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Welcome & Plan Your Visit

Viewing animals on our website is a great way to start your pet search. Puppies, kittens and breeds that are in high demand find homes very quickly.
If you are thinking about adopting one of these animals, it’s important to visit us as soon as you can.

The adoption process begins with your first visit to the Women’s Humane Society.

Here are the steps you’ll take to find a new pet:

  • Complete an adoption application.
    Adoption applications are available at our front desk or you can click here to download and print an application and bring it with you when you visit. 
    Please note that the adoption process does not begin until you arrive at our facility and submit your application in person.
    Applicants are served in the order in which they arrive that day.
  • Bring the following:
    A copy of documentation (such as a lease) that states you are permitted to have a dog if you are renting or belong to a neighborhood association.
    You must show this documentation before you meet a dog.
    Your children who are 11 and younger.
    Your Dog(s) if you are interested in adopting a dog.
    Please note that the dog remains available to meet other applicants until documentation is brought and the dog has met with your children and your other dog(s).
  • Meet with the adoption counselor. 
    The counselor will review your application; discuss your personal situation and past pet history. 
    If you and the pet make a good match, you’ll get to spend a little time with the pet before a decision is made.
  • When the adoption is approved.
    The animal will have a health evaluation; you will complete final paperwork and pay all adoption fees.
  • Surgery is scheduled for spay or neutering.
    Your new pet will be spayed or neutered before you take it home. In most cases you won’t take your new pet home the same day unless it is already spayed or neutered.
  • Consider purchasing pet insurance. It can help you make decisions in the future based on what is best for your pet, rather than what you can afford. The Women’s Humane Society has partnered with Petplan Pet Insurance, which makes all adopters eligible for a special offer if they take out a policy!

  • Schedule a follow up visit for one week after the adoption.