Before being approved for adoption, each animal is evaluated for possible health and behavioral problems. Stray animals are held for three business days. This gives a rightful owner the necessary time to reclaim their pet if previously lost (see owner reclaim policy). Regardless of the situation these animals come from, each animal is looking for and deserves a relationship that lasts a lifetime. The HSMS encourages each new owner to realize and take on the responsibility and commitment of a new pet, but also to enjoy the joy and love each animal brings.
The adoption process begins with each potential adopter filling out an adoption application. The application asks questions that will provide information on how the animal will be cared for. The Shelter staff can then assist the potential adopter with the selection of a pet. The Shelter staff also screens potential adopters and may, on occasion, decline an adoption. In certain situations, a home visit may be required. And if a person has another dog, Shelter staff may request that they bring their other dog(s) to the shelter where they will be placed together in the meet-and-greet room to ensure compatibility.