Adopting A Friend
SELECTING THE RIGHT COMPANION ANIMAL
Love at first sight! This is how our new companions usually get chosen. Thoughtful consideration must also be taken. Some dogs need lots of room to run. If you do not already have a fenced in yard, consider the cost of a suitable fence. If a fence is not possible do you have time for long walks? Long haired animals need a lot of brushing. Do you have time for this? Some may also require professional grooming. Can you pay for this? Younger animals will need training, which will involve substantial investments of both time and money.
Please also consider who will be sharing your home with your new companion. A home with elderly people may not be the right fit for a large, high energy dog. A home with very young children may not be the right fit for very young puppies or kittens. Do you have other pets in your home? We test our shelter animals for general compatibility but recommend that if you have existing pets a “meet and greet” be set up at the shelter prior to adoption.
While love is extremely important, it is the consideration of, and commitment to, the daily practicalities of your new family member that will determine the success of the adoption. Our dedicated staff will help you make the perfect choice for your family and lifestyle.
THE ADOPTION APPLICATION
The next step in the process is to complete the adoption application. This important step provides information for the shelter to insure that the placement will be a good fit for you and the animal. Getting a companion animal should not be an impulsive decision. More than likely, you will have this animal in your family for life. Once your application has been approved we make sure that your new companion is health checked, altered, vaccinated, and microchipped. This whole process usually takes from one to three days. Then it is time for your new best friend to join your family!
DO YOU ALLOW TEST ADOPTIONS?
We encourage prospective adopters to spend as much time as possible with the animal at the shelter before making the adoption decision. After careful consideration, the decision should be considered as final. Test adoptions are generally not allowed and are discouraged. Going to a home and returning to the shelter can be extremely stressful for the animal.
CAN I RETURN THE ANIMAL IF THINGS DON’T WORK OUT?
We are always available to work with you to resolve any transition or behavior issues and encourage you to contact us if you are having problems. We ask you to be patient in allowing the companion animal an opportunity to adjust to its new environment. If the situation cannot be resolved we will take the animal back into the shelter.
Please remember, just because an animal is in the shelter does not mean it did anything wrong. Most of our animals are here simply because not enough thought was taken before they were acquired. This is why we ask that you participate fully and honestly in our adoption process. We want to help you find the perfect match, one that will provide years of happiness for both you and your new companion.
Thank you so much for adopting. You are a hero!
Who We Are
The mission of the League is to provide humane care and treatment for all the animals needing protection in our community, The Town of Southold. We are the only East End shelter with the commitment and courage to take on the difficult task of providing animal care and control for ALL the homeless and needy animals within our community while maintaining a limited euthanasia policy. Never is a healthy, adoptable animal killed for the sole crime of being homeless. Spay/neuter and humane education are two of the most important tools utilized in the fulfillment of our mission. THERE IS NO SHELTER LIKE A HUMANE COMMUNITY.
Other basic functions of Southold Animal Shelter include locating owners of lost animals and homes for homeless animals. The Southold Animal Shelter keeps current records on all animals in our community reported as lost or found or for adoption.
In connection with placing animals for adoption, each animal leaving the Shelter is vaccinated, tested for Heartworm and for FIV/FELV, wormed and spayed or neutered by NFAWL prior to adoption,
On a weekly basis, shelter staff and animals are taken to various nursing homes and care facilities to provide companionship to elderly residents as a form of pet therapy.
Come Visit our Shelter!
Look for the Animal Shelter sign on Peconic Lane, 100 feet from the Main Road (behind the Southold Town Police Station).