Adopt a Dog

DOWNLOAD DOG ADOPTION SURVEY >

Goof­ball, Con­stant Com­pan­ion, Teacher’s Pet—What do they all mean? Take me to the Canine-alities >

What does “Fos­ter to Home” mean? >

Dog Adop­tion Fees:

  • Under one year of age: $125
  • One year to seven years: $90
  • Eight years and over: Free (FREE TO A GREAT HOME pro­gram poli­cies apply)

These adop­tion fees include:

  • HLLC’s Thirty Day Adop­tion Health Guarantee
  • Spay­ing or Neu­ter­ing (prior to adoption)
  • Vac­ci­na­tions (includ­ing cur­rent rabies vac­ci­na­tion on adult ani­mals) and de-worming med­ica­tion received while in the shelter
  • Microchip­ping and chip registration
  • Free 4 lb Bag of Sci­ence Diet Pet Food.  Sci­ence Diet part­ners with HLLC to pro­vide great nutri­tion for all the cats and dogs while at the shel­ter and to con­tinue that great nutri­tion when the pet goes home with you!

Your Dog’s Per­son­al­ity Assessment

All of our adopt­able dogs have gone through a behav­ior assess­ment before being placed up for adop­tion.  For dogs who are trans­ferred into the HLLC from other com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tions, this behav­ior assess­ment may have taken place at the shel­ter where they were ini­tially housed.  Dogs who are sur­ren­dered directly to the HLLC by their own­ers are eval­u­ated based on the ASPCA’s SAFER® Aggres­sion Assess­ment. Accord­ing to infor­ma­tion from the ASPCA, “SAFER is intended to be one tool used to help iden­tify the risk of future aggres­sion and the indi­vid­ual behav­ioral sup­port needed before adop­tion for each dog in a shel­ter.” HLLC staff also use infor­ma­tion from pre­vi­ous own­ers, mem­bers of our vet­eri­nary team, and vol­un­teers to iden­tify any spe­cific behav­ior needs that each dog may have.

We spend addi­tional time get­ting to know each dog indi­vid­u­ally in order to assess their activ­ity level, socia­bil­ity, play style, likes and dis­likes, and knowl­edge of basic com­mands. Based on this inter­ac­tion, each dog is given one of the ASPCA’s “Canine-alities,” a fun per­son­al­ity descrip­tion that can aid you in help­ing to choose the right dog for your fam­ily.  Keep in mind that a dog’s behav­ior is likely to change once he is set­tled into his new home. Remem­ber that the HLLC is always avail­able as a resource to help ease you through your first weeks together. Get ready for an adven­ture and a life­time of love with your new friend!

Meet Your Match Canine-alities

Couch PotatoCOUCH POTATO

Like the easy life? Then ‘m the per­fect match for you. I’m a relaxed, laid-back kind of dog who enjoys long naps, watch­ing movies, curl­ing up on laps, and walk­ing very short dis­tances from the couch to the food bowl and back. (Inter­nally motivated)

Constant CompanionCONSTANT COMPANION

Look­ing for an emo­tion­ally secure, mutu­ally sat­is­fy­ing, low main­te­nance rela­tion­ship? I am all you need. Let me sit at your feet, walk by your side, and I’ll be your devoted com­pan­ion for­ever. (Socially motivated)

Teacher's PetTEACHER’S PET

I’ve got the whole package—smart, fuzzy, four legs, love to learn and live to please. Go ahead, teach me any­thing. Sit, stay, bal­ance your check­book, I can do it all. Keep me enter­tained and I’ll be yours for­ever. (Exter­nally motivated)

WallflowerWALLFLOWER

Shy yet charm­ing canine search­ing for patient owner with relaxed lifestyle. Look­ing for gen­tle guid­ance to help me come out of my shell. Treat me sweet and kind and I’ll blos­som. (Inter­nally motivated)

Busy BeeBUSY BEE

I’m a nat­u­rally play­ful, curi­ous, and trust­ing canine. Take me for a big walk every day; give me some­thing to do. After my job’s done, I’ll curl up in front of the fire with you in the evenings. (Exter­nally motivated)

GoofballGOOFBALL

I’m a fun-loving, happy-all-the-time, glass-is-half-full kind of dog look­ing for some­one who loves to laugh and play around. Must have a great sense of humor and some time to spend with me. I’m a dog on a mis­sion to please you. (Socially motivated)

Life of the PartyLIFE OF THE PARTY

I think every­thing is fun, inter­est­ing and meant for play, espe­cially you. Any­thing you do, I’ll want to do too. With my own brand of sur­prises, life with me will keep you con­stantly on your toes, and the fun is guar­an­teed. (Socially motivated)

Go-GetterGO-GETTER

Want to get more exer­cise? Action is my mid­dle name. My “Let’s GO” lifestyle will keep you moti­vated to get out­side and move. I’ve got tons of energy; and just like the sun, I’m burn­ing and work­ing 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I’ll run for miles, chase a ball for hours, and still want to play at the end of the day. (Exter­nally motivated)

Free SpiritFREE SPIRIT

Intel­li­gent, inde­pen­dent, con­fi­dent and clever, I pre­fer mak­ing my own deci­sions but will lis­ten to you if you make a good case. We’re part­ners in this adven­ture. Treat me like one and we’ll both live hap­pily ever after. (Inter­nally motivated)

Humane League’s Personalities

INDEPENDENT

I march to the beat of my own drummer—in fact, I could care less if there was a band around at all. I enjoy doing my own thing and think that explor­ing is the best time a dog could have. I still enjoy hav­ing you around, but I pre­fer that you give me affec­tion on my terms and let me do my own thing. I do enjoy inter­act­ing with you and giv­ing cud­dles and kisses, but I am more of the Indi­ana Jones type. I am look­ing for a room­mate who can under­stand my need for alone time and explor­ing the world—even if the world only goes as far as my back yard.

PUPPY MILL SURVIVOR

I am from a puppy mill and am a lit­tle dif­fer­ent than other dogs. I have never lived in a lov­ing home so you will have to be patient with me and show me what some things—like car rides, the vac­uum, the toi­let flush­ing, the washer and dryer, and…well, basi­cally every­thing. With a lit­tle time and love I will come around. Please see the front office for more infor­ma­tion about me and also for a puppy mill infor­ma­tional packet. I can be the pet of your dreams; I am just a work in progress.

TIMID

A lit­tle bit of a yel­low streak is a good way to start describ­ing me. I get scared really eas­ily and being here in the shel­ter does not make me any more com­fort­able. How to win my heart you ask? That is easy—time and patience. I am look­ing for a fam­ily who can give me time to adjust and be sup­port­ive of me because I need all of the con­fi­dence I can get. All I need is a chance to warm up and show you that I can be the best friend that you have ever had.

PUPPY

Pup­pies are play­ful and ener­getic. Most likely, you will need to house­break your puppy and teach him basic obe­di­ence com­mands and good man­ners. Do you have enough time in your sched­ule to give a puppy the atten­tion that he will require?

Fos­ter to Home Program

Dogs who are part of our Fos­ter to Home Pro­gram are cur­rently liv­ing with HLLC fos­ter fam­i­lies. Our Fos­ter to Home Pro­gram gives dogs who need a lit­tle extra TLC the abil­ity to stay in a nat­ural, home set­ting where they receive one-on-one atten­tion until they are adopted. If you are inter­ested in a Fos­ter to Home dog, you will be com­mu­ni­cat­ing directly with the fos­ter par­ents of the dog whom you are inter­ested in. This will give you the added ben­e­fit of being able to ask ques­tions about the dog’s per­son­al­ity and behav­ior dur­ing his/her stay with the fos­ter fam­ily to ensure that the dog will be a good match for your lifestyle. If you are inter­ested in adopt­ing a Fos­ter to Home dog, please com­plete the Dog Adop­tion Appli­ca­tion and email it to our Fos­ter Care Coor­di­na­tor at foster@humaneleague.com