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Tri-Lakes Humane Society Admission Policy

Our shelter staff try to make every effort to maintain an "Open Door" policy to help protect the safety of the animals in our community. Animals from outside our community will be referred to an appropriate animal shelter, rescue groups or Animal Control Officer in their area. We do offer courtesy postings and placement assistance through our shelter. 

Animals from outside of our area may be considered for admission on a case by case basis by our Shelter Manager. Any animal that has been previously adopted from our shelter will always be re-admitted to the shelter regardless of where the current owner lives.

All stray/abandoned animals will be admitted immediately. Finders must fill out a Stray Animal Admission upon arrival. No fees are required to turn in an abandoned or found stray animal. These animals will be held for a minimum of five days for the owner redemption period as required by NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets laws Article 7 and Article 26. Animals that are left unclaimed will be legally transferred to the Humane Society for adoption, or in rare cases humanely euthanized if an animal is deemed too aggressive or ill for adoption.

Owners that want to surrender their pet will be carefully questioned by shelter staff regarding their situation. We usually always have a waiting list for owner surrendered animals and we do our best to help. Once we have more information about the animal we will place an owner on the waiting list to take the animal into our shelter when:

  • there is kennel space available
  • the owner circumstances become more urgent
  • there is an agreed upon date

Staff members will also offer the following placement assistance services to owners in lieu of admission to the shelter whenever appropriate to the situation:

  • listing of the animal on our Petfinder.com pet adoption website to help find a new home online
  • listing of the animal in our shelter placement book and try to match the animal with someone looking to adopt a similar type pet
  • listing of the animal with other area animal shelters, rescue groups and veterinary clinics/hospitals in hopes they will have a potential home available for the pet

No fees will be charged to those bringing in stray/abandoned or owned animals to the shelter. Depending on the situation those bringing animals in may be asked to give a donation. Donations are always appreciated and put to good use for the animal's overall care and medical needs.

The shelter has no facilities for housing livestock, wildlife or exotic pets, and limited resources for assisting them. Situations involving these types of animals are to be referred to our Shelter Manager for evaluation.

Our shelter has no facilities to house wildlife, and people who find distressed wildlife will be referred to a Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator, or to the Department of Environmental Conservation Office in Raybrook, NY. Emergency situations will be referred to the Shelter Manager for evaluation.

We offer loans of our cat and dog traps to catch strays, but we cannot loan them out to catch wildlife. Feral cats will be spayed and neutered, vaccinated and tattooed. The Shelter Manager will be responsible for assessing a feral cat's adoptability. If the cat proves to be unadoptable due to behavior issues (most completely feral cats cannot be handled safely), then we will release the cat back to the environment it lived in prior to capture. If a feral cat makes behavioral improvements while housed at our shelter, the cat will be placed up for adoption. An agreement form will be filed with people looking to catch feral cats on their property. We will not loan out traps if the agreement is not signed by both parties involved.