Rutland County Humane Society

Pittsford, Vermont

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About Rutland County Humane Society

Rutland County Humane Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1959. They take in unwanted, stray, or abandoned animals and give them food, shelter, and love until they can be rehomed. They don’t give up on an animal that has the potential to find their furrever home.

At any given time, there are 50-120 animals at the shelter, with summer being the busiest season with the arrival of kittens. Around 70% of the more than 1,400 animals who come to Rutland County Humane Society annually are cats, 29% are dogs, and 1% are birds, rabbits or rodents.

They've also developed several programs to help the community get involved in supporting their animals. These programs include foster families, volunteering, and working with feral cat colonies. Rutland County Humane Society also has a “SPAY THE MOM” program that's simple and free. If you’re a Rutland County resident, bring any mom cat or dog and all of her kittens or puppies to the shelter. Mom will be spayed and returned to you at no cost. The kittens and puppies will be adopted into loving new homes after being spayed and neutered.

Contact Info

765 Stevens Rd
(802) 483-9171

Hours of Operation

Mon: Closed
Tue - Sat: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sun: Closed

Adoption Process

Adopting an animal from Rutland County Humane Society is a simple process. Here's how it works:

  1. After you've been online to view all the cute furballs waiting to meet you, visit the shelter and meet them in person.
  2. At the shelter, you can learn more about their shining personalities by talking to Rutland County Humane Society's amazing staff members. Feel free to ask as many questions as you’d like.
  3. After you select an animal you’re interested in adopting, you’ll be asked to fill out an adoption questionnaire.
  4. You’ll need to provide your veterinarian’s name and evidence of home ownership (mortgage stub or tax bill) or your landlord’s name and phone number.
  5. Adopting a dog? Bring all four-legged and two-legged family members to meet the new pet. This is an essential step to make sure everyone gets along at home.
  6. Rutland County Humane Society will do their best to complete the adoption process of your new pet before the close of business, so get there with a couple of hours to spare. You should take the time needed to get to know the animal you’ve chosen, ask questions, and get ready to take your new pet home. If the shelter can’t complete everything in one day, it’ll be finalized the following day.

To save time, download the application form ahead of time:

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Rutland County Humane Society are as follows:


  • Puppies (up to 1 year): $300
  • Adults (1+ years): $200
  • Seniors (8+ years): $125

If you wish to adopt a bonded pair of adult or senior dogs, it's 50% off for the second dog.


  • Kittens (up to 1 year): $100
  • Adults (1+ years): $85
  • Seniors: (9+ years): $50

Small Animals

  • Rabbits: $25 ($35 for 2)
  • Birds: Adoption fees vary by type
  • Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Mice, and Rats: $20 ($30 for 2)
  • Ferrets: $50

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, an ID tag, rabies vaccination, distemper vaccination, deworming, flea treatment, a physical with your veterinarian, and valuable dog or cat behavior information. Additionally, dogs will receive kennel cough vaccination, heartworm testing, a collar, and a leash. Cats will have a feline leukemia test.

Adoption Process & Fees

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.

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Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

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:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

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.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

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.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Rutland County Humane Society
directly using the contact info above.

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