, councilors of the city of Warsaw and representatives of the Environmental Protection office were also a part of the team. The talks were conducted under a supervision of a mediator.  

New adoption procedure - what will change? 

Under the new procedure, adoption visits at the home of the adopting person have been introduced. The document states, however, certain situations where such visits are advisable, such as the presence of another animal in the household or when it’s not possible for all members of the household to visit the shelter. There are also situations where the visit should not be conducted with the presence of the animal from the shelter, such as when the animal is undergoing intense medical treatment or if the visit could put the animal under immense stress.  

The right to object for people applying for the adoption of an animal in the event of a negative decision on the part of the Admission and Adoption Office was maintained. However, this law only applies to dogs over 3 months of age. When it comes to cats, having in mind their wellbeing, there will be no possibility of appeal. 

Furthermore, a catalog of cases in which the shelter will be able to suspend the adoption process, e.g. disease of the animal, claims from the previous owner or decisions of other authorities has also been introduced.  

Currently, the volunteers have two statuses in the facility: a first-degree volunteer and a second-degree volunteer. Their entitlements vary depending on experience and level of activity in the shelter.