From the first contact with EOE, it is clear that we are more than just a place which offers rescued companion animals for adoption. Anyone can take it upon themselves to rescue a needy cat or dog. But what happens to the animal afterward? This is where the difference lies.
First, virtually all animals in the EOE adoption program are housed in foster homes—not just warehoused in kennels or cages until they are adopted. This model, we believe, allows us to get to know our animals thoroughly, and makes the transition to a new adoptive home much easier. And some behavioral problems simply cannot be diagnosed in a kennel setting.
All animals are quarantined for 2 weeks to ensure they carry no infectious diseases.
Dogs and cats are socialized, house trained, and given basic obedience training. Puppies and kittens are placed in an enriched environment to optimize their physical and mental development. And frequently, training goes just beyond the basics. Small dogs are trained to use a litter box. Many of our cats can walk on a leash. Our veterinary and behavioral service providers are best-in-class regionally.
Moving on to the adoption process, we take extra care in ensuring a good fit between the adopter and their new family member. We offer free behavioral consultation for the life of the animal, and cover all medical expenses for undiagnosed preexisting conditions up to 2 weeks after adoption.
EOE is a regional rescue resource. In addition to providing education and assistance to the communities we serve, we strive to be thought leaders in shaping the future of animal rescue. We are one of the few rescues in the country to offer canine and feline behavioral rehabilitation as one of our services. Furthermore, we are working on defining best practices for treatment of medical and behavioral disorders in rescued companion animals. Our efforts have given new hope for animals previously considered unadoptable. We call it “re-imagining the possible”.