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.
HOW TO GET STARTED
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 are interested in adopting a dog and you already have a dog(s) at home, we will request that you bring your dog(s) into the shelter to meet whatever dog you are interested in adopting. By bringing your dog to meet a new dog at the shelter, it will allow the dogs to meet on neutral territory. It will also give you an idea of whether or not they will get along with each other once you have your new dog home or whether you should continue looking for a more suitable companion who will get along well with your existing pets.