Adoption Procedures

We Don’t Sell Pets – We Adopt Them Into Loving Families!

We are dedicated to finding the best homes possible for our dogs and cats. The animals in our care often came to us because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Sometimes they were surrendered by a person who couldn’t care for them appropriately.

But because they were lucky enough to find themselves at HSPC, these animals have a second chance. They’ve already had a hard life, so we owe it to them to screen their new families very carefully — and we take our screening process very seriously. We want these animals’ adoptive homes to be safe, loving, and permanent!

We go to great lengths to assure a good match between an animal and the new family environment. We want the animals and your families to be safe and happy. Our adoption policies reflect this commitment.

Our adoption screening process includes:

  • Completing a thorough application,
  • providing proof of address, and
  • perhaps allowing us to do a home check.

We often ask adopters to bring their own dogs out to the shelter to meet the dog they would like to adopt. We review each application individually, so adopters need to allow enough time to visit with the animals, complete the application and interview with our adoption staff.

Our adoption fees are: $60.00 for adult dogs and cats over 6 months of age. If it’s a small breed dog or puppy or kitten under 6 months old it’s $90.00. (variable for horses and large animals), once an application is approved. This includes basic medical care (that our animals routinely receive), other medical treatment the animal might have already received, and sterilization.

Please be aware that we do not approve every adoption application we receive. If we believe for any reason that the animal is not a good match for an applicant, we reserve the right to not approve the adoption.

Adopting an animal is a long-term commitment that should not be made hastily, so take your time in making the decision to adopt! Carefully consider the time, money and energy it takes to care for a four-legged family member.

Consider adopting an older animal, instead of a puppy or kitten. Or caring for a pet with special needs. Or taking two playmates together. We have dozens of great companion animals who need good homes. Some of the dogs have completed our shelter Training Program, making them even better pets. Let us help you find the right one for you!

Call us at (501) 227-6166 or email us at for more information.

The cat application, dog application, and horse application are now available as Adobe Acrobat forms. If you elect to use one, please (1) fill it out, (2)print it, (3) mail or FAX..(.501-223-8383) it to us, and (4) alert us by telephone(501-227-6166)

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