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Adopting a new pet is one of the most exciting times ever!  Our staff and volunteers will do their very best to help you find just the right match and to ensure the adoption process is as easy and smooth as possible.  Please review the adoption guidelines below.  You may then submit your adoption application online through the links below.  We also have paper applications available at the Shelter, but we encourage you to submit your application online.  This allows our Adoption Committee time to review the application and discuss any questions they may have prior to your visit.  

**  Please Note:  If your application is approved and you have included an email address, our Adoption Committee will respond to you by email.  Please be sure to check your spam and junk folders so that you don't miss the important information about your adoption!


We are scheduling adoptions by appointment only and do have strict requirements.  You are welcome to stop at CCHS to spend time in Kitty City or visit the Dog Kennels during our open hours.  We will assist with pet introductions and walk-in adoptions as time allows.  Priority is given to scheduled appointments, so you may need to wait until a staff member is available to assist you. If there is not time available, we'll be happy to schedule an appointment for you to meet the animal(s) you are interested in.  Thank you for your patience!  

Basic Guidelines


1 - Spaying or neutering will be done prior to adoption.


2 - Cats must leave in a carrier / dogs on a leash with a properly fitted collar.  We do not allow prong collars.


3 - Be sure you can come during our open hours: 12-3 pm Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat


4 - To adopt you must be 18 years or older 


5 - If renting, written landlord permission is required


6 - We do long distance adoptions, but do not ship or transport pets. 


7 - If you cannot keep your adopted pet, we ask that it be returned to our Shelter.


8 - Processing may take up to 24-48 hours.


Am I approved?


Completed applications are reviewed by our Adoption Committee and the most appropriate home for that particular pet will be chosen. It is not "first come, first served" situation.  All applications will remain on file for 3 months. We try to contact all applicants, but due to limited funding and volunteers, sometimes only the chosen family can be notified (emailed/called).  If you are not notified it doesn't mean your application was not acceptable, it may just mean someone else was chosen from the many applications submitted for that pet.  We want the best matches so these pets are not homeless again. For "high demand" pets, applications pour in, unfortunately only one family can get the pet, so several others will be disappointed. To show you've read our entire process, enter the words "we care" when asked on the application if you have read our process.




Space in our Shelter is limited and if we find a perfect home for that particular pet, we may cut off any further applications that have been started. By submitting your application, you are in no way guaranteed a pet. CCHS takes great pride in not just finding 'a home', but a great home for each of our special pets. Very rarely do we deny an applicant, so if you miss out on a pet, please do not think of yourself as being denied. With the pet's best interest in mind, as well as yours, we match people and pets together for long-term relationships. CCHS has the right to deny any application, for any reason, at any time. 


1-If you are renting, please bring a copy of lease or landlord permission note when picking the pet up.

Landlord signed permission note should include the items listed below (mark with N/A if no restriction)

     A - Renters name, and rental address:

     B - Number of pets allowed on property:

     C - For Dogs:   Maximum Size of Dogs Allowed?   What breeds are not allowed?

           For Cats:    Is declawing a cat required?:

     D - Are pets allowed inside the home?:

     E - List any other restrictions:

     F - Printed AND Signed landlord's name:

     G - Landlord's contact phone number:

     H - Date signed

2- Bring your drivers license

3- Cats must leave in a carrier, Dogs with a properly fitting leash/collar--NO EXCEPTIONS!

        Shop in our Shelter Store--all profits go directly back to the animals!

4- Adoption fees may be paid by cash or credit card.  Checks are not accepted.


Adoption fees are indicated in each animal's description on PetFinder.

Vet check, vaccinations (age appropriate), deworming, flea/ear mite treatment as needed,  blood test for dogs (age permitting), blood test for cats (if health indicated only) and spay/neuter surgery. All pets leaving CCHS are microchipped which includes a free ID tag and lifetime registration of the microchip. We provide an adoption folder with lots of helpful information.  You'll also receive a free 1 year subscription to our newsletter, Great & Small. In return, all we ask for are updates and photos to post on our wall!

Thank you for considering one of our special pets!

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