How Do You Adopt Dogs From the Humane Society?


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To adopt dogs from the Humane Society, visit the official website of a local Humane Society and check the adoption application and process. To find a local Humane Society in your area, go to The Shelter Pet Project’s website and use its shelter lookup tool. A state or city’s humane society may or may not be affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States.

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How Do You Adopt Dogs From the Humane Society?
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Each Humane Society has its own adoption process and policy. Many post their adoptable dogs on their websites, while others choose to advertise through pet adoption sites, such as PetFinder.com, Adoptapet.com and PetHarbor.com.

The adoption page of most Humane Societies, such as in Oregon and Arizona, includes fun and informative information about the adoptable dogs, such as age, history, traits and adoption fee. Most of the ready-to-adopt animals have been neutered or spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed and treated for any medical issues. Depending on the organization, you may schedule a visit or place an adoption application online. You may need a valid ID, a proof of address, written permission to care for household pets from your landlord or building manager and other documentary requirements. An adoption counselor may also conduct an interview regarding your lifestyle, family members, location and reasons for adoption.

Many Humane Society chapters conduct adoption specials. The Humane Society of Oregon, for example, offer fee-waive adoptions for persons aged 60 and above. The Wisconsin Humane Society, on the other hand, holds periodic fee-waive adoption events involving animals rescued from specific animal shelters.

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