You've reviewed the online list of available pets and decide to head to the shelter for a better look. Remember that although we update the database hourly, the animal you saw may have found a home already. We process adoptions on a first-come, first-serve basis and cannot place holds on animals by phone. The adoption process takes a minimum of 45 minutes to an hour, and up to two hours on Saturdays and during our busiest times.
At the shelter, animals available for adoption have a kennel card that gives a brief description and an ID number. Write down this ID number so a staff member or volunteer can give you more information about the pet and you can visit with him in one of our Get Acquainted rooms. A stray pet will have a kennel card indicating he is "lost and waiting for an owner.” If you're interested in a stray, we can share with you what information we have and when that animal may become available for adoption. You may also place a "choice hold" in person at the shelter (please see below for more information). Unfortunately, stray animals cannot be visited until they become available for adoption.
We're sorry, but due to the large number of visitors to the shelter, we must limit visitations to 2 animals per individual/family per day. To complete adoptions in a timely manner, we stop visitations 30 minutes prior to closing, at 4:30 p.m. daily. All adopters must fill out an adoption application and meet with an adoption counselor to discuss important medical and behavior information to get your new furry family member started off on the right foot.