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Watertown Humane Society originated in the 1920s, when two compassionate souls cared for homeless animals on their farm. Since that time, Watertown Humane Society has been not only a beacon of hope for pets in the area, but also a sanctuary for all the people who love them. Watertown Humane Society's mission is to provide for the lost, homeless, neglected, and abused animals of the City of Watertown and the surrounding communities, and to educate and enlighten the public regarding animal welfare.
Foster homes are a crucial part of Watertown Humane Society's network. Foster carers save lives by stepping up to welcome these animals into their homes. They provide an element of healing and care that a shelter never can. Watertown Humane Society provides food, supplies, medical care, and support to fosters. You provide the love! Generally, foster homes care for the animals before adoption or until they're old enough to come to the shelter (in the case of many of the kittens).
Adopting a pet from Watertown Humane Society is straightforward with just a few steps:
Adoption fees at Watertown Humane Society are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, deworming, flea/tick treatments, microchipping, rabies vaccination, distemper vaccination, heartworm testing, Lyme disease testing, and a bordetella (kennel cough) vaccination for dogs.
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.