Our Policies


The adoption fee includes:                  The adoption fee does NOT include:
First shot only                                                 Any extras
Deworming                                                      Bath or dip
Spay/Neuter                                                    Heartworm treatment
Heartworm test                                               Treatment of any illness
Rabies shot                                                      Parvo testing

  • 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.
  •  Refunds on adoptions are only permitted within 10 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 one of our participating veterinarians ( a list is provided with adoption)  within one week of adoption to be checked and receive required vaccinations.
  • We do not “hold” animals for a person to obtain money to adopt nor do we accept down payment/partial payments. All animals are available on a first come-first serve basis
  • 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 or 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.


The Humane Society of Jefferson County is deeply concerned that there are more companion animals than there are responsible homes.

The Humane Society of Jefferson County for that reason requires that all dogs and cats, male and female, placed by our shelter be spayed or neutered at as early an age as is humane and appropriate. Further, the Society encourages all caregivers to consider having dogs and cats with whom they are living spayed or neutered to prevent unwanted litters. The Humane Society offers affordable spay/neuter opportunities.

It is impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States; estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.

The following is from the ASPCA website and refers to the overpopulation problem in the USA:

  • “The average number of litters a fertile cat produces is one to two a year; average number of kittens is 4-6 per litter.
  • The average number of litters a fertile dog produces is one a year; average number of puppies is 4-6.
  • Owned cats and dogs generally live longer, healthier lives than strays.
  • Most strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  • Only ten percent of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. About 75 percent of owned pets are neutered.
  • The cost of spaying or neutering a pet is less than the cost of raising puppies or kittens for a year.
  • Five out of ten dogs in shelters and seven out of ten cats in shelters are destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them.
  • All data are ASPCA estimates.”

End of Life Care

Because of the overpopulation of dogs and cats in Jefferson County there are more pets than appropriate homes. It is the belief of the Humane Society that long-term housing of animals in cages without exercise or social activities is unacceptable. It is our belief that a dignified, painless death is preferable to the cruelties usually associated with an unwanted and/or uncared-for existence. It is the last option to spare animals unending hardship and suffering.

Euthanasia is performed by certified personnel trained in the most humane methods of euthanasia available.

However, as long as an animal is in good health and of good temperament the animal will be housed and cared for as long as there is housing available.

We also offer end of life services to the general public for a $20 donation. Please call the shelter for more details.