I want to adopt a pet, where do I start?
Congratulations on your decision to adopt a shelter dog or cat. We ask that you take a moment and read through our Adoption Process. If you still have questions and would like to talk with someone, please contact the shelter at (740) 323-2100.
What are the Adoption Fees?
Adult Dogs: $170 plus refundable $50 spay/neuter deposit (if unaltered.)
Puppies: (6 months & younger): $225.00 plus refundable $50 spay/neuter deposit.
Cats: $50 plus refundable $50 spay/neuter deposit if unaltered.
Kittens: $60 plus refundable $50 spay/neuter deposit if unaltered.
Will my Pet be Spayed/Neutered?
Spay/Neuter is required for ALL pets adopted from LCHS! This is for the well-being of the animal and to manage the overpopulation of homeless animals.
Unaltered animals leaving the shelter require a spay/neuter deposit. Spay/Neuter for your new pet will be scheduled with one of our partnering vets when you leave the shelter. Once you follow through with the pre-scheduled appointment, your deposit will be refunded. The spay/neuter is covered under your adoption fee if you use our vet. New owners who use their own vet must furnish proof of completed spay/neuter within the specified time and the deposit will be refunded.
What do my adoption fees cover?
Your adoption fee includes: Age-appropriate vaccinations including rabies; spay/neuter; worming; flea/tick treatment; microchipping; 30 days of ShelterCare Pet Insurance; dogs are tested for heart worm and started on preventatives. All cats are tested for feline leukemia and feline AIDS; each adopter also receives a free starter bag of Science Diet food.
Did you know that if you paid for these services yourself, the cost would exceed $400 for a puppy or kitten and $300 for an adult animal? Rescuing a pet is a GREAT DEAL!
Your dog license is not included in your adoption fee but you can purchase it at LCHS. You should purchase your license in your county of residence.
How Does the Adoption Process Work?
2.When you arrive at the shelter, a staff member will help you learn more about the animals, introduce you to animals and help you select an animal that is a good match for your family. This information will be captured on an Adoption Questionnaire.
3. Once you have been matched with your new furry friend, you will meet with an Adoption Counselor who will answer all of your questions, review your new pet’s records and help you complete your adoption contract.
4. If you would like your new dog to meet any current dogs prior to adoption, we will schedule a meet & greet for you. You will need to bring your current pet’s immunization records with you to the meet & greet.
I have adopted my pet from LCHS, what’s next?
Though we make every effort to ensure our animals are healthy, we recommend you schedule a checkup with your own vet within 14 days.
If you’ve adopted a puppy or kitten, you will need to complete your vaccination boosters in a timely manner. We have a low-cost vaccine clinic at LCHS.
Be sure to attend your pet’s spay/neuter appointment on the scheduled date.
If you are experiencing any problems with your new pet, please call us for ideas, suggestions and referrals to training programs.
What if it’s not working out?
Some new pets settle right in to their new home, others may take more time to adjust—up to several months. Be patient, read helpful hints and call us about training programs. We can usually offer solutions or resources that address adjustment, bonding and behavioral issues that will allow you to live harmoniously with your new pet. Remember that all animals require an adjustment in your lifestyle!
If you need to re-home your pet, please call the shelter so we can discuss the best plan.