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.
With respect and compassion for all animal life, Hand Pet Rescue of West Virginia promotes lifelong relationships between people and companion animals, providing shelter and care for each precious life until adopted into a forever home.
Hand Pet Rescue of West Virginia goal is to help create a no kill where people are responsible for their pets, where there are no helpless creatures abandoned in boxes or left to fend for themselves in parking lots, where there is no longer a need for any healthy companion animal to be euthanized. There are many worthy organizations and individuals working toward this end. The rescue network is communicative and non-competitive. Certainly, progress is being made.
We require a home visit
Application: Helping Hand Pet Rescue must have an approved Adoption Application filled out and signed. You may complete the application either at the shelter or download it from our website and bring it along to the shelter. You will be interviewed by an Adoption Counselor to help you determine the pet(s) that best fit your household and family situation.
Occasionally, we will have an adult cat who absolutely requires an indoor/outdoor home. In such case, we will make every attempt to ensure that the environment into which this cat is placed is as safe as possible.
Landlord Approval: Helping Hand Pet Rescue will require proof that you are allowed to have pets if you live in rental housing or in a condominium with animal restrictions in the by-laws. To avoid delays in adopting your pet, please bring a copy of your Lease along with your application.
Age/Employment: Helping Hand Pet Rescue wants to adopt to those who are financially secure and in a stable living situation. For example, college students sometimes adopt animals then discard them when they graduate or even just go home for the summer. Because there may be, at some time, significant veterinary costs involved with any pet, we ask that people adopt only if they are over the age of 21 and financially able to bear the cost of future emergencies.
Declawing: There is a wealth of statistical information indicating that cats frequently suffer long term problems after being surgically declawed. These problems include both aggressive biting and eliminating outside the litter box. MEOW requires that you sign a CONTRACT agreeing that you will NOT have the cat's claws surgically altered in any way, including laser surgery or tendonotomy. If, for any reason, you feel you MUST have a declawed cat, we will be happy to give you a call when we rescue a cat that is already declawed. Read more about declawing at www.declawing.com.
Family Decision: Having a pet should be a pleasant and rewarding experience for all involved. If you have small children, please bring them with you when you come for your adoption interview. Helping Hand Pet Rescue often has kitties who have shown themselves to be particularly tolerant of children. Our Adoption Counselors will work with you to determine the best fit for your family.
Lifetime Commitment: Helping Hand Pet Rescue expects that when you adopt a pet you have made a decision to care for that pet for its entire life. A cat may be a 20 year commitment. Please think through this extremely important decision before you come to the shelter. A pet becomes a family member. A responsible pet owner/guardian makes life decisions to include their pets.
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.