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.
HHS takes in strays found in the community, rescues animals from shelters, and accepts pets surrendered by owners who can no longer care from them. The majority of these animals are kept in temporary foster homes until permanent, loving homes can be found for them.
Thanks to the hundreds of hours worked by volunteers and generous donations from concerned supporters, the organization raises sufficient funds to provide for the hundreds of animals cared for each year. HHS is very proud of its accomplishments, and is dedicated to maintaining its service to the community and homeless animals.
HHS generally has 50-85 cats and dogs available at any given time. We have kittens and puppies available at various times of the year. If you’re interested in adopting a young kitten or puppy, please consider your decision carefully as this is not the best option for everyone. We often take in young animals from adopters who didn’t consider the demanding needs and responsibilities of raising a kitten or puppy.
Animals in our care generally range in age from infants to seniors and come in various mixed breeds. After you submit an adoption application, a volunteer will ask you a series of questions to help determine what animal will most closely match the environment you can provide. You have already taken the first step in the adoption process by indicating your interest in a rescued animal. We ask that you have patience throughout the adoption process as volunteers do their best to finding the most appropriate home for every animal we rescue.
The procedure for adopting a homeless pet through Henrico Humane Society is as follows:
1. A prospective adopter should complete an application, which may be done online or at an adoption stand.
2. An adoption volunteer will contact the veterinary reference(s), landlord(s) and personal references provided on the application.
3. A volunteer will conduct an extensive interview with the prospective adopter.
4. If the adoption request is approved, a volunteer will work with the prospective adopter to match the request with a pet that best fits their circumstances. A home visit may be necessary to make sure all members of the family, including any other dogs and cats, are compatible.
•HHS reserves the right to refuse an applicant if, in our judgment, their home situation is not compatible with the needs of the animal, or if the animal is deemed unsuitable for the applicant for any reason.
•An adoption volunteer will do their best to find an animal that meets the wants and needs of the potential adopter. HHS does not, however, guarantee a successful placement.
•If a pet has been identified but the potential adopter is unable to commit to the adoption in a timely manner, HHS is under no obligation to hold the animal until they are able to do so.
5. Complete an adoption contract. By signing the contract, you commit to make the animal you adopt a member of your family. Additionally, you agree:
•to license your pet
•that your pet will live indoors
•that you will provide proper care including monthly flea/tick treatments and heartworm prevention medication
•to take your pet to the vet at least once a year for vaccinations, heartworm testing, etc.
•to pay for any medical procedures or medication your pet may need over the course of their lifetime
6. An adoption fee is required at the time of the adoption. This fee helps defray any costs incurred while the animal was in our care. These costs include, but are not limited to, medical exams, medical treatment (such as spay/neuter), vaccinations, heartworm tests, medication, and food.
•Occasionally, the adoption fee for a specific animal may be higher than the standard fee. In these cases, the higher fee will be noted in the bio on the website.
7. Shortly after the adoption has been completed, a volunteer may call to check on the animal and answer any questions the adopter may have about integrating the new pet into the household. The adopter agrees to:
•Contact a volunteer with any questions or problems. It’s easier to address a concern as it occurs rather than at some later time.
•Keep the Henrico Humane Society tag on their pet’s collar in the event the animal is lost
•Maintain their current address and contact information with us in the event the pet is ever lost and tracked to HHS by our identification tag.
8. If the adoption is not satisfactory for any reason, the adopter agrees to contact HHS immediately in the event they no longer want to care for the animal. The animal must not be sold or given away. HHS also retains the right to reclaim any animal it adopts that is neglected, allowed to roam free or not cared for properly.
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.