CHS is taking extra precautions to keep pets and the people who love them safe during COVID-19 social distancing.

CHS adoption counselors are eager to help you find the right match for your family. The first step is to submit an online application. Applications will be responded to in the order in which they are received, and you will be contacted by phone if the pet you’ve applied for is still available.

If the pet you’ve applied for is still available for adoption, an adoption counselor will call to speak with you by phone or video chat about what you’re looking for in a pet, the animal you are interested in, the pet’s personality, the pet’s medical care, what to expect down the road, and more. If you and the pet are a match, you’ll make an appointment to visit CHS, complete your adoption paperwork, review the contract and documentation, and send you home with your new pet and a couple of freebies to get you started.

It’s easy to fall in love, but caring for a pet is a big commitment. Before you apply, make sure you are ready for the changes a pet will bring into your life, both today in the reality of COVID-19 and once your routine returns to normal. Review this checklist to help you prepare.

General Adoption Guidelines:

  • Be 18 years old or older.
  • Complete an online adoption questionnaire and participate in a conversation with a counselor(s).
  • Show a valid driver’s license or state photo ID with your current address.
  • You may be asked to provide landlord approval or proof of ownership. Avoid inconvenience by bringing this paperwork along to the adoption.
  • Adopting a pet impacts the entire household. Any children under 18, other family members, and family dogs living in the home may also be required to come meet the new pet.
  • CHS does not authorize giving pets as gifts. The person who will be the owner of the new pet must be present and complete the adoption process. (Gift certificates are available as an option to give the gift of adoption.)
  • Read, sign and abide by a legal adoption agreement.

While CHS tries to make the adoption process smooth, the adoption process isn’t necessarily a quick one and may require more than one visit. Just remember, it’s time well spent—it’s all for your new family member, after all!

Additional COVID-19 Guidelines:

  • CHS asks that no more than 2 members of a household visit for the adoption visit.
  • Only credit or debit cards will be accepted as adoption fee payment.
  • Pets cannot be put on hold for pick-up at another time. Plan to take the pet home with you the day of your appointment if your meeting goes well.
  • Visitors at the adoption appointment must wash their hands upon entering the building, maintain a 6-foot social distance from CHS staff, and agree to other COVID-19 safety protocols, for the protection of themselves and staff.