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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.
Adopting an animal from Rutland County Humane Society is a simple process. Here's how it works:
To save time, download the application form ahead of time:
Adoption fees at Rutland County Humane Society are as follows:
If you wish to adopt a bonded pair of adult or senior dogs, it's 50% off for the second dog.
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.
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.