Adoption


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Adoption Process

If you don’t have time to read this, you don’t have time to adopt a pet!

Please take a few minutes to read the following explanation of our adoption policies and the steps that make up the process.  It is important to understand two things:

  1. The process is the same for everyone
  2. It is not our intent to frustrate you.  Rather, everything we do is in the best interest of the cats and dogs in our care, and is aimed at giving them the best possible chance of finding a permanent home

Here are the steps you will go through in the adoption process:

  1. If you see a cat or dog that you are seriously interested in adopting, please ask one of the volunteers to help you interact with it.  This is the time to ask the humane society volunteers any questions you may have about the animal i.e.: its history, eating habits, any special needs, questions about spay/neuter or house training, obedience training, etc.  Take as long as you need to be comfortable with your decision (this may mean thinking it over for a day or two)
  2. Once you have decided to apply to adopt, we will ask you to complete some paperwork.  Our process includes asking questions, asking to see proof of identity and asking for veterinary references, particularly when you have other animals at home.  This is simply to protect the health of adoption candidates and the pets you already have.
  3. When all the paperwork has been satisfactorily completed the adoption application will be reviewed by the Adoption Committee.  This committee will: contact your landlord (if renting) and your veterinarian.  If you own your home be prepared to show a tax receipt as proof of ownership.  If you are applying to adopt a dog, a member of the adoption committee will check your home to ensure that fencing is suitable for the size of dog you are applying for.
  4. If your adoption is approved you will be asked to sign an adoption contract and pay an adoption fee.  This fee only partially covers food and housing, spaying or neutering, veterinary care, deworming, and vaccinations the cat or dog has received while at the Humane Society.  Please note as a general rule we cannot hold animals for anyone.

Let us repeat:  We don’t ever mean to be frustrating to or evasive with you.  Our goal is to find the most compatible home for every cat and dog that we have come through our facility and to do our best to ensure that every adopter has a good adoption experience.  So please try to bear with us and be patient.  And understand that going through the adoption process the way we do is really the best policy for all of us.

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