Enroll a Pet
If you have found an animal in distress, or are unable to keep a pet, we can assist you in a number of ways. We may not be able to take custody of your pet immediately, however we do have a number of foster families who house animals in emergency situations.
Before you take your pet to the pound, please e-mail or call our Adoption Center to see if we can work out a temporary home until a permanent one can be found.
Saturdays are our biggest adoption day. We do not have adequate staff to enroll incomimg animals on these busy days. We recommend that you bring your pet to our Adoption Center any time between noon and 8pm Wednesday through Friday for registration. The process takes about 30 - 45 minutes, depending on the number of animals you plan to enroll.
Step 1 - Fill out the Registration Form.
Save time by downloading the registration form here. Complete the form, providing as much information as you can about the condition and temperament of the animal(s). Bring the form with you or fax it to us at 791-1230 if you would like for us to start promoting your animal(s) immediately.
Step 2 - Call or e-mail before you come
It is important that we know you are coming so we can make arrangements to accommodate your pet. Limited space and a lack of equipment forces us to get creative sometimes. If we have a little advanced notice we will find a way to work it out. If you can't give us notice before Saturday, please call. We'll do everything we can to assist you.
If the animal is not current on vaccines it is especially important to call a few days ahead so we can arrange for the appropriate vaccines and lab work before your arrival.
If we can't take permanent custody immediately ...
Sometimes we have a full house ... but that doesn't mean we can't help.
How much does it cost?
There is no charge to enroll a pet in our Adoption Program however donations are always welcomed.
You may leave your pet for the day or you may spend the afternoon with us as well. If you decide to leave the pet, a $100 deposit is required. This is usually a check or charge that we simply hold until the animal is adopted or until you return for him ... if you return as agreed, you will receive your deposit. The deposit is intended to cover our costs to board the animal until you can be located, in the event you do not return. This policy was instituted after 27 dogs were abandoned at our building on the day before Thanksgiving in 1992.
PETS, Inc. is currently placing 40 - 60 animals each week. If yours is not adopted, perhaps the adoption of another pet will open up a slot so we can take custody of yours.
Don't give up hope. Sometimes it takes a week or two, or longer, to find a suitable home. You have our assurance that we will do all we can to assist you ... we only ask that you try to find accommodations for the pet until we can take custody.
Things to bring with your pet:
Veterinary records are very important. If the animal has not been to a veterinarian, please call before you come so we can make the necessary arrangements for vaccines, etc.
Write a paragraph or two about your pet, his likes, dislikes and temperament. Tell us as much as you can (good & bad) so we can be confident that we are representing him properly when we interview with prospective adopters. The more information we have about your pet, the easier it will be for us to place him.
Clean pets have a better chance!
If possible, bathe your pet before you come. If you will need help, please let us know in advance. We are almost always understaffed and it is sometimes difficult to find a volunteer available to groom an incoming pet.
If your pet is not adopted immediately ...
We will have had a chance to get to know your dog or cat and will be better able to describe him to potential adopters who visit or call during the week. Often we arrange for interviews by appointment when we have someone who would be interested in seeing your pet before the following weekend.