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Portsmouth Humane Society is a non-profit organization that's been operating for over 130 years to provide shelter and care to all of Portsmouth’s animals in need. Founded in 1889, they're the oldest animal welfare facility in Virginia and the only one in Portsmouth.
That’s a lot of pawpies to tend to! And as an independent, non-profit, they rely exclusively on both donations and volunteers to take effective care of the city’s homeless animals. Or, better yet, finding them a loving forever home.
“I love animals! How can I help?” Well, you can adopt, donate, foster, or volunteer! They provide many opportunities to learn and join their crusade.
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!
To adopt a lucky animal from Portsmouth Humane Society, follow the process below:
One week after adoption, you'll receive a follow-up email to see how your new pet has adjusted to their new life and to offer whatever assistance you may need.
Adoption applications are located here.
Adoption fees at Portsmouth Humane Society are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchipping, a heartworm test, and a feline leukemia test and FIV test for cats.
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.