Here is everything you need to know on how to adopt a pet from Caring Hands Humane Society.

Adoption Process

Before Coming To The Shelter

When deciding to bring a new pet home the more you do ahead of time, the better! Plenty of preparation is the key to creating a happy home life for you and your new pet. Making an impulsive decision on the other hand is likely to result in a bad situation. Visit the listings on our Adoption page and view all of our available pets.

Make sure you weigh temperament, energy level, noise and the time you will need to invest in your companion animal, in addition to the pet’s immediate appeal. Consider your choice very carefully before bringing a puppy home! Puppies are wonderful, but may require potty breaks in the middle of the night as well as considerable time spent with training and socialization. Please fill out our Adoption Profile online in advance. This will help your adoption counselor guide you through the adoption process.

 **Filling out an application does not mean you have to commit to adoption. Applications are kept on file for 6 months or up to 2 years following an adoption.

Come in and meet the pets! We have a visitation room and a fenced dog walk area. If you have resident pets we recommend bringing them in for a supervised introduction. You will probably find it easier to make this a separate visit unless you are coming in to meet only one pet.

What To Bring To The Shelter

If you are considering a dog, make sure you purchase your crate, chew toys and so forth before you bring the dog home! A crate will help with house-training, provide a “safe haven” for your dog and save your sanity! For a cat, make sure you have a carrying crate for transport, a litter box with litter and food. Make sure you budget carefully before adopting a pet. Plan for food, veterinary care, chew toys, flea and tick preventative & heart-worm preventative. 

We will need you to provide contact information for your veterinarian if you have had pets in the past, and if you rent we will need a phone number to reach your landlord. Also proof of identity such as drivers license/state Identification card will be needed.

The Adoption Counselor

An Adoption Counselor will work with you to help find the right pet for you and your family. They will go over your profile and introduce you to some of the animals you are interested in and some that may match your profile. This process can take a while so everything that you can do ahead of time would be best. You may want to spend some time with some potential companions to get to know them a bit. Once you have made a decision, we will go over some paper work, take payment for the adoption and you will be on your way with your new best friend!

Some pets need to be spayed or neutered before they can go home. Some will have medical needs. On average, an adopted pet can go home the day following surgery if cleared by our veterinary staff.

What If The Pet I Want Cannot Come Home With Me

We love nothing more than finding great homes for great pets! Sometimes, there is something in a profile which, in our experience, is likely to pose a serious problem. For this reason, not all applicants are approved. We can, however, help you find workarounds for many issues.

Sometimes we will simply recommend a different choice of companion animal. For example, if you don’t have a fenced yard that would not necessarily prohibit you from adopting a large dog, but you would need some other system in place to ensure the dog does not run away. On the other hand if you were to adopt a cat a fence is a non-issue. 

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