Adoption Policy

Owning a Companion Animal is a Privilege, not a “Right.”

These adoption policies are based on the experience of many animal shelters. The major reasons people surrender their pets are: unwanted litters, landlord/tenant problems, and lack of time to properly train. Please examine carefully your preparedness to deal with pet ownership.

HEALTHY ANIMALS WITH GOOD DISPOSITIONS HAVE THE BEST CHANCES OF ADAPTING TO NEW ENVIRONMENTS AND LIFE STYLES.

Although we can make no guarantees about the temperament or behaviors of our animals, our animals are recommended for adoption on the basis of good health, friendly personalities, and the ability to adapt to new people and homes.

SPAYING/NEUTERING OF PETS IS BENEFICIAL TO THEIR HEALTH AND LONGEVITY AS WELL AS TO REDUCING PET OVER-POPULATION.

As a result of the dog and cat overpopulation problem, more than 24,000 dogs and cats are destroyed each year in Hillsborough County alone. Spaying and neutering, in addition to being in the best interest of your pet’s health, is essential to controlling the number one cause of animal cruelty today: irresponsible breeding.

PET OWNERS MUST BE PREPARED PRIOR TO THE ADOPTION BY PROVIDING PROPER FACILITIES TO MAINTAIN AND CONTAIN THE PET.

In any environment – and especially in an urban environment – your pet is not able to defend for him/herself from the various forms of potential danger: disease, traffic, cruelty inflected by people, injury inflicted by other animals, etc. Your pet’s safety and well being mandates that you have a means of providing a safe confinement for your dog or cat.

PERMISSION FROM MANAGERS OF RENTAL PROPERTIES AND HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATIONS PRIOR TO ADOPTION WILL PROVIDE A MORE SECURE PLACEMENT FOR THE PET.

One of the primary reasons for dogs and cats being released by their owners to shelters is that of landlord/tenant problems. For this reason, if you rent, it is important that you have checked with and have permission of your landlord for the type and size animals you intend to adopt.

PROPER VETERINARY CARE, INCLUDING ANNUAL CHECKUPS, IS IMPORTANT IN MAINTAINING GOOD HEALTH AND LONG LIFE OF PETS.

In addition to emergency medical care when needed, regular veterinary checkups and routine medical care is the best way to assure the health and comfort and long life of your companion animal.

PET OWNERS MUST BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF THEIR PETS AND MUST ADHERE TO ALL LAWS AND ORDINANCES PERTAINING TO PET OWNERSHIP.

Being a responsible pet owner includes recognizing the rights of others who do not own pets and do not wish to have them intrude upon their privacy or the quiet enjoyment of their property.

ADOPTION OF A PET IS AN ADULT RESPONSIBILITY.

A lifelong commitment to an animal is an adult responsibility. Only adults are able to assume adult responsibilities. If you are selecting a pet for you and your family, it is an important decision that should involve all members of your household. If you have children, choosing the right pet is very important for the education of the child as well as for the safety of both the child and the pet. Please plan to spend some time observing the interactions between child and pet before placement is approved.

DOGS AND CATS CAN PROVIDE MANY YEARS OF PLEASURABLE COMPANIONSHIP AND ANY OTHER BENEFIT, WHICH THEY MAY PROVIDE, IS SECONDARY TO OUR PURPOSE IN THEIR PLACEMENT AS COMPANIONS.

Dogs and cats have a value in their own right and apart from their functional value to human beings. Animals who have already lost a home should be placed specifically as companions to ensure the best chance of remaining in the new home. Hunting, mousing, guarding, etc. are not abilities inherent in all dogs and cats and, therefore, could become a cause for surrender. We place pets only as companions to people.

WE DO NOT RELEASE ANY ANIMALS FOR RESEARCH PURPOSE.

The use of animals for research purposes is inconsistent with our mission to provide homes for homeless animals.

We do our best to find responsible and appropriate homes for the animals entrusted to our care. For this reason we carefully review all applications and reserve the right to independently verify the information provided. If your application for the adoption of an animal is not approved, we will do our best to explain the reason(s).

PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT DENIAL IS NOT A REJECTION OF YOU, AS A PERSON; IT IS A REFUSAL TO PLACE A PARTICULAR ANIMAL IN A PARTICULAR SITUATION.