​​Updated, October 24, 2020

Adoption Guidelines
 
We are very proactive in placing our homeless pets.  We do not adopt on a first-come, first-serve basis.  We make sure that the pet being considered for adoption meets the needs of the family as well as the pet.  We 'match-make'.
 
If we have a pet that has multiple families interested, we will complete all introductions and fence checks ( dogs ) to make sure that all interested families qualify for for our adoptions. We will then make the decision regarding the needs of the specific animal and the potential family.  In doing this, we have reduced the rate of return of adopted pets from about 8% to about 2%, so we feel we are doing the right thing.


No pet is officially adopted to a particular family until the adoption contract is filled out and the adoption fee is paid. The Roswell Humane Society will transport the adopted pet to your veterinarian (Roswell only).  Adopters will then pick up their new pet from the veterinarian's office after the surgery is completed.


We advocate early spaying and neutering. The puppies and kittens that are sterilized young (10-12 weeks old) appear to heal much faster and obesity later in life seems less an issue.  If you adopt a puppy or kitten, it will have to stay at the shelter until it is able to be spayed or neutered. Typically, it is not a long wait, we just have to make sure they weigh at least 2.4 pounds and have both sets of vaccinations that we administer.
  

 Adoption fees are:

Dogs$50 (includes two parvo/distemper vaccines, two bordetella vaccines, nexguard, and  two wormings). This fee may be higher if the animal has had to have any immediate medical treatment, be spayed or neutered, and or we had to pay for the rabies vaccination. Upon being qualified to adopt, the owner must pre-pay the spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, and microchip at a Roswell vet and bring us the receipt. - so that we may schedule the surgery-to get them home to you!

PLEASE DO NOT PRE-PAY UNTIL ADVISED TO. 

Adopters MUST have a completely fenced-in yard attached to the home in order to adopt any dog--no exceptions. We do check!
 
Cats - $50 ( Includes two feline distemper vaccinations, revolution, and two wormings). This fee may be higher if the animal has had to have any immediate medical treatment, be spayed or neutered, and or we had to pay for the rabies vaccination. Upon being qualified to adopt, the owner must pre-pay the spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, and microchip at a Roswell vet and bring us the receipt. - so that we may schedule the surgery-to get them home to you!

PLEASE DO NOT PRE-PAY UNTIL ADVISED TO. 
 
All cats and kittens adopted MUST live as strictly indoor cats.
 
Any family with children 5 years of age and under are NOT permitted to adopt any puppy or kitten 12 weeks of age or younger.

Adoption Policies and Procedures 

 
YOU MUST BE APRROVED BY THE ROSWELL HUMANE SOCIETY TO ADOPT ANY ANIMAL THROUGH US.
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ADOPTION TO ANYONE WE CONSIDER UNSUITABLE.
NO ADOPTION IS FIRST COME FIRST SERVE!



 DOGS

1. Introduction with ALL members in the household, especially young children.
    If we feel the introduction is not a good fit, the adoption process ends here.


2. Introduction with any other dogs in the home.
    THIS MUST BE SCHEDULED WITH A HUMANE SOCIETY EMPLOYEE
    If the introduction FAILS, the adoption process ends here.
    If the introduction with the family and other dogs pass we will continue to evaluate all            families interested.

3. Fence check
    Medium to large breed dogs require a min. 6 ft tall fence or higher
    Small breed dogs require a min. 4 ft fence
    THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS. YOUR FENCE HAS TO BE COMPLETE,                            SECURE, AND SAFE FOR THE DOG YOU ARE WISHING TO ADOPT. IF THE                    FENCE DOES NOT PASS, THE ADOPTION PROCESS STOPS HERE.


In the case of having multiple families interested…
We will do all introductions with young children and adults and place the dog in the home we feel as best suitable based on the animals needs and personality.

4. WAIT FOR A CALL FROM US.
    We will let you know if your fence passed or failed (and why) and whether we will be            furthering the adoption with you.

5. If you are approved for the adoption we will send you to pre-pay for the                                  spay / neuter, rabies vaccination, and microchip with a Roswell veterinarian. You will            need to bring the receipt back to us so we can finalize the adoption and have you                  pay the adoption fee ($50).


DO NOT PRE-PAY BEFORE INSTRUCTED! THIS WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE TERMINATION OF THE ADOPTION PROCESS!!!

6. After the adoption is finalized, we will take your new family member to the vet and                you will pick them up after their procedure is complete.



CATS


All cats must be strictly indoors. NO INDOOR / OUTDOOR OR OUTDOOR CATS!


1. Introduction with ALL members in the household, especially young children.
    If we feel the introduction is not a good fit, the adoption process ends here.

In the case of having multiple families interested…
We will do all introductions with young children and adults and place the cat in the home we feel as best suitable based on the animals needs and personality.

2. IF YOU ARE APPROVED AND PASS ALL ADOPTION REQUIREMENTS
    If you are approved for the adoption we will send you to pre-pay for the                                  spay / neuter, rabies vaccination, and microchip with a Roswell veterinarian. You will            need to bring the receipt back to us so we can finalize the adoption and have you                  pay the adoption fee ($50).

DO NOT PRE-PAY BEFORE INSTRUCTED! THIS WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE TERMINATION OF THE ADOPTION PROCESS!!!

3. After the adoption is finalized, we will take your new family member to the vet and you          will pick them up after their procedure is complete.