Adoption Process

ADOPTION FEES
Dogs and Puppies is $80

- Initial medical exam
- Initial deworming
- Parvo – Distemper vaccination, if recommended by Veterinarian
- Rabies vaccination and tag
- Mandatory spay or neuter except for juveniles. A $50 deposit must accompany adoption fee. This deposit will be refunded up0n proof of spay/neuter.

Cats and Kittens is $50 and includes:
- Initial medical exam
- Initial FeLV/FTV screening
- Initial deworming
- FVRCP vaccination, if recommended by Veterinarian
- Rabies vaccination and tag
- Mandatory spay or neuter except for juveniles. A $50 deposit must accompany adoption fee. This deposit will be refunded up0n proof of spay/neuter.

Application
When you have selected a pet you wish to adopt, you will be asked to fill out an application. (Sometimes, this is done before selecting a specific pet currently in the system and placed on hold until a pet fitting your description enters the system.) The application will give us information about your past experience with pets, the type of pet you are looking for and also your expectations of the new pet. The purpose of the application is not to exclude you from adopting. It is simply a tool that helps us to better educate our clients and meet the needs of the animals in our care.

Consultation
The decision to adopt an animal is not to be taken lightly. We want to ensure a happy transition for you and your new pet. When the application is completed our staff/volunteers will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the adoption process. Your new pet will be going through a major, and possibly stressful, change when transitioning to life in your home. CAWS staff and volunteers are happy to assist you by sharing their experience and training. We will also perform a home visit to ensure the presence of a fenced yard, appropriate kennel or run.

Home Visit
A home visit a required for all dogs and special-needs cats. Click here to see a list of typical questions that will be asked and situations that will be assessed. In the adoption is out-of-state, a local rescue group will be connected to preform a home visit.

Agreement
Once the home inspection is complete and the animal has had all required vet care, you will be asked to complete an adoption agreement. An adoption fee is assessed and payment is expected upon delivery of the pet. A CAWS representative will sign and date your agreement and mail you a copy along with all vets records.

Download a Cat Adoption Application

Download a Cat Adoption Agreement form

Download a Dog Adoption Application

Download a Dog Adoption Agreement form