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Adopting A Friend

The primary goal of all of us at Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association is to ensure that every animal in our charge is adopted into a lifelong, compatible, loving, safe, and healthy home. In addition, we make every effort to guarantee that those animals that leave will not produce offspring, thereby perpetuating the cycle of unwanted pets.

Please give our staff two business days to process your application. At times staff will need additional time to contact your landlord or veterinary hospital for reference. To ensure a smooth application process please make sure both your landlord and veterinary hospital are aware that one of our representatives will be contacting them.

All animals adopted from Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association are current on vaccinations, deworming, flea treatment, have been spayed/neutered, have been microchipped, will be sent with a free veterinary visit, and an adoption kit. All adopters are offered the gift of 30 days free pet insurance through 24PetWatch!

Adoptable pets must be considered healthy, 8 weeks or older, over 2 pounds, current on required vaccinations/medical care, and dogs must have received a behavior evaluation.

Adoption guidelines include:

  • There must be landlord approval

  • Pets already in the home must have a current rabies vaccination (core vaccines are recommended)

  • No pets will knowingly be released to an individual with a history of violence or neglect to animals or humans

  • No pets will knowingly be released for animal fighting or human attack purposes

  • No pets will knowingly be released to an individual who has previously failed to provide adequate care for animals

  • Pets will be surgically altered previous to leaving the building

  • Pets kept outside will be provided with substantial daily exercise and environmental stimulation

  • Pets placed into homes will have passed a behavior evaluation and have no history of aggression with humans or severe aggression with other animals.

  • Pets placed into homes without confinement will be contained in a manner that is both safe and humane, not including chaining for long periods of time

It is our desire that animals adopted from WRHA provide a lifetime of safe and pleasurable company. Animals new to the shelter are observed and dogs undergo a behavior evaluation to ascertain how the they will react in different situations. These recommendations based on the behavioral evaluation will be used when making adoption matches.

You can fill out a general adoption application through our website at www.wanderersrest.org or by stopping in!

Who We Are

Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association is an open-admission shelter in Canastota, New York, that serves more than 1,000 cats and dogs each year. Wanderers’ Rest accepts unwanted or stray dogs and cats from Madison County, but is open to all Central New Yorkers who wish to adopt a dog or cat. Through its public education programs, the shelter promotes responsible pet ownership and humane treatment of animals everywhere. Wanderers’ Rest is a non-profit, 501c3 organization that welcomes contributions and volunteers.

Come Visit Us

Stop out and visit us at:

7138 Sutherland Drive, Canastota NY 13032


  • Monday 12pm to 5:30pm
  • Tuesday 3pm to 7pm
  • Wednesday 3pm to 7pm
  • Thursday 12pm to 5:30pm
  • Friday 12pm to 5:30pm
  • Saturday 12pm to 5:30pm
  • Sunday 12pm to 5pm

You can also visit some of our feline friends at:

Petco at Norther Lights Plaza, North Syracuse

Pet Supplies Plus on Erie Blvd, Syracuse


Contact Wanderers' Rest Humane Association


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