Adopting a Pet? Here Are Five Rules You Must Follow
Anyone who adopts a new pet
from Animal Care and Control must follow our Adoption Policy. Four rules must be
- Every adopted
animal must be spayed or neutered.
- All dogs must
receive the "4-in-1 vaccine".
- All dogs must
- All owners
must prove that they have the means to properly care for their
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The primary responsibility of
Animal Control is animal welfare, making sure that animals in the county are
treated humanely and the prospective owners have the means to properly care for
adopted pets. Our four rules are listed in detail below.
Rule 1. Every adopted animal must be spayed or neutered
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.
Animal Care and Control will hold the dog or cat until
the pet is transported to the vet on the date of sterilization. A 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.
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.
Rule 2. All dogs must receive the "4-in-1 vaccine"
All dogs receive one 4-in-1 vaccination before adoption. The vaccination includes Canine Distemper-Adenovirus Type
3. All dogs must be microchipped
All dogs are microchipped and cats can be chipped upon request. Animal Care and Control uses
a universal microchip and we complete the registration for the new owner.
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. All owners must have the means to properly care for their
Your pet must be safely confined and have adequate food, water and shelter.
Proper confinement is necessary to protect the public or someone living in the
new owner's home.
Rights of Animal Care and Control to Refuse 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
any reason, our staff does not believe that a successful adoption can take place, Animal Care and Control reserves
deny the adoption.
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
one of the following Wish list:
Wish List (Dogs) or
Wish List (Cats)
Advice for Adopted Pets
Advice for Adopted Pets (pdf)