Our Adoption Process...
Sierra Vista Animal Care and Control Adoption Policy
PURPOSE: The Purpose of this policy is to standardize the procedure for adopting an animal from the Sierra Vista Animal Care And Control Facility. This policy will explain what is expected from a person who adopts an animal from our facility and what that person can expect from the City of Sierra Vista.
Welcome to the Sierra Vista Animal Care and Control Facility. Our intention is to unite suitable pets with permanent responsible homes. Please take a few minutes to read the following information regarding pet adoptions.
1. The adoption fee for a dog is $75.00 and a cat is $50.00. This includes an examination by the veterinarian, sterilization (spay or neuter), a microchip (registration included), a 1 year city license and the following vaccinations: one Bordatella, one Parvo/Distemper, and rabies vaccine for dogs. Cats include: 1 Feline Distemper Combo and rabies vaccine. The adopter is responsible for all other shots thereafter. All other animals are $5.00, with exception to rabbits and ferrets which are $25.00 and include spay/neuter and rabies vaccine (ferrets only).
2. When the adoption has been completed, our staff will make an appointment and transport the pet to one of our three contracted veterinary clinics. We will not release any dog or cat to the adopter, unless the animal has already been vaccinated, sterilized and micro-chipped. It will be the adopter’s responsibility to pick up the adopted animal from the veterinarian clinic as directed by Animal Care and Control staff. Appointments will be scheduled at the earliest convenience. If the veterinarian finds the animal unsuitable for the required medical procedure(s), the veterinarian will contact the Animal Care and Control staff or the adopter. The adopter will have the option of rescheduling the appointment, choosing another animal or having the adoption fee refunded. If the veterinarian determines the pet to be less than three (3) months of age or too young to be vaccinated for rabies, the adopter will be responsible to take the animal back to the contracted veterinarian at the appropriate time to receive the rabies vaccine. (The fee for the rabies vaccination is included in the adoption fee.)
3. There is a fifteen (15) day trial period for all pets adopted from our facility. Any pet may be returned to the Animal Care and Control Facility within the trial period. There will be no refunds of the adoption fee unless it is determined by a veterinarian that the adopted animal was harboring a life-threatening disease or condition at the time of adoption. After the fifteen-day trial period, the pet will have to be released to the Animal Control facility that services your area of residence.
4. The City of Sierra Vista has a leash law for dogs. The leash law requires all dogs be kept on a leash while off the owner’s property. Cats are required to be vaccinated for rabies, and they are required to wear identification.
5. We reserve the right to investigate any information furnished by a potential adopter as well as conduct a “ home inspection” if necessary. Any information you provide us will be considered when processing the application. Home inspections are required for the adoption of purebred and high percentage mixes of Pit Bull-type dogs.
6. All adoptions will be considered on a first come, first serve basis, when the animal is available for adoption.
7. All adopted dogs and cats must have access to fresh, clean water at all times.
8. All adopted dogs must be provided with a dog house of the proper size while outside.
9. All owners are responsible for providing follow-up vet care, as necessary, for their adopted pet.
10. Cats will not be adopted into homes where they will be allowed unsupervised access to the outdoors.
11. We reserve the right to conduct temperament evaluations of any animal prior to adoption and place restrictions on the adoption of animals based on the results.
12. All purebred and high percentage mixes of Pit Bull-type dogs will be temperament evaluated prior to adoption. Generally, dogs of this breed will only be adopted into households with opposite gendered dogs following a required dog-to-dog introduction or to a home with no other dogs present. This policy also holds for those wishing to adopt any animal into a household that already has a dog of this breed. All potential Pit Bull adopters will be required to review the educational video “The Pit Bull Paradox” created by the Latham Foundation and a packet of literature containing information on the breed from various recognized animal welfare organizations.
When completing the application, please answer all questions with as much detail as possible. It will take us longer to process your application if we are not provided the necessary information. Normally, it should only take five to ten minutes to process your application.
The City of Sierra vista, the veterinarian, or their representatives shall not be held responsible for any illness or damages caused by an adopted animal. Our intention is to adopt only healthy animals, however, there are times when illnesses are not detected by our staff.
The veterinarian will use a general anesthetic during the sterilization process to prevent pain and control anxiety. Even though the most modern and safest procedures are used, there is always some minimal risk involved in any surgical procedure.
We normally stop processing applications ½ hour prior to our scheduled closing time. We will gladly supply you with a map or directions indicating the location of the Animal Hospital.
ADOPTIONS MAY BE REFUSED FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
1. If the applicant is not at least 18 years old, or if the applicant is still residing with his/her parent/guardian, then permission of the parent or guardian will be required.
2. If lease agreements do not allow pets, weight or size restrictions are not met, or the number of pets exceeds the limitations.
3. If homeowner’s insurance does not allow the breed or type of dog being adopted.
4. If currently owned dogs and cats are not properly vaccinated against rabies, or if currently owned dogs that reside within Sierra Vista City limits are not licensed.
5. If the Animal Care and Control Facility has documentation of any of the following:
• An excessive number of complaints regarding the adopter’s animals, or
• The applicant has had an animal impounded by this facility more than twice in any six (6) month period; or
• If the applicant has been convicted of any animal control violation(s) within the past year, or
• If the applicant has charges pending by any animal control agency, or
• If the applicant provided false information.
6. If the applicant has ever been convicted of animal cruelty.
7. If the applicant has disposed of an excessive number of animals within the past three (3) years.
8. If the results of a home inspection are not satisfactory.
9. If it is not in the best interest of all concerned. This includes the animal’s well being.
10.All adoptions are at the discretion of the Animal Control Supervisor.