Adopt → Animal Adoption FAQ’s
What happens during an adoption counseling session?
How do I apply to adopt an animal?
It’s simple! Visit our adoptable section of our website. Click on the photo of the animal you are interested in and then tap the ‘Apply for Adoption’ button. Once you have completed the application, it is sent directly to adoption staff. If you are onsite, we will begin the adoption counseling session. If you have applied offsite, a staff member will call or email you to discuss the adoption process with you.
Do you require dog introductions with resident dogs prior to adoption?
Do you require cat introductions with dogs?
Do you offer same-day adoptions?
What does the adoption fee cover?
If our adoption doesn't work out, can I return the animal for a refund?
Can I still adopt if I returned or surrendered an animal in the past?
Do you offer out-of-state adoptions?
Do you do trial adoptions or foster to adopt?
Can we hold animals?
Paws Humane Society allows potential, approved adopters to place a non-refundable $25 ‘Deposit Hold’ on a particular pet. This Deposit Hold allows the potential adopter to have the first option to adopt when that pet is made available for adoption. Potential adopters are allowed only two deposit holds at a time per household with a max of two deposit holds per year.
If the potential adopter fails to come in by 10:00 am the next business day from the date of availability , the deposit is forfeited.
If there is primary hold on an animal, a potential adopter may place a second hold on the animal and place a non-refundable $10 ‘Deposit Hold’ on a particular pet. This Deposit Hold allows the potential adopter to have the second option to adopt if the primary applicant declines or forfeits their deposit. The secondary adopter will be notified should the primary applicant take the animal.
If the primary and secondary deposit holders do not come in to adopt the pet on the first day they are available for adoption, they will forfeit their deposits and the pet will be made available for adoption on a first come, first serve basis.
Hold feeds are not refundable and are not transferable to adoption fees.