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.
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 $50 for cats and $50 for dogs. In addition, a minimum $25.00 spay/neuter deposit is mandated by state law. The deposit is refunded once the animal is spayed or neutered.
Must be 18 years of age or older
Must have valid ID with current address
Must provide landlord's name and phone number (or copy of
agree to have your pet neutered or spayed (reduced fees
are available through our Veterinary
All members of the household should be in agreement
Each Adoption Includes:
Inoculation for distemper and other diseases
well-health examination at participating
clinics within 10 days of the adoption date
Should I Bring When I Come to Adopt?
Approval (if applicable)
and proof of address (driver's license, ID, checkbook)
- Cash, imprinted check or Credit Card
your dog if you are planning to adopt another dog
may wish to bring any children age 18 months to 6 years
old, unless there are behavior stipulations indicating otherwise
ample time (at least 30 minutes) and exercise patience when
arrive a little early to ensure that we can adequately help
to you adopt your new pet
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.