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Frequently Asked Questions 2017-02-08T09:07:06+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an online adoption application? 2017-02-08T09:07:07+00:00

No we do not have an application available online. We prefer that people interested in adopting come out to the shelter to see the animals in person before considering adoption. Once you’ve had the time to view our available animals and if you are interested in a specific animal, you would then complete a Pre-Adopt application. Our goal is to ensure that each animal is placed in a home that is a good fit for both the family and the adoptive pet.

What are the adoption fees? 2017-02-08T09:07:07+00:00
Dogs
$350.00 Puppy up to 1 year of age*
$300.00 Adult Dog – 1 year to 7 years
$250.00 Senior Dog – over 7 years**
Cats
$130.00 Kittens (2 for $220.00)
$100.00 Teenager – 6 months to 1 year (2 for $170.00)
$80.00 Adult Cat (2 for $120.00)
$50.00 Senior Cat – over 7 years**

*A $50.00 rebate will be refunded to the owner upon proof of completion of an obedience training class within 6 months of the adoption date.

**Eligible for our Senior to Senior program

What methods of payment do you accept for adoption fees? 2016-05-03T00:29:45+00:00

When adopting, we accept cash and all major credit and debit cards.

What should I bring when I am picking up my adopted pet? 2017-02-08T09:07:07+00:00

All cats must be transported in a cat carrier. If you do not have a carrier, you may purchase a cardboard carrier for $5 at the shelter. For dogs, we do provide a collar and leash at adoption to make it easy to transport your new pet to your vehicle. We do recommend, however, that you have another responsible person in the car to help keep your new dog calm on the way home.

I found a stray animal. Can you help me? 2016-05-12T10:38:16+00:00

If you find some stray kitten(s) that are newborns and still with the mother or if you find kittens that are actively moving around and can be caught, or know that the mother is not alive, then please contact our shelter directly and ask to speak to one of our directors for further information about what to do.

Helping Paws cannot accept stray dogs or adult cats as they may actually have an owner who is looking for them. If you do find a stray, you must contact your local animal control facility and inform them about the animal.

What if I have questions after I get my new pet home? 2017-02-08T09:07:07+00:00

We try to set the right expectations about anything we know about the pet before you adopt but if you are experiencing a problem, we want to help you fix it.

When you get your new pet home remember it will take time for everyone to adjust, but things should start feeling comfortable within a week or two. Please take time also to read through the information in your Adoption folder.

We do have a number of volunteers who can assist with training and/or behavioral issues and we would be happy to provide you with a complimentary phone consultation. We also send home every pet with 30 days of free health insurance that comes in handy should a medical problem develop after adoption. We want every adoption to be successful.

We will follow up within the first 30 days after you adopt from us, to ensure that you have the support that you need. If you need to contact us before that, please email us at adoptions@helpingpaws.net.