Tri-Lakes Humane Society Adoption Process
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Total Adoption Fee for a dog or puppy that we have spayed/neutered:
This total cost includes the following fees:
$35 Spay/Neuter Fee (to cover our cost of the surgery.) ALL dogs will be spayed or neutered prior to adoption, unless there is a health issue that prevents it until a later date. For any dog that has been spayed or neutered prior to them arriving at our facility, we will not charge this fee, and the total adoption fee will reflect this.
$20 Adoption Fee (to cover our cost of distemper and rabies vaccinations, de-worming, flea/tick treatment, and any other medical costs done prior to adoption.)
$25 Microchipping Fee (to cover the cost of the microchip & lifetime registration. ALL animals are microchipped prior to adoption to help identify and reunite lost adopted pets with their owners.)
We do not test all of our dogs for Heartworm/Lyme disease unless we believe it is an issue with a particular dog. We will test a dog if requested by the potential adopter, at their expense. The test cost is an additional $12.00. We will assist with the initial treatment of a dog that tests positive through a local Veterinarian. You are not required to adopt a dog that tests positive.
Total adoption fee for an Altered cat that we have spayed or neutered:
This cost includes the following fees:
$35 Spay/Neuter Fee (to cover our cost of the surgery.) ALL cats will be spayed or neutered prior to adoption, unless there is a health issue that prevents it until a later date. If the cat was spayed or neutered prior to arriving to our facility, we will not charge this fee, and the total adoption fee will reflect this.
$20 Adoption Fee (covers our cost of distemper and rabies vaccinations, deworming, flea/tick treatment, and any other medical treatments done prior to adoption.)
$25 Microchipping Fee (covers the cost of the microchip & lifetime registration. ALL adopted pets are microchipped prior to adoption to help identify and reunite lost adopted pets with their owners.)
We do not test all of our cats for Feline Leukemia and FIV (feline AIDS), unless we believe it may be an issue with a particular cat. We can test a cat by request of a potential adopter, at their expense. The test cost is an additional $12.00. You are not required to adopt the pet if the test results are positive.
Fill out our Adoption Application today! Once you have printed and completed the application, please email, mail or drop off your complete application.
You must be 21 years of age or older to adopt a pet. All applicants under 21 must have a parent sign for them. We reserve the right to ask for a photo identification with proof of age and address. Exceptions to this policy may be considered by the Shelter Manager and Adoption Committee.
If you rent, we must have your landlord’s permission for you to adopt, no exceptions. Please be prepared to provide us with your landlord's phone number, or provide a copy of your rental agreement/lease.
If you live at home or with family, we must speak to your parents or family members, and receive permission for you to adopt. If your parents or family rents their residence, we must speak to the landlord and have their permission prior to adoption.
If you own your home in a mobile home park, we must speak to the park owner and have their permission before adoption. Please be prepared to provide us with the park owner's phone number.
We will not release any animal without speaking to a landlord or parent/family member first to guarantee that the animal will be allowed at the residence.
If you are a college student who will be going home at the end of the school semester, we must have your parent’s permission for you to adopt. Be prepared to provide us with a name and phone number where we can reach them.
We do not allow persons who have turned in animals to the shelter to adopt from our shelter. Animals that are found and turned in as strays do not fall under this policy. Other exceptions may be made by our Shelter Manager and Adoption Committee.
We require a veterinary reference for all current and previously owned pets in the last 5 years. We will contact your veterinarian(s) to make sure your animals have been kept up to date on vaccinations, have had regular veterinary care and have been spayed/neutered. Our Humane Society encourages pet owners to spay/neuter dogs and cats to prevent unwanted breeding and litters of animals. We retain the right to deny an adoption if animals in the home are not spayed/neutered yet. We will provide financial assistance vouchers to help pet owners afford the cost of the surgery. Our Adoption Committee will meet to review applications that list purebred dogs or cats that are not spayed/neutered which the owner plans to use for breeding. We will require proof of purebred registration, including AKC or other recognized registration paperwork.
All TLHS animals must be spayed/neutered prior to adoption, unless the surgery is unable to be completed until a later date due to an animal's health or age (we collect a $35 deposit towards assisting with the surgery.) We schedule spay/neuter surgeries with our cooperating veterinarians at least once or twice a month. Most animals are available to go home within 2 days after they have recovered from their surgeries.
All dogs being adopted MUST be licensed through the adopter's Town Clerk within 30 days after the adoption date. Dog Licensing is not required at the time of adoption, but a notification will be sent to the adopter's town notifying the Clerk of the adoption. It is the responsibility of the adopter to obtain a dog license and properly attach the tag to the dog's collar. Failure to license an adopted dog is a direct violation of our adoption contract, as well as NY State and Local Dog Control Laws.
We reserve the right to have our Adoption Committee review and vote on your application with our Shelter Manager prior to the animal being released from the shelter.
We reserve the right to conduct home visits before and after an adoption to check on the adopted animal to make sure it has adjusted well to its new home, and that it is receiving proper care.
We reserve the right to remove any adopted animal from its adoptive home if the terms of the final adoption contract have not been met. This includes discovering false information was provided on the adoption application or contract.
If we have multiple potential adopters for one animal, we hold the right to have the applications reviewed by our Shelter Manager and Adoption Committee. This committee will select which home will be the best match for the animal. We do not follow a "first come, first serve" basis regarding adoptions for an animal that has more than one application.
The Tri-Lakes Humane Society, Inc. is a Registered Shelter/Pet Rescue Organization under New York State Department of Agriculture Markets Law Section 408: Shelter/Rescue Registration Number: RR036.
Holly is a 8 month old female tabby kitten that is available for adoption at our Humane Society. She was found living outdoors with her 2 littermates in October 2017 when they were just 2 months old. Lucky for this little group of kittens a nice woman fed them and was able to catch them and get them to the safety of our shelter.
Holly is the last of her litter still in need of a home. She is a bit timid, and will need a loving, patient and quiet type home that will allow her to adjust to living in a new environment. She loves having other kittens/younger cats around to hang out with and would be happiest in a home where she can have feline friends to live with.
Tony is an adult male, short-haired, orange and white car. He's house trained, up-to-date on his vaccinations, and is spayed. He would be great in a home with other cats.
Cesar is a 7 year old, 90lb Rottweiler/ChowChow mix that is in need of a special home. He has lived in a quiet home with a senior woman for most of his life and is going to need a similar home to feel comfortable. He is a big baby, and loves his stuffed toys and a plastic squeaky toy that has been his since 2011.
Cesar (formerly known as Cisco) was at our Humane Society back in 2011 after he was found abandoned and starving inside a room in an abandoned house. The poor dog was terrified of everything at first, and our staff worked with him every day to help him learn to walk on leash outdoors and trust people again. We were lucky to have found his first adoptive home within a few months and she continued to train him and work with him around new people and places. Unfortunately she had to place him back up for adoption due to her own medical issues.
Jager was surrendered to our Humane Society for adoption when his owner could no longer keep him due to moving. He is 4 years old, weighs 52lbs, and is a happy, active and friendly dog. His owner told us that he loves kids of all ages, and he enjoyed playing with children in his previous home. Jager is used to being an only pet, and we will be testing him around other dogs here at our shelter to see if he will be accepting of a new canine buddy.
Jager is playful and has a lot of energy to burn each day. He enjoys playing fetch outdoors in our fenced yard and going for leash walks with our staff and volunteers on our dog trail in the woods on our property. He will need an active person/familly that will be able to take him for long walks or have a fenced yard outdoors for exercise everyday. He is used to wearing a harness for walking, and is housetrained. He also knows some basic commands - sit, lay down, shake and sit pretty.
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