Adoption Policy – Finding the Best Homes for our Furry Guests
The Animal Care Society firmly believes living with a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences in life. We want the adoption of each dog or cat under our care to be a permanent, healthy, and loving indoor situation for the both the animal and the adopting family. We work hard to ensure that the animal you select is the most suitable for your family in order to achieve the best possible placement.
We have turned almost three decades of experience at finding loving and permanent homes for our furry guests into a well-thought-out process.
- Adopters must be 21 years of age or older to adopt.
- A valid picture ID (State ID or Driver’s License) is required at the time of the adoption to confirm the adopter’s identity, address, and age.
- Everyone who lives in the prospective adopter’s home (family members, roommates, etc.) must visit the animal at the shelter. Exceptions can be made.
- Some dogs available for adoption require a structurally fenced in yard due to size or energy level, and may not be suitable for apartment living.
- If applicant does not own home or is not on the renter’s contract, applicant must provide consent from home owner or renter.
- It is recommend, but not required, that adopters bring their dog(s) to the shelter to meet the dog or puppy they are interested in adopting, unless otherwise required for specific dogs.
- All animals in the home must be up to date on shots, free from contagious illness and spayed or neutered.
- Adopters agree to a veterinarian visit within a month of adoption.
- Adopters agree to an adoption fee, which is not refundable.
- Because we are seeing a huge increase in the number of animals left homeless due to the failing health or the inability of their owners to provide a lifetime home, we do require that all applicants have a plan in the event that they could no longer care for their animals.
At our discretion, we may deny any application.
We often receive more than one application on a particular animal. When this occurs, the most appropriate home will be chosen based on our knowledge of the animal’s personality and needs. In instances where we determine that more than one of the applicants for the same animal would be a suitable home, the applicant whose application was received first shall be approved for the animal in question and the staff will recommend other animals with similar qualities/personalities to the other approved applicant(s).