ADOPTION PROCESS

Adoption Checklist

Breed Request List

With an approved application, we can add you to a breed request list. Keep in mind, we do not see more than a few purebred pets each year. The majority of adoptable animals are mixed breeds, and we will call you if the pet closely fits what you are looking for. Once you have an approved application, please speak to an Adoption Counselor to be added to a breed request list.

Why We Have A Fee

Our expenses put into each animal are:

  • Spay/Neuter surgery 
  • Microchipping
  • Flea/Tick prevention
  • Heartworm prevention (dogs)
  • FVRCP Vaccination (cats)
  • D-A2-PP-V Vaccination (dogs)
  • Rabies Vaccination
  • Heartworm testing (dogs)
  • Additional medical needs if applicable

These expenses, if performed through your veterinarian, far outweigh even our highest adoption fee.

ADOPTION PROCESS

Process, Fees & Forms

What To Do Before Coming To 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 any one of these pages to determine what pet(s) you may be interested in – Adopt, Dogs, Cats, Small & Furry.

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.

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. 

What Happens With 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.

How Much Is The Adoption Fee

Adoption fees will vary for every animal. Having a higher adoption fee for some animals helps to cover the costs of many different things used to care for the animal. It may depend on medical expenses incurred or behavioral intervention. Talk with your adoption counselor if you have any concerns.

Adoption fees for dogs vary as follows:

  1. $60 for dogs over 7 years of age.
  2. $85 for pit mixes age 1 year or older.
  3. $120 for large breed dogs age 1 year or older.
  4. $155 for small breed dogs age 1 year or older, or puppies age 4 to 11 months.
  5. $230 for puppies under 4 months of age.

Adoption fees for cats vary as follows:

  1. $30 for adult cats age 1 year or older.
  2. $60 for kittens under 1 year of age or for highly desirable adult cats over 1 year of age.
  3. $85 for desirable kittens under 1 year of age

Consider donating to help offset future adoption fees or sponsor a specific pet for adoption to help brighten someone’s day.