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"Columbia County Humane Society is organized to ensure the protection, sheltering, and welfare of all animals in and around Columbia County through a cooperative effort with our citizens."
Columbia County Humane Society is an independent, non-profit organization that relies almost entirely on donations to continue running.
Each year the shelter cares for around 1,300 animals. Many have been brought in by local officials, been transferred from other rescue centers, or surrendered by owners unable to care for them. Through educational programs and outreach services, Columbia County Humane Society's committed team is dedicated to providing care and support to the community they serve. Their goal is to rehome as many animals as possible while reducing the number of healthy animals needlessly euthanized each year.
To get a jump start on the adoption process, fill out an online application before you visit the shelter.
Before you visit the shelter in person, why not have a look at their website to see who might be waiting for you when you arrive! Each pet available for adoption will be listed with a picture and details about their personality, age, weight, breed, sex, and more.
Once your application is received and processed, a team member will get in touch to arrange an appointment for a visit. Alternatively, you can visit the shelter without an appointment during pet viewing hours.
Same-day adoptions are possible for cats and dogs that have already been spayed or neutered. Dog owners should bring their current pets to meet their potential new playmates.
Every effort is made to match the right pet with the right owner. We hope you are able to find your perfect mate at Columbia County Humane Society!
Adoption fees at Columbia County Humane Society are as follows:
Fees above do not included tax. Senior citizens and humane society members can enjoy a 25% discount.
Your adoption fee covers spaying/neutering, microchipping, heartworm testing (dogs), and standard vaccinations.
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, here's 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.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
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.