A choice hold allows you to place a hold on a stray dog or cat in the event his family does not reclaim him. The hold gives you the first opportunity to meet the animal and decide if you wish to adopt once the stray period is up. Holds must be placed in person at the shelter and must be made by the potential adopter, and you must be able to complete the adoption process on the first day the animal becomes available for adoption.
In the event the individual with the choice hold decides not to adopt, we will hold a popular pet drawing to ensure all interested parties have the same opportunity to adopt. Interested adopters must be at the shelter when the Adoption Center opens the day the pet becomes available and register their interest with customer service. A random drawing will take place immediately to select the adopter.
Animals that are owner-relinquished, held for court or safe-keeping, as well as those less than 6 weeks of age, are not eligible for a choice hold. We’re sorry, but visitations are not allowed until the animal’s stray period is up. Please note this donation is not applied towards the adoption fee and is not refunded if you decide not to adopt the pet. However, the fee is refunded if the pet is reclaimed by the original owner or if the animal is not an adoption candidate.
The choice hold fee for an animal in foster care is $50.