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Watauga Humane Society was formed in 1969 to house, care for, and find homes for stray, abandoned, and unwanted animals. Since then, they’ve grown to meet the needs of both the animals and the people of Watauga County. In 2011 they merged with Watauga County Animal Care and Control and constructed a new facility that can house up to 95 dogs and 175 cats. Up until the furry residents find loving homes, staff and volunteers provide them with quality care and enrichment on a daily basis.
The adoption site has three outdoor play yards and walking trails to meet and interact with available dogs. Available cats reside in either the “Cat Condos” or one of the four group housing rooms. Two indoor meet-and-greet rooms are also available for meeting animals.
Adopting from Watauga Humane Society involves following these simple steps:
Adoption fees at Watauga Humane Society are as follows:
*Puppies and kittens under 6 months are too young to be spayed/neutered, so your adoption fee includes a $100 refundable deposit that will be returned when you provide proof the procedure has taken place.
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter costs, microchipping, all age-appropriate vaccinations, and blood work. With every adoption, you also get a free sample bag of food and a free brief health exam with a local vet.
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.