Adoption Process

Choosing a Pet
At our adoption center, you will be greeted by our staff and adoption counselors who will assist you in selecting a pet. The entire adoption process can be time consuming (up to 2 hours). You will be asked to complete an adoption survey and application. This time is well invested when you consider that your pet will live with you for up to 15 years or more.

Meet Your Match Survey
We personality test all our pets using the ASPCA’s Meet Your Match (MYM) program where pet personalities and adoptee personalities can be “matched” for optimum compatibility.

Just like people, pets may be high energy, require lots of exercise or be a goofball, while others may be a total couch potato or a constant companion. That is why we follow the ASPCA's method of color coding the personalities of our dogs and cats.

As a potential adopter, you will be asked to complete the MYM survey. You will be given a visitor badge in your color code, and when you walk through the adoption center and view our pets, kennels will also be clearly marked with the MYM color codes, so you can find your perfect companion.

Adoption Questionnaire


All potential adopters must be interviewed by our staff or a volunteer adoption counselor.
During this interview, you will answer simple questions about:
  • The type of pet you want
  • Your plans for caring for the pet
  • Current veterinarian
  • Property owner status
  • Rental status and landlord contact, etc.
You can download the adoption questionnaire and fill it out before you arrive.

By law, all other pets in the home must be current on vaccinations, and all adopters must present a state ID or proof of residency to adopt. A home visit or meet and greet with other family pets may also be required.

Visiting with Pets


Once an adoption questionnaire is completed, you may request that a volunteer or staff member remove an adoptable pet from a kennel for a visit. Please do not take an animal out of its kennel or cage on your own. There are puppy and kitten visitation rooms inside the shelter, an outdoor cat patio, outdoor visitation pens and walking trails available for your visit.

We encourage all adopters to spend a substantial amount of time with any potential new pet. The shelter is a very high energy environment and can be stressful for pets. Pet behavior in the shelter, especially with dogs, is not always indicative of a pet’s true personality. We strongly recommend and in some cases require a meet and greet at the shelter if you already have a dog at home.

We encourage a good, quiet visit outside on one of our benches or in a play area. Adoption counselors and volunteers who work with our pets daily on leash walking and socialization will work with you to help find that perfect pet, but bear in mind that this may often require more than one visit. 


Finalizing Your Adoption


Our agency accepts cash, checks (with ID), debit cards and credit cards (requires small processing fee). Payment is required before leaving the shelter.

Most pets can be taken home as soon as adoption paperwork and transactions are completed. However, if the mandatory spay/neuter has not been completed, we may keep your pet a few days to complete that surgery. If your pet is too young for the spay/neuter, we will contract with you for a return visit for the surgery, and retain a deposit until it is completed. Each adopter gets a take-home bag with a few days food supply.

View the complete list of fees for more information.

Immunizations


If your pet has not completed any cycle of vaccinations due to age, you will be given a complete medical record and instructed to contact your veterinarian for completion of shots at your own expense. Pets may not be brought to the shelter for shots or exams after adoption.


Families & Children


Because adopting an animal is a family decision, please bring your whole family. All children must be accompanied by parents while in the shelter. Children should be quiet, calm and respectful of pets and their spaces at all times. Please don’t allow your children to poke or prod the pets, feed them, open any kennels, or stick their fingers into kennels. The child must be at least 14 to hold the leash at WCAC. That is true whether the child is with an adopter or with a volunteer. 


Veterans


All adoption fees are waived for active duty service members and all honorably discharged veterans. Please bring proof of status. (Adopters must meet all other shelter requirements.)

Browsers


Not quite ready for a pet? Just looking? Please check in with our staff before entering the kennels. No pets may be removed from kennels until you complete an adoption questionnaire. We can keep it on file for future use, and even put the type of pet you are looking for in our “want” file.