Adoption Information

Important Considerations When Selecting Your Pet:

  • Temperament: Take the dog for a “test walk” or bring them to our fenced area. A staff person is happy to assist you. The dog will likely be overly energetic to get out of the kennel. This behavior is not representative of their true personality.
  • Consider the size of the dog and how much space the dog will require in your home.
  • Even if the dog was housebroken upon arrival at the shelter, they will most likely need a refresher course after being in the kennel for any length of time. Please be patient.
  • Puppies require a lot more time and attention than an older dog.
  • Pets must be kept indoors.
  • Pets must be taken to a veterinarian within 10 days of adoption.
  • If you already have a dog, feel free to bring it to our fenced area to meet the dog you are considering.

THE ADOPTION PROCESS
1st. You complete an Adoption Application
2nd. We will review the application and contact your references.
3rd. Depending on the number of applicants ahead of you, you may take your new friend home in a couple of hours. Processing may take up to 48 hours.
To apply for adoption online complete an Adoption Application ICHS ADOPTION FEES

(Effective 1-14-09)

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Cat Colony Cats: $50.00

Includes:

  • Feline Leukemia Testing and Vaccine
  • First Set of Vaccinations 
  • De worming treatment 
  • Frontline Flea Control
  • Home Again Microchip

This is a $200.00 Value !!!

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Cats & Kittens : $40.00

Includes:

  • First Set of Vaccinations
  • De worming treatment
  • Frontline Flea Control
  • Home Again Microchip

This is a $150.00 Value !!!

Feline Leukemia Testing and Vaccine can be
purchased for an additional $50.00

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Dogs: $125.00
Puppies: $125.00
Senior Dogs: $70.00

Includes:

  • First Set of Vaccinations
  • De worming treatment
  • Frontline Flea Control
  • Home Again Microchip
  • Parvo Testing for Puppies ($25.00 Value)

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Special adoptions:

  • Dogs for Senior citizens over 65 yrs old -$70.00 or Senior pets over 6 years old
  • Cats for Senior citizens over 65 yrs old or Senior cats over 6yrs old Half price
  • Pets for Vets: Half price adoptions with proof of military ID
  • Special dog adoptions: Any dog that has been available for adoption:
  • over 60 days: Half Price
  •  Special Cat Adoption Prices: Any cat that has been available for adoption:
  • over 60 days Half Price

Adoptions include:

  • Microchip
  • First set of vaccines (sometimes more depending on length of stay)
  • Deworming
  • Flea treatment

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ALL ADOPTION FEES ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS!
Please note:

Refunds are available within ten (10) days from the date of adoption, IF the pet has a genetic condition or an illness affecting its longevity that has been diagnosed by a Licensed Veterinarian.

The ICHS has the legal right to reclaim the animal if spay/neuter surgery is not completed within the required time limit.

Adopters may not sell, give, or transfer the animal to anyone else or any other society or allow the animal to be used for any experimental purposes.

Strays must be held for 48 hours prior to adoption. If you are interested in a pet, complete an Adoption Application and we will contact you when the pet may be adopted.

CRITERIA FOR ADOPTION
Adopters must:

  1. Be 21 years of age or older and have a photo ID showing their present address.
  2. Have the consent of all adults living in the household.
  3. Have the knowledge and consent of their landlord, if a renter.
  4. Understand that animals are to be kept as an indoor, household companion and integrated into the family.
  5. Be physically, emotionally, and financially able to care for the animal selected and take responsibility for all animal care and veterinary bills.
  6. Must have a positive pet care history and at least two references.
  7. Understand and agree that the animal will be spayed or neutered.
  8. Understand that the ICHS does not guarantee the health or temperament of any adopted animal.
  9. Understand that they are making a commitment for the lifetime of the animal.

MATCHMAKING SERVICE
If you don’t find the pet you are looking for, please sign up for our Matchmaking Service. We receive thousands of pets each year and would be happy to contact you when a pet becomes available. Ask a staff representative for more information.

FOSTER CARE
If you are interested in providing temporary care, please consider Foster Care. The foster home provides love, food, shelter and socialization skills until a suitable home can be found for the pet. The ICHS limits the number of animals placed in a foster home at any one time and the amount of time a pet may remain in foster care. Pets must be at least 1 year of age to be in foster care.

YOU CAN HELP IN OTHER WAYS
If you can’t adopt a pet, Adopt a Kennel. Great gift idea for the pet lover. $30/mo
Volunteer: Fundraising, Shelter Work, Dog walking, Cat socialization, Office work.
Supplies: Food, Cleaning and Office supplies, Toys, Treats
Donations: Any amount is greatly appreciated

Printable Adoption/Foster Care Form in PDF

Vaccines included in all adoption fees

Dogs and puppies: DHLPP-CV (distemper combination with coronavirus)

• Bordetella- canine coughCats and Kittens: FVRCP

All animals receive at least their first round of vaccines prior to adoption.
All animals are also dewormed and treated for fleas.