We want to help you choose just the right pet for you and your family. Please take a look at our adoptable pets then c’mon in for a visit. We would love to help you. Feel free to read some adoption tips from the ASPCA.
The fee to adopt a dog from HSJC is $100.00 Previously spayed or neutered is $75.00
The fee to adopt a cat from HSJC is $50.00 * the adoption fee for dogs/cats includes the spay/neuter, wellness check, initial vaccination and rabies vaccination * the adoption fee for dogs includes a microchip **+ $25.00 refundable Spay/Neuter deposit if the animal (usually a young puppy or kitten) is unable to be spayed/neutered at the time of adoption.
Tennessee state law states: “(a) If the dog or cat being adopted has not been spayed or neutered, the agency shall require a deposit of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) from the new owner prior to the adoption in order to ensure that the dog or cat is spayed or neutered. The new owner may request and shall receive a refund of the deposit from the agency upon providing confirmation of the spaying or neutering.”
All adoption fees must be collected in full before any animal is released. NO CREDIT is ever given to anyone, including Humane Society members and officers.
All adoption fees are paid directly to the Humane Society of Jefferson County. The Humane Society then pays the veterinarian. No money profit is made from animal adoptions.
Cash refunds on adoptions are only permitted within 7 days of the date of adoption. Animals which become sick or die within 1 week of adoption may be returned to the shelter, and another animal may be chosen to replace the sick one. While dead animals should be returned, sick animals must be returned, and all adoption papers for sick or dead animals must be returned to shelter if replacement is requested.
Adopted animals should be taken to selected veterinarians (Animal Wellness, Lakeway, Stonegate, Town & Country, Ridgefield, White Pine Animal Clinic, Rutledge Animal Clinic) within one week of adoption to be checked and receive required vaccinations.
We do not want to lose a sure chance for an animal to find a home, If someone desires to adopt a specific animal but cannot do so that day, we will try, but do not guarantee, to hold that animal for them. If someone else comes in with the money to adopt the animal, we will adopt it out.
We do not board animals.
We cannot accept payment in advance and then “hold the animal for a few days”. The owner is expected to take possession of their animal at the time of adoption.
We cannot accept surrendered animals with the understanding that we will call when the animal is adopted of before euthanizing.
We do not accept animals with the understanding that if they are not adopted the surrendering party may come back and pick up the animal.
An animal can only be returned to the surrendering party as a “Return to Owner” if owned or by adoption through payment of required fees if a stray.
Guidelines for Rescue Groups
The Humane Society of Jefferson County is happy to work with any local, regional or national group. In order to assure that Rescue Groups are legitimate we do request supportive information.
Proof that the group is a nonprofit or affiliated with a nonprofit.
A copy of the group’s adoption guidelines and adoption contract.
A letter identifying the veterinarian with whom the group works.
A list of persons authorized to act for the group.
Animals entering the rescue system must be removed in a timely fashion. Animals will be made available to other rescue groups or individuals if not promptly picked up.
Once the animal is in the care of the rescue group we provide no further services.
Animals in the care of the rescue group may not be returned the HSJC except for behavioral or medical problems verified by a veterinarian. The rescue group must realize for these animals euthanization is a very likely outcome.