Adopting a Pet

Animal Care and Control always has wonderful animals available for adoption. They range in size from tiny little Chihuahuas to great big Great Danes. They come in all sizes, colors and descriptions. We have long haired cats, short haired cats, big cats and little cats. There may be one here that is just right for you!

Anyone who adopts a new pet from Animal Care and Control must follow our Adoption Policy. We aren't trying to make it difficult for you to adopt a pet, but we must ask some pertinent questions to try and better ensure a successful match and lifelong relationship.

We must look out for the animal's welfare, make sure the prospective adopter can adequately care for the new pet, make sure that the adopter has realistic expectations for the new pet, as well as comply with applicable state statutes. So....

  1. In order to prevent unwanted litters of puppies or kittens, Animal Care and Control has a strict spay/neuter program in place. EVERY animal adopted from us MUST be spayed or neutered.

    1. The majority of time that is accomplished by the prospective owner making an appointment with the vet of their choice for the animal's sterilization (surgical spay or neuter). Animal Care and Control will hold the dog or cat until the appointment date and then transport the pet to the veterinarian. The vet performs the surgery, vaccinates the pet against rabies, and the new owner picks up their new pet at the vet's office at the end of the day. The new owner is responsible to pay the vet at that time.

    2. If, in the rare case of an animal that is too young or has some treatable health difficulty which precludes the sterilization surgery before the animal goes home, the new owner must pay a sterilization deposit ($45.00 for dogs, $35.00 for cats) and sign a Sterilization Agreement. The surgery MUST be accomplished as soon as the animal is physically well and able to tolerate the surgery without danger. These situations are RARE and are reviewed on a case by case basis.

    3. Any elective surgery that the owner may wish to have done at the same time as the sterilization, such as ear cleaning, declawing, tail docking, etc., are the total responsibility of the owner.

  2. All dogs receive one 4-in-1 vaccination before adoption. The vaccination includes Canine Distemper-Adenovirus Type 2-Coronavirus-Parainfluenza-Parvovirus Vaccine.

  3. All dogs are microchipped and cats can be chipped upon request. Animal Care and Control uses the Home Again microchip and we complete the registration for the new owner with the American Kennel Club Lost Pet Division.

    1. Microchipping (for dogs) and sterilization are not negotiable and if the potential owner does not wish to comply with these two requirements, he or she will not be allowed to adopt from Animal Care and Control.

  4. We are also concerned that the new animal will be safely confined and have adequate food, water and shelter. We will not adopt a new dog to someone who does not have a fenced yard. We would not like to live at the end of a chain and we don't expect a canine companion to either.

    1. We also do not want to endanger the public or someone living in the new owner's home. We will use our professional judgement and experience to match the breed and size of an animal with the capabilities or family dynamics of the new owner.

    2. Therefore, we have the following Adoption Interview Form (Requires Adobe Acrobat to view) which must be completed prior to adoption. You may fill it out on line if you wish, but a signature is required and must be done in person at the time of adoption.

The Staff at Animal Care and Control hope that every adoption is successful. That is why we follow the procedures we do. We take it very seriously and ask for your patience while we go through the process together. If, for some reason staff does not believe that a successful adoption can take place, Animal Care and Control reserves the right to not complete the adoption.

Adoption Wish List

If you are interested in adopting a pet, yet would like to get a specific kind, or don't quite know what you would like, we have the Adoption Wish List which just might help you out. With the Wish List, we take down some of the characteristics of the animal you would like to have, and then keep them on file to match against any of the animals that we have now, or take in at a later time. By filing out this form, you will be notified when a pet matching your description becomes available, and at that time, you will need to follow all of the requirements listed above. So, please take a moment to fill out the Wish list, either on-line or download a copy of the form to fill out by hand (Requires Adobe Acrobat to view), and send it to us today. Thank you.