Adoption Procedure & Policy
Adopting a new companion into your home is a big step. We are looking for forever homes for our pets, not until homes. We want to make sure all adopters are aware of the time, cost, and responsibilities that go into owning a pet.
If you are ready to adopt, then we can begin with the process.
Choosing your pet
When you see a pet posted online for adoption that you may be interested in, we do ask that you come in and meet with the animal. It is always a good idea to research the type of pet you are looking to adopt. We have rooms for you to go into and get acquainted with your potential new pet, and invite you to come in and spend time with them. If you are looking to adopt a dog, and have other dogs at home, we do request that you bring your pet in for a meet and greet before adopting. Once you have done all of this, we can move forward with the adoption process.
You will be asked to fill out a thorough application for adoption. We will review the application and check all references you provide to us. Approval can take anywhere from 1 hour to 1 day, depending on circumstances of the adopter and the pet. You may also fill out an aplication online prior to coming into the shelter. The application process and consultation with a FCHS representative are designed to help you find the dog or cat most compatible with your lifestyle and is in the animal's best interest.
Once approved, you will be able to sign the adoption paperwork and contracts, pay adoption fees, and take your new companion home. When pets leave the shelter, we do require dogs/puppies to be on leashes and for cats/kittens to be in carriers. We do have leashes and collars for sale in the lobby, if you do not have a carrier for your cat, we can provide you with a temporary carrier.
What's included in my adoption?
All pet adoption fees include the following:
- Spay or neuter surgery
- Medical Care Including:
- First set or more of Vaccinations
- One or more worming treatments
- 7 Day Health Guarantee
- Flea and Tick treatments, as well as Ear Mite treatments for cats
- Feline Leukemia Testing for cats and Heartworm testing for dogs over 6 months of age.
- Healty Pet Exit Exam
- Medical Record
- Follow-up pet visit to the Vet
- Pet folder including handouts on behavior, adapting, and training
- Fecal reading after adoption
In order to be considered for adoption you must:
|| Be 21 years of age or older
||Have identification showing your present address
||Have the knowledge and consent of your landlord
||Be able and willing to spend the time and money necessary to provide medical treatment and proper care
and nourishment for a pet
||The adopter must live at the same residence as the pet being adopted
||We have the right to choose the best possible environment for any of our pets, and it is our right to approve or deny any adoption application