What is The Humane Society of Central Texas adoption process?
So, you want to adopt a pet from the Humane Society of Central Texas? Of course, you do! The “fur’s” housed at this facility are wonderful, all deserve a forever home and your home is perfect!
But where to start?
There are several options that will lead you and help you through the adoption process.
First find the “one.” I don’t know about you, but I fall in love with every one of these babies just by looking at their pictures. While all are welcome in my home, certain photos catch my attention and draw me in.
Once you’ve found your next family member’s photo you can fill out an application online. It’s suggested you do a follow up phone call (254) 754-1454 as the HSCT staff is small, and they may not always see or get to an online application.
Speaking to a staff member will also provide more information, such as true age, size, personality, and in some cases, how the pet came to the shelter, plus availability. The animal may be in foster care or already adopted and the info hasn’t been updated.
But if your desired fur baby is still waiting, you will be asked to come to the Humane Society to meet and make sure you’re a good match. In dog adoptions, if the prospective adopter already has a pup at home, they’re encouraged to bring their dog up for a meet and greet. Any meet and greets between two strange dogs must be done by an experienced kennel personnel or a qualified volunteer.
Note: This practice is not a HSCT requirement, unless there are extenuating circumstances, i.e. the dog has shown major aggression toward other shelter dogs or someone had returned the dog because of belligerent issues with other family pets.
Dogs get along, right? Decision made? Yep! Grab that kennel card on the front of the chosen dog’s kennel (or kitty) and head on into the lobby, fill out an adoption app, if you didn’t online, then you wait—just a few minutes, and an adoption Counselor will invite you to their desks to discuss the application, review the questions for clarification.
What are the questions? Here are a few examples.
- Where will the pet stay? Inside, outside, both?
- Is there appropriate fencing if the animal is outdoors?
- Who will take care of the pet if you’re not able?
- Meeting options of other family pets.
- Explanations about Heartworms, clarifying that if a dog is HW+ that the new owner will assume the cost and responsibility.
- Current and prior health issues are the new owner’s obligation.
Once the particulars are understood and agreed upon, the counselor will enter the info into the computer. Payment is expected, which is one year and older is $50.00 and $75.00 for a kitten or puppy under a year old. (They take credit/debit card, check, and cash!) These fees are for spay or neuter, first heartworm prevention, and shots.
All that and a sweet love bug, too? What a deal!
Next, you’ll receive your paperwork (kennel card, medical history, disclaimer, and receipt) and possibly your new “baby” provided they’ve already been spayed or neutered. If not, you’ll have to wait until an appointment is scheduled, and you can pick them up at the assigned vet.
If you adopted a pet and cannot take it home right away due to needing to be fixed, you’re welcome to call and check or come up and visit to bond.
The Humane Society of Central Texas is having a Clear the Shelter event on Saturday, August 19, 2017.
This is a national event, supported and promoted by NBC owned television stations. All shelters are encouraged to participate, and HSCT has been involved for the past few years.
Sponsored and free to adopt!
Urgents in Need of Homes!
Unfortunately, adoptions were very slow these past two weeks, meaning the adoption section on this page is a little sad. So many urgents are still waiting. The shelter is full and these wonderful dogs need an out ASAP!
Your Newest Family Member is Listed Below!
You don’t need to wait! There are several urgents who’s fees are also paid.
Look Who Found Their Forever Homes!
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