We appreciate your consideration of adopting a homeless pet. Pet ownership is a serious responsibility, and a lifelong commitment. We have an obligation to the animal to ensure his new family is prepared to accept him, and we have an obligation to potential adopters to help them find the right pet for their circumstances and lifestyle. However you obtain your new pet it is still going to require your time, cost, and responsibility.
After selecting a pet to adopt, you will fill out an adoption questionnaire-application, which gives us important information about you, where you live, and the environment in which the pet will live. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received.
Consulting. We recommend you choose your pet carefully. After processing your application, which could take one to five days depending on the animals status, we will help you prepare for the responsibilities of pet ownership.
Visiting the veterinarian. Within seven (7) days from adopting your new pet, it must go to a participating veterinarian for a physical exam. The exam is free and will help establish a relationship with your veterinarian to ensure your new pet is healthy. If the veterinarian recommends any shots or treatments, he or she will discuss them and the cost before proceeding. State law requires all dogs and cats 4 months and older to be vaccinated against rabies. Animals that are not currently up to date on their rabies shot must be vaccinated by the veterinarian. Adopters pay a low-cost fee of $10.00 directly to the veterinarian for the rabies shot. If the pet is being delivered by Shelter staff to the veterinarian for spay/neuter prior to adoption, the physical exam will be performed at that time.
Spaying/neutering. Tragically, eight million animals are euthanized in shelters across the country each year, due to the tremendous pet overpopulation problem. Virginia State Law requires every pet adopted from a Shelter be spayed or neutered. An appointment date with the participating veterinarian for spaying or neutering of your new pet will be entered on the adoption contract, and you are responsible for presenting the pet to the veterinarian on that date. Failure to spay or neuter the pet will result in criminal and civil fines and repossession of the pet.
Signing the adoption contract. When the adoption application is approved, a time is scheduled for you to come to the Shelter, sign the adoption contract, pay the fees, and pick up the pet. If the Shelter is delivering the pet to the veterinarian for spay or neuter surgery, you will pick up the pet directly from the animal hospital after the surgery. You must agree to the terms of the legal binding adoption contract and sign that you will abide by all of them. If you have any questions about the terms of the contract, please ask.
Dogs: with adoption fee, license, spay/neuter surgery: $125
Cats: with adoption fee, spay/neuter surgery: $90
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