Adoption Process

Ready to adopt a friend from us?


At the Humane Society, we recognize that pets, like people, are individuals with unique needs and personalities. We have designed an adoption process that strives to make sure each owner and pet wematch enjoy a long and rewarding relationship.

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If you are considering adopting, you will be required to complete an
application and undergo a screening process. This determines that the pet is a good match for you, your home and your lifestyle. We also discuss the details of your situation with you in depth. For example, if you rent, we would need to know that your landlord approves of pet ownership. If the pet will be outside, we confirm that a fence provides safety. If you have children and pets in your family, we'll make sure the adopted pet is compatible.

In processing your application, we want to make sure that you have:

  • An appropriate home for a pet (if renting, an agreeable landlord)
  • Conditions that match the pets requirements
  • A lifestyle that allows you to provide adequate attention and exercise (time commitment varies by breed)
  • Financial resources to feed and care for your pet (expenses vary by breed)
  • A realistic understanding of the demands of pet ownership which can differ greatly based on the animals age and the breed selected

 


Adoption costs
Our adoption fees follow:

Puppies under 6 months old: $150 (includes one training class with HSMSC dog trainer)
Small-breed dogs: $150
Dogs/cats 5 years and up: $75
All other dogs and cats: $100

(Dogs require an additional $6 fee for the purchase of a rabies tag.)

The adoption fee includes:

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Rabies vaccination
  • Age appropriate vaccines
  • De-worming treatments
  • Heartworm testing (adult dogs only), FIV/Leukemia testing (cats only)
  • Microchip for permanent identification
  • Humane Society ID tag
  • Follow up calls with our Adoption Counselors to make sure your new pet is adjusting well
  • A goodie bag with coupons and some toys

 

Why adopt from us?


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Adopt, don't shop! There are so many thousands of homeless animals in our community and even nationwide and worldwide. They deserve homes, and they deserve to know love, comfort and family. And you deserve to know the joy and unconditional love that comes with a rescue dog or cat.

You can depend on our staff to responsibly screen our animals for sound health and temperament. When we receive an animal, our staff works to collect a thorough history of that pet. Staff and volunteers try to learn as much as they can about each pet's behavior, training, temperament and any special needs.

Do not be discouraged if, when you first visit the Humane Society, there are no animals of the breed or type you want. The Humane Society receives new animals every week. Before choosing your pet, you can even speak with an adoption counselor about whether your choice of a particular type or breed will be best for you.

Our support services, including adoption counseling and follow-up behavior counseling, are a major perk of adopting from us. Plus, our adoption fees are much less than the purchase price at a pet store or breeder, and it includes your pet being vaccinated, de-wormed, microchipped and spayed or neutered if it comes from us.

If you are serious about adopting a dog or cat, talk to us first. We are a great place to start. Check out our adoption-ready pets online.

 

 

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