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Adoption Guide

The Adoption Process

Adopting an animal is an important decision that will affect you, your household, and your pet for many years to come. Please plan to spend enough time at the shelter to be sure of your selection. You can prepare in advance by reviewing the information and forms linked from this page. If you do not find the right pet on your first visit to CHS, please return another day when many new animals will be available for adoption, or check our online Pet Adoption database for an up-to-date look at the dogs and cats in our shelter.

Animals come to us either because they were unwanted or they were strays. We include as much information as we can about each cat and dog on a form that is placed on their kennel in our adoption rooms. We use a Classification System for dogs and puppies because not all animals are appropriate for all household situations. Our staff is also available in the dog and the cat adoption rooms to assist you with your selection and to answer questions. We are here to help make a wonderful new addition to your family, but we cannot always guarantee you an adoption.

Application and Counseling
Once you have decided on an animal, the staff will provide you with an Adoption Application. Our counselors then review the information on the application. If the adoption is approved, we will provide you with information on training, health, and basic care. We will also answer any questions you may have.

Our adoption fee is $75 for cats and $150 for dogs.

Adoption Requirements

Each Adoption Includes:

  • Inoculation for distemper and other diseases
  • Worming medication
  • ID tag
  • Free well-health examination at participating clinics within 10 days of the adoption date

What Should I Bring When I Come to Adopt?

  • Landlord Approval (if applicable)
  • Identification and proof of address (driver's license, ID, checkbook)
  • Cash, imprinted check or Credit Card
  • Bring your dog if you are planning to adopt another dog
  • You may wish to bring any children age 18 months to 6 years old, unless there are behavior stipulations indicating otherwise
  • Allow ample time (at least 30 minutes) and exercise patience when adopting
  • Please arrive a little early to ensure that we can adequately help to you adopt your new pet

Adoption Resources

The key to finding the right animal for your family is to do some homework before you go looking. This helps to ensure that you do not emotionally bond to the wrong animal. Below are some articles containing information to think about during each step of the Adoption Process.