Each year, the Wood County Humane Society takes in an average of 600
animals. Most of those animals are stray cats, owner surrenders (cats and
dogs), or cruelty or neglect cases (from fish to horses and everything in
between!). On average, there are about 50 little faces at the shelter that are
available for adoption and awaiting homes. Interested in adopting? Please
Before You Adopt
Your new pet will most likely be a part of your life for many years. Are you ready
to make that commitment? Can you afford the costs of your new pet, medical
care and emergencies, boarding costs if you travel, food, toys, grooming? Is
where you live appropriate for the type of pet you've chosen? If you need to
before you plan your move.
Is the breed and/or age of the pet you're interested in a good fit for your
lifestyle? Be honest! If you're a couch potato at heart, your good intentions of
going to the park every day with a young, active dog might not come to pass.
Bored dogs tend to find things to do, such as chew things, dig holes, etc. How
much time do you have available for your pet, in comparison to the needs of the
pet you've chosen? For example, a puppy is not a good choice for someone
who works long hours.
When you bring your new pet home, please realize this is all a big change for
him or her! Even a young puppy or kitten has had several situations to adjust to
before coming home with you. An adult dog or cat may have had many more.
Somehow or another, though no fault of her own, your new dog or cat may have
found herself homeless and then bounced around through any number of
changes, and it may take her some time to settle into her new home. Try to be
reasonable in your expectations. Accidents may occur. Set rules for your dog to
follow and make sure everyone else in the family is prepared to follow through
on those rules as well. Sometimes it can take many weeks until your pet
becomes completely comfortable. Please commit to giving them that time!
If you're adopting a cat, he might hide when he first gets home. He might forget
some of his litter box habits or bringing a new pet home might cause your
previous cats to not use one. Give him time! Some encouragement, a lot of
love and even more PATIENCE and he'll be a wonderful companion.
If you're adopting a dog, he might already have negative opinions of people. He
might flinch when you move quickly, or raise your voice. Approach him with
confidence and he will learn to be confident too. He may forget his manners, if
he knew them at all, and need you to show him the rules again, consistently and
fairly. It might take some time and again lots of PATIENCE but soon he will
become your dog and it will all be worthwhile.
Are you still with us? Good! Not all dogs or cats will come with this much
baggage but it's best to be prepared! When you consider how many hundreds
of unwanted dogs and cats come through our shelter every year, you'll
understand why it's so important to us to try to assure the best possible
adoptions, so you and your pet have many enjoyable years together.
* Due to the time it takes to process applications and complete
adoptions, adoptions are processed and completed from the time we
open until a half hour before close.
* If you are not able to complete the adoption same day, we do require a $20
hold fee to hold the animal for 24 hours. After 24 hours, the animal becomes
available for adoption.
* Adopters must be eighteen (18) years of age, and we would love to meet all
family members or room mates prior to adoption. This allows family members
and room mates to ask questions and participate in the adoption as well. We
will also need a copy of your photo ID to process your survey and
* If you rent an apartment, house, live in a trailer park, or are under a land
contract, we strongly ecourage you to have a conversation about wanting to
adopt a pet with your landlord first, so they are aware, and can grant
permission if they have pet restrictions, and so you are aware of any fees that
are associated in bringing home your new pet.
* The adoption process, from start to finish, generally takes about 30 minutes, it
could be longer, depending upon how many visitors and other adoptions are
going on during our adoption hours.
* Although we try to be 100% accurate, we cannot guarantee breed, estimated
size of puppies when full grown, or any other statements made on the website,
at visits, or at our adoption events about our animals.
* Most adoptions are completed on a first come, first approved (most suitable
* All of our pets have been spayed or neutered, receive core vaccines
appropriate to their age, tested for heart worm and current on prevention in
dogs, tested for FIV/FeLV in cats, received an initial de-worming and flea
prevention, and a free physical exam to local participating veterinary offices. All
of our pets are also microchipped prior to adoption.
*If you are adopting a cat, please bring a carrier to safely transport your
new friend home, and if you are adopting a dog, please bring a collar
and a leash. Carriers, collars, and leashes are available for purchase at
* "Free" pets from your friends and neighbors, are not always "Free". In fact, if
the animal doesn't have any medical history, to get the animal spayed or
neutered, and current on all age appropriate vaccinations could cost you a
minimum of $200. This doesn't include all of the other "extra's" we do for our
animals prior to adoption.
Again, please allow your new pet time to adjust to its' new family and
surroundings. Some pets adjust quicker than others. We do a post adoption
follow up call to see how everyone is adjusting. If you ever have any questions,
please do not hesitate to contact us! Visit the literature section to read useful
articles on your new pet. PLEASE consider taking your dog to obedience
classes! Even experienced dog owners can always learn something new. An
ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! If you've put the effort into helping
your dog be an enjoyable family member, odds are you'll want to stay with him
or her throughout their whole lives. Lastly, we do welcome all of our adopted
animals back, but all efforts must be made to work through any issues that may
arise, and an appointment must be set up for re-entry.