Adoption Information & Tips
Animals can NOT go directly home when adopted. All animals go to a local veterinarian for spay or neuter and or to get vaccinations following an adoption. Reservations are made at adoption and you will be told when your pet can be picked up directly at the veterinarians office. If you are coming from out of town plan ahead for two trips.
One exception is at our Saturday Adoptions, appointments can't be made until Monday morning. Adoptees are called Monday with the date to pick up their pet at the Veterinarian's office.
If you see an animal you are interested in on these web pages, please come to the Shelter as quickly as possible. Space is limited, and animals have a very small window of time to be adopted. In the event that more than one party is interested in a cat or dog available for adoption at the same time, there will be a drawing to determine who will adopt that pet.
The date available for adoption is in some cases the animal's last day, so if you would like to adopt, you should try to be at the Shelter at 1:00 pm on the date available for adoption.
Once you get to the Shelter, it's easy:
- Let the Shelter attendant know which pet you want.
- Fill out a little paper work and pay your fees.
- Your new pet will go to the vet to be neutered and have its shots.
- You'll pick it up at the vet and then take it home to live happily ever after..
- Fee's for a Cat are $60 - $80.
- Fee's for a Dog are $80 - $110.
This includes an adoption fee of $10, medical exam, surgery fee, vaccinations and city registration. A microchip is included with all adoptions. There are extra tests and services that are offered at the time of adoption. These are discounted to the shelter animals by our local Veterinarians, such as Heartworm test and de-clawing.
Use your head as well as your heart when adopting. When adopting a dog or cat consider, size, breed, and temperament. A successful adoption must be a good fit for your family and lifestyle.
CAT vs. DOG
If you think you want a dog but are gone many hours a day, perhaps you should consider adopting a cat. Cats won't have to be let outside during the day as a dog would. You might consider getting two cats or kittens to keep each other company.
You will never own a cat! It will own you and give you back affection on its own terms.
If you want undying loyalty and constant availability, adopt a dog.
What sort of dog would fit your lifestyle?
Remember you will have to live with the dog for ten or more years. If you like being a couch potato, then you should choose a laid back dog. If you want a dog that will be able to go jogging and hiking with you, select an active dog. Try to learn about breeds of dogs and their unique qualities before you choose one.
Animals at the shelter are stressed. When evaluating an animal's personality, get them off in a quiet place to see how they act.
A lot of dogs at the shelter have no training. Their previous owners didn't take the time to work with them that's most likely why they're here. They will undoubtedly improve in your home with time and attention, and lots of TLC.
Small dogs are not good for small children because they can't take the rough-and-tumble play that children like so well.
Puppies require a lot of time and attention. If you don't have much time to work with a puppy, get an older dog. Older dogs have a lower energy level. Many adult dogs come into the shelter already housebroken and completely or partially obedience trained.
Consider crate training an adult or puppy coming into your home. Ask an expert how important this is
When adopting a cat, look for a cat that is approachable and comes to the front of the cage to be petted, not one cowering behind the litter box. A very docile cat can be cradled and held gently on its back. If children share your home, a shy cat may not be a good choice.
When adopting a dog, a shy dog would be good for an elderly person, but not usually as a family dog. Shy dogs don't like a lot of commotion. Their shyness may improve after leaving the shelter, but there are no guarantees.
If you adopt a cat that has been declawed, that leaves the cat defenseless if it should meet an unfriendly animal. A declawed cat should never be allowed outside.
Contrary to what people think, there is NOT a high risk of disease getting a dog from a shelter. They may have kennel cough, but a dog can get that walking down the street, and it is not life-threatening whatsoever.
~~~THANK YOU for considering adopting a shelter pet. Enjoy your new fuzzy friend !!~~~