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Through their contract with the county, Portage County Humane Society is home to up to 200 animals at any given time. Their humane officers deliver crucial animal control services and are available to investigate cases of animal neglect and abuse.
Portage County Humane Society is a non-profit organization with a rich history dating back to 1969. From 2013 to date, they've systematically improved their live release rates, achieving a commendable 97% save rate in 2018, which indicates the percentage of intakes that were released either through adoption, return to their owners, or transfer to another shelter.
Portage County Humane Society's mission is to improve the welfare of animals while doing their part to decrease animal overpopulation. They strive to find loving homes for all their animals and deliver humane education to the community.
Portage County Humane Society makes use of their Meet Your Match (MYM) program that helps match people with animals. The system notes each animal's behavior and interests to match them up with your preferences and expectations. These preferences and expectations are gathered through a survey. MYM is designed to help place pets in suitable homes and ultimately, save more animal lives.
To adopt a dog or cat you must meet the following criteria:
Adoption applications are usually processed within 4 days. Portage County Humane Society will inform you if you're application was selected as a best match for one of their pets. The shelter won't place holds on animals.
You can complete your adoption application online or download and print one to bring in with you when you visit the shelter. Applications can be found at the links below:
Adoption fees at Portage County Humane Society aren't published on the shelter's website and vary by animal. Contact a member of Portage County Humane Society's staff for more information or to learn what you adoption fee covers.
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.