FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT VIRTUAL ADOPTION
WHAT IS MY VIRTUAL ADOPTION DONATION USED FOR?
Your monthly or yearly Virtual Adoption donation is used to support a sponsor dog, or more, in our care. Your donation will be contributing to food, shelter, toys, blankets, medical & general care, depending on the Virtual Adoption Plan of your selection. Our ultimate goal would be to find a permanent, loving home for every dog in HAPPY TAILS SHELTER'S care, but for a variety of reasons this simply may not be possible. The Virtual Adoption program supports us in allowing them to live out the rest of their lives in comfort at the Animal Shelter.
WILL I BE MY DOG'S ONLY SPONSOR?
While we would love to see every dog in this program have just one guardian. The reality is that some dogs are more popular than others. Therefore your dog may have more than one guardian, while others will remain without a guardian. If you are keen to virtually adopting one of the dogs, and prefer one without a guardian, please see all the dogs for adoption here and look for the Virtually Adopted Status on their profile photos. This will provide you with further information whether a dog is already virtually adopted or not.
HOW OFTEN WILL I RECEIVE NEWS ABOUT MY DOG?
If you have sponsored a recent rescue in recovery, we will endeavor to provide updates as they go through the healing and recovery process. As a minimum you will receive quarterly updates – most updates will be specific for your dog, however others may include general good news stories about the pack and/or the location your dog is living.
CAN I VISIT MY DOG WHILE IN GREECE?
Yes! We love visitors and encourage guardian angels to visit their dogs during their time in Nafpaktos, Greece. Although any visits to the shelter are by appointment only and, due to seasonal constraints, may not be available all year round. We suggest contacting us when you are planning your trip to find out more. It is also important to remember that some of these dogs have had a lot of emotional trauma. Often times this is the reason we have never been able to adopt them out. As such your Virtual pet may only be open to receiving cuddles and hugs virtually, they may not allow you to pet them physically. But our staff on the ground can advise you further during your visit.
I WANT AN UPDATE ON MY PET, IS THAT POSSIBLE?
Because our caregivers are very busy providing daily care and enrichment for all of the animals in our care (recent rescues, dumped and abandoned as well as the regular residents), they are not able to provide updates-on-demand for virtual pets. We certainly hope you can understand our time constraints – the dogs are our main priority here! However, you can stay in touch with all that’s going on through our social media platforms.
IF MY VIRTUALLY ADOPTED PET IS ADOPTED, CAN I RECEIVE UPDATES?
We will ensure to update you should your pet be adopted/find a permanent home. The family or adopter may want privacy. However, we do occasionally get their permission to share their stories and updates through our social media platforms, so be sure to check!
CAN I CANCEL MY VIRTUAL ADOPTION?
You can of course opt out of this program at any time, although we certainly hope that you will remain with your virtual pet while they continue to be in our care. No different than we hope every adoption is a forever solution!