Before You Adopt: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (AND ANSWERS)

What are your Adoption hours?

Monday Closed
Tue., Wed., Thurs., Fri. 9 am to 5 pm
Sat. 9 am to 4 pm
Sun. 11 am to 4 pm

How much are adoption fees?

Dogs are $125; Cats are 1 for $70 or 2 for $85; and Rabbits are $30. Other fees vary by animal.

What's included in the fees?

Dogs:

  • Spay/neuter surgery and vaccines
  • Rabies Vaccine
  • Free health exam within 5 days from a participating veterinarian
  • Microchip/ PHS pet ID tag
  • General information packet
  • 10% discount in PHS Pet Store
  • Discounted training classes
  • Dog DVD

Cats:

  • Spay/neuter surgery, vaccines and FELV test
  • Free health exam within 5 working days
  • Microchip
  • General information packet
  • 10% discount in PHS Pet Store
  • Cat carrier
  • Cat DVD

Rabbits:

  • Spay/neuter
  • Free health exam within 5 days from a participating veterinarian
  • Microchip
  • General information packet
  • 10% discount in PHS Pet Store

If I see a pet I like, can I take it out to play?

Yes, once you have met with an adoption counselor.

What does socialization mean?

We want to make certain that everyone gets along so we ask that the whole family meet the new pet. If you are adopting a dog, this meeting must include all dogs you have at home.

How do I get on the wait list for a new pet? How does it work?

Many of our animals have several people that are interested in adopting them, so we take names of potential adopters for a wait list. The list is made up of the first 3 approved applicants. Complete an application, sign in with the receptionist in the adoption office and speak with an adoption advisor. Then the advisor will put you on a list.

If all three people on the wait list fail to adopt the animal, the next approved adopter can adopt the animal. (Finders of animals have right to adopt the animal they found if they have gone though the process within 24 hours of bringing the dog to us.)

Please contact us to check if the animal has been found by its owner or if an applicant ahead of you is no longer interested.

After I’ve adopted my pet, when can I pick him/her up?

We will call you when your new pet can go home with you. Your pet MUST be spayed or neutered, usually within 1 to 3 days after you have adopted it.

How do we know if the animal is available?

Check the kennel card for the date. If you don’t see it there, bring the kennel number or ID number into the adoption office and one of our staff will check for you.

Most animals must stay at PHS for a period of time called a stray period, to allow the original owner the opportunity to find it. Once that time has passed, the animal can be adopted. Each kennel card has the available date printed on it. Because our health staff checks each animal before making it available, some animals may not be available for adoption.