How do I adopt a pet?
- We suggest that you first stop at the shelter adoption center or go online to find our available pets. Trained staff will help you in making the perfect match.
What do I need to bring in order to adopt?
In order to be considered as an adopter:
- You must complete an adoption/foster application and be approved
- You must be at least 18 years of age
- Have identification showing your present address
- Have the knowledge and consent of all adults living in your household
- Have the adoption fee in either, credit card, cash or check (If paying by check, you must have a valid driver’s license. Address on driver’s license must match address on check for check acceptance).
How much does it cost to adopt?
- $100 for adult dogs
- $160 puppies (less than 16 weeks old) and purebred dogs
- $20 cats and kittens
For dogs and cats, your adoption fee includes:
- Your new companion
- Health evaluation
- 24PetWatch microchip
- Spay/neuter surgery
- Age appropriate vaccinations
- FeLV/FIV testing
- Rabies vaccination (three months of age or older)
- Heartworm testing for dogs (six months of age and older)
- One month of Pet insurance by 24PetWatch
- Free exam by a local veterinarian
- One hour consultation with our dog trainer/behaviorist
What if I don't see an animal I like?
- Don’t give up! We get new animals every day. With patience you are bound to find that perfect match. If you are looking for a breed specific cat or dog let our front desk staff know and they will place you on a call list in the event that we acquire what you are looking for. If you don't see what you are looking for at the shelter, absolutely check the city and county pounds. Often highly adoptable animals sit at the pounds with no visitors. After a period of time, our Rescue Coordinator will reach out to our rescue partners for placement of these highly adoptable animals.
What about spaying and neutering?
- The Martinsville & Henry County SPCA is working hard to control the pet population. Each year we receive over 3000 cats and dogs. Cats and dogs will be spayed or neutered before they leave the shelter.
Am I ready to take on the responsibility of pet guardianship?
- Make sure that you and your family are prepared to make a serious, lifetime commitment to the animal you choose. Remember, this commitment may last 15 years or more.
Does my lifestyle allow me to give my new pet the time and attention that it will require?
- Consider your travel habits and work schedule. Will you be gone for long stretches at a time? Companion animals require much care to stay happy and healthy and should not be ignored. Many animals require exercise and outdoor activity. Are you willing make the time to provide for the health and well-being of your new pet? If you are considering a puppy or kitten, do you have the patience and time to devote to their training?
Can I afford a pet?
- Owning a pet requires a financial investment as well as an emotional one. Your pet will need food, annual vaccinations, toys, grooming supplies, regular veterinary treatment, flea & tick prevention, and much more. You also need to consider the expenses if your pet gets sick. The total annual cost for your pet may be more than $500 per year!
Does everyone in my household agree with adopting a pet?
- Bringing a companion animal into your home requires the commitment and cooperation of the entire family. The Martinsville & Henry County SPCA discourages the practice of “surprising” someone with the gift of a living creature. Remember, too, that children should not be considered the primary care-giver for the pet. Ultimately, it is the parent or adult guardian who must be responsible for the well-being of the animal.
Am I prepared to deal with potential behavior problems?
- Housetraining, barking, digging, scratching on furniture, litter box “accidents”, spraying, and general misbehaving are just a few of the problems you might encounter. Are you patient enough, and willing to take the time to train your new companion to be a good pet citizen? The SPCA strongly recommends professional training to prevent and correct behavioral problems. Are you able to afford this type of financial, emotional, and time commitment?