Adopt an Animal
Our adoption fees
Even though we lose money on every adoption, we strive to keep our adoption fee at an affordable price. Vaccine and medical costs have increased, but our adoption fee has remained the same despite this cost increase. The adoption fee helps cover the following:
All of animals deserve loving, permanent homes. At Watauga Humane Society, we do our best to ensure our animals find the best possible homes by screening potential adopters.
Screening Potential Adopters
We have a two-phase screening process for potential adopters; Informal Counseling and Completing an Adoption Application .
During the Informal Adoption Counseling phase, we determine the type of pet the potential adopter is looking for and try to find a suitable match. During this phase we answer any questions about the animal. This phase might also involve a "cat scan" (testing a dog to see if it is okay around cats).
Next, the potential adopter fills out an
. The application serves a dual purpose. First and foremost, it is intended to make the potential adopter think about the responsibility and commitment involved in adopting a pet. Depending on the animal's age, this is often a 15 to 20 year commitment. We want people to consider what having a pet involves, especially in regards to moving or other major life changes. Training and caring for an animal can be very time consuming, and veterinary bills can be very expensive. The second purpose is to give us a better idea of the potential adopter's lifestyle, and if it would be suitable for the particular animal.
Adoption Policy for Renters
If you rent your home and you would like to adopt a cat or dog, bring your landlord's telephone number or a copy of your lease so we know that you are allowed to have pets. We must talk to the homeowner before approving an adoption.
If you are going to move in the future, you also need to plan for the animal, and move only to pet-friendly housing. The number one reason that animals are turned into shelters is because people are moving. We don't want to adopt an animal to someone who might return their pet just because they are moving. Adopting an animal should be taken seriously; expect a 15 year commitment for a puppy, and a 15-20 year commitment for a kitten. When you adopt an animal, it is for the animal's lifetime.
We will not adopt animals to renters without landlord approval. Why? Because we want ALL of our animals to go to permanent homes when they leave our shelter. The most common reason for surrendering an animal to a shelter is because pets are not allowed.
Terms of Adoption
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