OUR ADOPTION PROCESS AND WHY WE DO IT THIS WAY
Please take a few moments to read the following explanation of our adoption policies and the steps that make up the process. You may be surprised that adopting an animal is a more involved process than you expected. The process is the same for everyone. It is not our intent to frustrate you. Everything we do is for the best interests of the animals in our care, and it is aimed at giving them the best possible chance of finding a permanent home. Please bear with us and be patient.
Here are the steps you will go through in the adoption process:
Fill out form and submit online or print the following report form and mail to the Humane Society Animal Shelter at 465 Cloman Blvd., PO Box 2230, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or fax to (970)731-5552.
- You will be asked to sign an adoption contract and to pay an adoption fee. The adoption fee covers a spay/neuter surgery, all initial shots except rabies (must be administered by a licensed veterinarian in the state of Colorado), micro-chipping AND your registration, and a basic health examination (provided by a participating local veterinarian of your choice). All adopted animals must be spayed or neutered prior to going home.
- For any animal adoption, we will verify veterinary and/or personal references. For those who rent, we will verify a landlord's permission to have a pet(s). For canine adoptions, we require a home visit to be conducted. If you have had a previous home visit, another may be conducted depending on your current circumstances. For feline adoptions, a home visit is discretionary. You must agree to allow an agent of HSPS to visit your home prior to taking an animal home. The entire process typically takes from 1 to 4 days.
- At any point in the process, during or after, feel free to ask any questions you might have about bringing a new animal into your home.