- Everyone that lives in the
house must come and meet the potential adoptee. We never do gift
adoptions. Choosing a pet is a very personal decision and should be
made by the person who will be living with the pet. If you would like to
surprise someone with the adoption of a pet, we suggest buying a stuffed animal
and attaching a card saying they may choose a pet of their liking from the
- If you rent, you must provide
proof that you can have an animal where you live. If you want to
adopt a dog over 15lbs, we must have something in writing saying it is okay to
have that breed or mix of dog.
- If you own your home we will
need proof of that.
- If you are looking to adopt
a dog or puppy, we require that any dog currently living at the residence come
and meet the potential new adoptee.
- You may not adopt two
puppies at the same time or from the same litter.
- We do not adopt to homes
that have unaltered animals (not spayed or neutered) unless you show the dog, work
the dog in some type of approved venue (hunting, police work, schutzhund, etc.)
or there is a medical reason for the dog not being altered.
- Visit the shelter and complete an adoption
personality profile or feline questionnaire. One of our trained Adoption Counselors will give you a list of dogs or cats that may be a good match for
your family. Walk through the kennels and cat enclosure and look at the dogs
and cats; remember the list of dogs or cats that the Adoption Counselor
provided you are normally going to be the best fit for your family.
- DOGS: Once you find a pet that looks like a good match - we'll pull him/her out of the kennel and let you and your family meet with
him/her in one of our welcoming runs. We will also have you complete an adoption
application. This application will help our Adoption Counselors determine
whether this dog will be a good match for you and your family.
- NOTE* If there are young children in the family, we
recommend that you leave them at home when you visit the shelter. Wait to bring
the children until you have found a dog that you're interested in and have completed the adoption application. Children often fall in love with the
first pet they meet regardless of whether the pet is a good match or
not. We also require all dogs that currently live in the home come and
meet the potential adoptee (only applies to dogs).
- If you have children under 4 and interested in cats, we recommend that you look
at cats 6 months or older. Kittens are not always a good match
for young children. An Adoption Counselor can explain to you why we encourage
older cats with children.
- DOGS: After you and your family have met with the dog
and completed the adoption questionnaire, we will schedule a sit down
counseling session. During the interview our Adoption Counselor will go over
the dog’s behavior evaluation and describe behaviors you are likely to see,
discuss what you are looking for in a new dog, as well as your past experience with
dogs. This counseling session will help our team of Adoption Counselors match dogs and their new families so that everyone is happy.
- Before we can finalize the adoption we must have proof
that either you own your home, or you're able to own a pet at your
current residence. If you rent and are looking at adopting a
dog that is over 15 pounds, you must show proof that the breed is
not restricted by your landlord or property management company.
Good Luck - and remember, it may take several weeks or even months before you
find the perfect dog to fit you and your family. In the long run it's
well worth the wait. A dog that you adopt will likely be your
companion for the next ten years or longer, so take your time when making
decisions. Also keep in mind that older dogs are often already
house trained, past the puppy chewing stage and adapt quickly to new home
environments often making better pets for first time dog
Adoption Coordinators, the Behavior and Training Department, and Shelter Manager reserve the right to refuse any adoption for any
reason. The Shelter Manager may waive certain adoption requirements
under special circumstances. We make our decisions based on the best
interest of both the dog and your family; if our adoption counselor do
not feel that the dogs will be a good match with your family they will
not approve the adoption. Adoptions are not a first come first served
basis. Foster homes, shelter staff, and Veterinarians are given first
priority if they wish to adopt a dog they have been working with.