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How to Adopt a Pet

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.


Our adoption fees are as follows:

  • Puppies under 4 months – $125.00
  • Dogs over 4 months – Mixed breed – $100.00
  • Pure Bred Dog – any age – $125.00 (and up)
  • Kittens – up to 1 year – $100
  • Adult Cats – 1 year and over – $80.00
  • Adopt two pets and receive $25.00 off
  • Adopt two feline kennel mates and receive $35.00 off

All dogs and cats are spayed and/or neutered prior to adoption and the adoption fee also includes microchipping at the time of adoption. All dogs must leave the Shelter with a collar and leash and all cats must leave in an approved carrier. Visit our PAWSITIVELY PURRFECT ADOPTION CENTER.

Placing Animals with HSMS

NOTICE: It is a crime to abuse, ignore, or dump unwanted animals. These offenses are punishable by incarceration and fine. HSMS will prosecute to the fullest extent allowed by law those caught dumping animals on HSMS or other property.

HSMS realizes there are situations where pets can no longer be cared for. It is not a crime or shameful event if you are UNABLE to care for your animals or find loving homes for them. The sad truth is that owners die, become ill, grow old, lose their jobs, lose their homes, and suffer many other tragic circumstances that impact one’s ability to care for a pet. And while HSMS is severely limited in its resources – both human and fiscal – you are able to place your animal with us. If you want to relinquish your animal to HSMS, please go here for contact information and to schedule an appointment.

Animal Intake Process

All animal intakes are done on an appointment basis. This ensures that there is “room at the inn” and that the necessary staffing is available to test, evaluate and vaccinate the incoming animal as well as to record all the required information relative to examinations, medical, etc. The in-processing process takes approximately 45 minutes from start to finish.

HSMS will ask for a donation at the time of intake. For each animal, the Shelter asks for a minimum of $25.00. For those with less financial means, HSMS will gladly accept volunteer work at the Shelter. The cost of caring for animals is astronomical. HSMS is a non-profit organization, receives minimal county funding and has no veterinarians on staff. That means HSMS absorbs all room, board, medical, staff, records, and placement fees for each animal taken in. The standard medical intake includes:

All Dogs

  • DHPP shot for distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus
  • Bordatella shot (kennel cough)
  • Worming
  • Heartworm test (over 6 months)
  • Heartworm prevention
  • Flea treatment and prevention (if applicable)
  • Ear cleaning and ivomec if mites found
  • Bath and toe nail trim

All Cats

  • Feline leukemia/AIDS test
  • Feline leukemia and distemper shot
  • Worming
  • Flea treatment and prevention (if applicable)
  • Toe nail trim
  • Ear cleaning and ivomec if mites found

Wish List

If you don’t find the perfect pet from among those available for adoption today, we can assist you with finding the pet of your dreams. By emailing us with your contact information and the type of pet you desire, we can alert you when that type of pet comes available. We encourage you to check the dog and cat adoption pages frequently as the pets change frequently.

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