Unfortunately, yes, it is possible for a shelter to decline an adoption request. The information collected through your application is carefully studied to ensure that you offer an ideal home for your pet. All shelters have specific policies for pet placement. Those policies could stipulate that an adoption cannot be allowed under certain circumstances. The criteria will vary and a shelter will usually make their policies known before the adoption process begins. Pay close attention to this information, or ask about any requirements that might keep you from adopting.
The safety and well being of the pet is the most important thing. Shelters take this responsibility very seriously. As great as it would be to place a homeless pet, going to the wrong home could be worse than staying in the shelter. If a shelter declines your application, be sure to ask why. It might be a simple problem that can be easily remedied. If so, ask the shelter if they can hold your pet temporarily while you make the necessary adjustments to clear the adoption.
Your application is complete, fees are paid, it's time to go home.
Along with your new pet, you'll receive paperwork and details about your pet to help you both transition to your new life. Keep this information handy. You may need it when we cover our next topic, Bringing Your Pet Home.