Getting a new pet is a fun and exciting time, but also a time for careful
thought and consideration. Your new friend is depending on you to care
for him or her for the rest of their life! He or she will require regular
veterinarian visits to stay healthy, a lifetime of food, the occasional toy,
valuable time for training, and a lot of patience and love. But it's well
worth it, because in return, you'll receive a pet's lifetime of
companionship, smiles, and unconditional love! If you have decided that
you'd like to find a new friend, here are a few steps to help guide you
through the process.
STEP ONE - SELECTING YOUR NEW
So many potential pets to choose from -- where do you begin? Before
deciding on a pet, it's best to think about what characteristics you like. Do
you want a playful dog with lots of energy who loves to run and fetch a
ball? Or maybe you'd like a kitty softly purring next to you? Knowing what
you like (or do not like) is a huge help in the process and in the end, will
result in a much more satisfying relationship between you and your new pet.
- Visit the shelter in person! You are welcome to visit the shelter
anytime during regular business hours to walk through and meet the
animals. They love the attention!
Click here for shelter hours and directions.
STEP TWO - SUBMIT AN APPLICATION
Once you've found your new best friend, it's time to submit an application
for adoption. Simply fill out the Online Application, or visit the shelter. We
will review your information to make sure that you and the pet will make a
good match, and get back to you shortly. During this time, you are welcome
(and encouraged) to bring your current pet to the shelter to meet his/her
potential new friend. It's a big deal for your current pets as well, so they
should have a say in the matter!
STEP THREE - MEET YOUR NEW PET!
When you select your new pet, there will be some paperwork to fill out and
payment of adoption fees. The adoption fees vary per animal, depending on
their size and breed, so be sure to check the fees for your chosen animal.
Adoption fees help the shelter tremendously, and we thank you for
understanding that this is an important part of the process. (Reduced
adoption fees are available for seniors. For more info, click here.)
STEP FOUR - I'M GOING HOME!
Bring a leash and a collar for your new dog, or a small cat carrier for your
new cat, to help transport them safely. Be happy and SMILE…you've just
made a difference in an animal's life!
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PO Box 995 -Rock Hill, NY 12775 - (845) 796-3120