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Adoption Information

 

 Should you adopt a new pet?

This is a big decision. It is important to ask yourself many questions and answer them completely before signing an adoption contract. Looking at those cute faces and into those soulful eyes pulls at everyone’s heartstrings. Love at first sight can lead to a twenty-year commitment. Let reason guide your decision, not your emotions.

Are you ready?

Why do you want a pet?

An adult pet will be in your home long after a child’s desire and promise to care for a puppy or kitten has flown. There are many adult Dalmatians, Jack Russell terriers, and Chihuahuas in need of homes because television and movies feature a few beautiful and talented individual animals of these breeds causing many people to adopt animals ill-suited to their particular home.

Can you afford a pet?

Necessary veterinary costs can be quite large over the fifteen - twenty year lifetime of a pet. Food, grooming, boarding / pet sitting while you vacation, cat litter, beds, toys, training classes for dogs, license fees all add up quickly. Do not underestimate the monetary costs of pet ownership.  There are some that say you should expect to spend around $1000.00 a year on average for the basic proper care of a pet.

Will you be a responsible pet owner?

Adopting a pet is making a commitment to the health and well being of that animal for his or her lifetime. Pets all need love, companionship, good diet, veterinary care and exercise. As a pet owner, it is essential that you and your family members have the time and enthusiasm required for daily pet care. Who will provide the hours of daily feeding, brushing, exercising, emptying cat boxes, cleaning up puppy "puddles" and training?

Are you allowed to have a pet where you live?

Many rental property owners do not allow pets. Those that do allow pets often require large deposits or have other restrictions. If you reside in a rental property, Seward Animal Shelter requires proof of permission from the property owner.

Can you accept the special problems encountered with some pets?

Not all, but many cats scratch furniture. While this problem can be mitigated with appropriate scratching material, it is likely that a cat will at sometime during its life scratch something it should not. Dogs: Accidents from animals not yet housebroken. All animals: unexpected medical costs. Dogs: How big will it get? A cute cuddly puppy might become a 100 lb. eating machine.

Is this a good time for you to adopt a pet?

Children must be mature enough to understand a pet’s special needs. If your child is under six years, you might want to wait before adopting a companion animal. If you or other family members travel frequently - if you are a student - if you are in the military, you might want to wait for your life circumstances to stabilize before making a pet a part of your life.

Lastly, do your homework. Research and plan for this addition to your family as you would any other. Search the Internet. Speak to friends and family who are longtime pet owners. Consult with a veterinarian about potential and expected medical costs for animal care. Visit your local shelter and spend time with the animals. If you make a reasoned and planned decision to adopt a shelter animal, you are more likely to find pet ownership a rewarding and happy experience. Fifteen to twenty years of unconditional love and companionship is priceless.

Once you have decided to adopt a pet, we encourage you to visit the shelter as many times as you would like to meet the four legged companion of your dreams.  Talk to the staff about what you expect form a pet, so we can help make the best match for you and our pets available for adoption.

We have an adoption contract for you to sign as well as other paperwork.  You should expect the adoption process to take at least 30 minutes.

Fee Schedule for Adoptions

CATS

DOGS

Female

$40.00 Spay Deposit

$15.00 Anti-rabies vaccination deposit

$10.60 Adoption Fee

$10.00 Avid Microchip

TOTAL: $75.60 

Refund after vaccines/spaying $55.00

Female

$50.00 Spay Deposit

$15.00 Anti-rabies vaccination deposit

$15.90 Adoption Fee

$5.00 License Fee

$10.00 Avid Microchip

TOTAL: $95.90 

Refund after vaccines & spaying $65.00

Male

$30.00 Neuter Deposit

$15.00 Anti-rabies vaccination deposit

$10.60 Adoption Fee

$10.00 Avid Microchip

TOTAL: $65.60 

Refund after vaccines/ neutering $45.00

Male

$40.00 Neuter Deposit

$15.00 Anti-rabies vaccination deposit

$15.90 Adoption Fee

$5.00 License Fee

$10.00 Avid Microchip

TOTAL: $85.90 

Refund after vaccines/ neutering $55.00

Saves Lives!  Spay and neuter and adopt homeless pets!