Our goal is to match com­pan­ion ani­mals with fam­i­lies who are will­ing and able to pro­vide them with a life­time com­mit­ment of care and love. We hope that our adop­tion process involves a back and forth dia­logue between our staff and your­self as a poten­tial adopter, so that we can work together in your search for find­ing your new best friend.


Fill­ing out the adop­tion survey

When you come into the Humane League, we will first invite you to walk through our ken­nels to view our adopt­able ani­mals. If you would like to spend one-on-one time with any of our ani­mals, we will ask that you fill out an adoption survey so that we have all of your infor­ma­tion on file.

Bring your Form of identification

Once you com­plete your adop­tion sur­vey, we will ask to see a form of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with your cur­rent address so that we will know where the adopted ani­mal will be liv­ing. Dri­vers licenses, a piece of mail sent to you, a per­sonal check, or a util­ity bill with you name and address are all exam­ples of valid forms of identification.

Bring the family!

We always sug­gest that, at some point in the adop­tion process, you bring all mem­bers of your house­hold in to the shel­ter to meet with the pet you are inter­ested in. Adopt­ing a pet is like bring­ing a new friend into the fam­ily; there­fore, it is impor­tant that every­one who will live with the ani­mal is com­fort­able with the deci­sion and excited to make him or her part of their life.

Placing Animals on Hold

There may be instances in which you come to the shelter and see an animal you would like to adopt but you need to bring another family member in to meet with the pet, get landlord approval, etc. In these circumstances, our staff may allow a hold to be placed on the animal. The following are guidelines regarding our Hold Policies:

The animal is available for adoption to the public unless a hold has been placed.

A hold can only be placed on an animal if the potential adopter has an approved application on file, except at the discretion of the Humane League staff in an exceptional case.

All holds will be placed on an animal for a time period generally not exceeding 24 hours.

If you do not return to the shelter by the agreed upon date and time that the hold expires, the animal will be made available for adoption again to other potential adopters.

We do not require a monetary deposit to hold an animal and we are happy to extend this courtesy to you to assist you in your adoption process.

Are you renting?

If you are rent­ing, we strongly urge you to check with your land­lord about their pet poli­cies before you come into the shel­ter and fall in love with a par­tic­u­lar ani­mal. If you are rent­ing, your land­lord may have breed, weight, and or age restric­tions about what kind of ani­mals they allow on their prop­erty. Know­ing these guide­lines ahead of time will make the adop­tion process much smoother.

Do you have exist­ing pets?

If you already have pet(s) at home and are hoping to adopt a new addition, our staff can provide you with strategies that will ease the transition for everyone and set you up for success. Please be advised that fully integrating a new pet into a multi-pet home can be a process that requires patience and time for new friendships to be forged. The HLLC staff is happy to be a resource to our adopters even after all of the paperwork is signed; if you have questions or concerns after your new pet is home, please do not hesitate to call us at (717) 393-6551.