Adoption Policy at the Chippewa Humane Association
Bringing a pet home will involve a lifestyle change, and a noticeable one at that. Considering that this pet may be a part of your family for approximately the next 10 to 20 years, the decision to adopt a companion animal should be well thought out, not an impulsive decision.
We want the smoothest transition and positive outcome for both the animal and the adoptive family, so we have the following guidelines for CHA adoptions:
You must be 21 years of age or older to adopt an animal.
All family members must be in agreement about the adoption.
You are not adopting the animal for someone else or as a gift.
All animals leaving the shelter must be spayed or neutered. Adopters must sign a legally binding contract stating that spaying or neutering will be done within the timeframe set forth by the CHA. Failure to have the pet spayed or neutered can result in confiscation of the pet and possible prosecution by the CHA.
For dog adoptions, we require that any dogs in the household of the potential adopter meet the dog available for adoption at our shelter.
All animals in the home must be spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations unless there is an underlying medical condition that prevents this from being done.
We encourage all children and adults in the home meet the dog or cat at our shelter prior to adoption whenever possible.
CHA reserves the right to refuse any adoption.
Things to Consider before adoption
We suggest not bringing a new pet into your home if you have just moved, are in the process of moving, or planning to move in the near future.
Do you have enough time to devote to your newest family member?
When you adopt a new pet and take it into your home to adjust we encourage people to do so at a time when you feel your environment is consistent for several weeks. Traveling, leaving the home for extended periods of time or inviting numerous guests to your home within the first few weeks of adoption is discouraged.
The following resources for adopters to consider for training and understanding their new pet: