Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
Our adoption process is designed to identify the RIGHT PET for each adopter. All potential adopters must fill out an application which will be reviewed by the Adoption Manager. We try to make the adoption process easy, clear, and pleasant. We ask questions about how the pet will be housed, the kind of environment the pet will be in, what type of activities you expect to do with the pet, who the family members are, and what your expectations for the pet might be. These questions are not meant to be invasive but rather to help us determine if the pet will fit into your family so the adoption will be a permanent one.
When possible, Shelter volunteers and staff evaluate each animal through regular interaction at the shelter or in foster care. This interaction gives us a better understanding of the animal’s reaction to new situations and people thus allowing us to tell the potential adopter as much as possible about the animal. We can also advise the adopter if a specific animal will be suitable for the adopter’s family.
Animals are social creatures who thrive when they are treated as part of the adopting family and they should have access to the same indoor living quarters as their caretakers. We will not place a dog in a home where the dog would be tied out or kenneled in a small space most of the time.
We are more than happy to work with RESCUES to find placements for our great animals. All dogs are vaccinated - DHLPP - and dewormed immediately upon intake unless unable due to illness or injury. In these instances they are provided vet care (when possible) or quarantine until they are healthy enough to be vaccinated. Rabies appointments are set up monthly, health certificates are provided when necessary for transports to other shelters when notified in a timely manner. Puppies are quarantined for one week after arrival/vaccination before being posted for adoption availability and are usually placed in foster care immediately.
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Donations are always in need and are greatly appreciated to help with our spaying and neutering efforts! If you don’t have the money to donate you can also help by volunteering to walk our dogs! Our shelter is always in need of Cat food, dog food, Dog and cat crates, Leashes, tie outs, food and water bowls, kitty litter, cleaning supplies such as Paper Towels, Bleach, Pine Sol. Also old blankets, sweatshirts, towels etc., provide some great bedding for our animals.
Our adoption events are usually once or twice a month and are currently being held between Hagerstown MD and Tyson VA Saturdays from 10am-3pm
Fees for dogs range from $65-150.*
Fees for Cats range from $25-65.*
(*Does not include spay and neuter fee if done, and all Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE)
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.