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Adams County Animal Shelter cares for up to 5,500 animals each year, providing them with a safe and loving environment while they wait to join a loving family. While Adams County Animal Shelter primarily rescues homeless dogs and cats, they care for birds, reptiles, and other small animals, too.
Adams County Animal Shelter offers a range of low-cost services to the areas they service, which includes seven surrounding cities. These services include the following:
The first step when adopting a pet from Adams County Animal Shelter is to either browse through their site or visit the shelter in person to find your perfect pet. You can bring all your family members along, and if you're adopting a dog, your other dogs, too.
Once you've picked a new pet and have taken the time to get to know them, it's time to complete an adoption application. You must bring a valid photo ID that displays your current address.
Once an adoption counselor has processed your application and everyone's happy and ready, you can complete the last bits of paperwork and take your new pet to the forever home they've been waiting for.
Adoption fees at Adams County Animal Shelter are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, a rabies vaccination tag, a temporary leash or carrier, an adoption pack, and a free vet visit.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, below you'll find some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.