Adoption Fees:

There is a $65.00 adoption fee for puppies and dogs in the shelter, regardless of size, age or breed. The fee is $45.00 for kittens and cats. All dogs and cats must spayed or neutered prior to adoption and this cost is already included in the adoption fee. Included in this fee is also the animal’s first set of vaccinations.

How to Adopt a Pet:

The Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter will gladly work with you to help you determine what animal will best match your needs and wants for your future pet.  We can help you think through your options for breed, size, temperament and age of the pet.  We can show you the pets we have available for adoption to see which matches your needs the best.  Once you have selected a pet to adopt, you then complete a short screening process, which includes a discussion on your plans for providing an adequate home and care for your new pet.  Finally, we will arrange for your new pet to be spayed or neutered. All pets must be spay or neutered prior to adoption and can not leave the shelter until this procedure has been completed.

All Pets must be Spayed or Neutered:

Ensuring the pet is spayed or neutered is a vital step in the adoption process because doing so stops the cycle of unwanted animals. Every animal adopted from the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter must be spayed or neutered prior to adoption to help control the animal population in our community. If the dog or cat you selected is already spay or neutered, you will be able to adopt and take the animal home with your that same day.  However, if the pet you selected is not already spay or neutered, we will make an appointment for the procedure to be done and then you can pick up your new family member after the procedure is complete.

What should I know about adopting a pet?

When you come to the shelter to adopt a dog or cat, please keep in mind that you are getting an animal that is untrained and may not be used to living in a home or even being confined to a fenced in yard. Pets are a huge responsibility and require a certain amount of time to get proper care. Your pet should be a part of your family and should be treated as such. It needs lots of love and attention, food, water and shelter. He or she is going to make messes and possibly damage your property during training. We recommend taking a hard look at what your dog or cat has access too such as furniture, clothing or anything else they may consider a chew toy or a scratching post.

It is a very good idea to bring as many family members to the shelter as possible when choosing a pet. Anyone who lives in the home should be involved in the process of choosing which animal is going to become their new family member. We provide an area where prospective families can spend time with the animals and try and ensure that the family and the pet make a good match.

When your animal was first surrendered, we conducted an evaluation for overall health and behavior. However, we are not veterinarians nor do we have one on staff. We simply follow the common guidelines of shelter operations. The first thing we look for is overall health of the animal. We look to see if the animal has any skin conditions (mange, hotspots, dry skin and fleas). We look for signs of distemper. The animal is observed to make sure that it’s eating and drinking water, check their stools for diarrhea (Parvo, Coccida, and Worms) and we look for vomiting. The next thing we look for is the animal behavior. We observe the animal and check for Irritability, Nervousness, Hyperactivity, Aggressive behavior, and make sure that the animal is not lethargic. All of the above are possible clues that the animal may be sick or have behavioral problems.

The pet you have selected has passed our examination and has not shown symptoms for any health or behavioral concerns. However, once again we stress the fact that we are not veterinarians. If you read the contract you signed it states that you must take your new pet to the Vet within 7 days of adoption. Even though your new pet may look healthy there is still a possibility that your pet may have a medical concern. A large number of animal diseases have an incubation period of up to 2 weeks, during which time the animal may not show any symptoms. We also need to stress the fact that every animal adopted here must be spayed or neutered prior to adotion. One of our main goals here is population control. The best way to control the pet population in our area is for everyone to have their animals altered to prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens.

Who cannot adopt a pet?

Anyone who has previously surrendered a pet that they have owned will not be considered for adoption, nor will anyone who has been in violation of our adoption contract, state animal laws, or city/county ordinance.