Steps To Adopting
Adopting a pet is a very rewarding experience and our adoption counselors will be there to help you each step of the way. To ensure the safety of our animals and to make sure you get the best possible service, we have outlined the adoption procedure below.
You may view our available animals on www.petfinder.com, however you must come into the shelter to adopt. Once you pick out an animal you are interested in you may take him/her for a walk or bond with them in our adoption room. We recommend spending some time with an animal outside of his/her cage or kennel in order to get a feel for their true personality.
After you have decided on an animal, please return to the front desk to fill out an adoption application. The adoption application can also be viewed here. You must come into the shelter to adopt. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. This application allows us to gain more information about you and to make sure you have chosen an animal that is best suited to your lifestyle and living arrangement. At this time, if you rent and do not own, you be required to fill out a landlord agreement before we can proceed further with the adoption process. Depending on the type of animal you are adopting, we may require additional information or a house visit. For example, if you are adopting a large dog like a pit bull we require you to have a fenced in yard and we may visit the home in order to ensure it is a safe environment. Adoptions are at the shelter’s discretion and filling out an application does not guarantee you will be approved for an adoption.
Next, you will fill out the adoption contract. This is the binding contract for the adoption of the animal you choose. You will also pay the adoption fee and get your adoption packet of information. If the animal is already spayed or neutered and current on all of their shots, they may be able to leave with you immediately. If the animal needs to be spayed or neutered, one of the staff members will work with your schedule and put your animal on the next available surgery day. You will be able to pick up your animal after 5:00pm the day it has surgery.
In order to adopt, you must be 18 years of age, have a proper form of picture identification, be prepared to pay the adoption fee and if you rent you must fill out a Landlord Agreement and present us with a copy of your lease agreement. GSHS reserves the right to deny any application.
Thank you for your understanding and we are thrilled you are opening your home and family to one of our animals!