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Adoption Policies and Procedures

The Jessamine Humane Society strives to insure successful adoptions through its policies and procedures. Adding a pet to a family is a decision that should be made responsibly and with forethought—we consider this to be a lifetime decision for the animal.

To help in the decision-making process, a preliminary form is required for anyone wishing to adopt a pet. This gives useful information to the Adoption Committee which reviews the forms as soon as possible after completion. The JHS does not approve applications on a first-come basis; rather, all applications for each pet are reviewed and the best home for the animal is chosen. The decision is made taking all factors into consideration regarding the special needs of each particular pet. We are interested in securing permanent, loving homes for all adoptable pets and take this decision very seriously with each animal’s best interests at heart.

Upon approval of a preliminary form, the adopting person/family is notified about adoption and fees. For dogs: Spaying/neutering, initial de-worming, the first in a series of vaccinations (DHLPP), bordetella and rabies vaccinations, and AVID micro-chip. A heartworm test can also be performed for an additional cost of $25 at the request of the adopting family. For cats: Spaying/neutering, initial de-worming, the first in a series of shots (FVRCCP), rabies vaccination, and AVID micro-chip. A combo-test for FELUK/FIV will be performed prior to the vet appointment and is included in the adoption fee.

The adoption contract is an agreement to fulfill specified conditions and requirements to insure a happy, healthy pet. This is the family’s promise to provide for the needs of the pet or to return it to JHS should circumstances lead to inability to care for the animal’s physical and/or emotional needs.

A vet appointment is then made for the pet. The adopting family is notified of the appointment and may pick the pet up after surgery and shots. No dog or cat leaves JHS without being spayed/neutered and vet checked. Additional vaccinations and preventative care are the responsibility of the adopting family.



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Adoption fees vary. Contact us for more information.
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