Adoption information - Adopt a pet from Panhandle Animal Shelter

General Adoption Information

When you adopt a pet from Panhandle Animal Shelter, you give that animal a second chance at life and you support programs to help prevent pet overpopulation.

Adopting a pet from the shelter is easy! To adopt a pet, you:
  • Get acquainted with a pet.
  • Complete an Adoption Questionnaire (be sure to get your landlord’s consent if you are renting!), pay the adoption fee and enjoy your pet;
  • Obtain the free veterinary exam ASAP or within two weeks;
  • Pets must be adopted by the prospective owner and be 18 years of age or older (gift certificates are available).
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Free veterinary exam:

Included in your adoption fee is a free health exam at a participating veterinary clinic. PAS asks adopters to have this exam performed within three business days to assure you that the pet is healthy at the time of adoption.

All shelter animals have received some vaccinations which are noted on the adoption forms. The free vet exam does not include any additional vaccinations, lab tests, medications or treatment.

All animals are given medical exams and we will inform potential owners of any health issues that we discover; however, if your veterinarian detects signs of health problems, please give some thought to the time and expense that may be required to provide the necessary treatment. You must return the animal to the shelter at once or assume full responsibility for all diagnostic and treatment costs.

If your pet has a common problem such as fleas, ear mites or worms that will respond to routine care, you are expected to provide such care at your own expense as a normal responsibility of pet ownership.

The Panhandle Animal Shelter gives a rabies vaccination if the animal is at the shelter for at least a week and occurs when our veterinarian is on the premises.  We do not guarantee that your pet will be vaccinated against rabies. Vaccination information for your pet will be reviewed with you at the time of adoption.

Choosing a veterinary clinic: If you have not already established a relationship with a veterinary service in your area, please consult your phone directory. It may be most convenient to schedule the initial exam with a clinic near your home so you can return to the same clinic for future services. Please confirm with them that they are participating in shelter programs for the free health exam. Be sure to take your adoption form with you.

Pet registration and identification:

At the time of adoption, you will receive an I.D. tag for your animal’s microchip. Microchipping is standard practice. Your contact information will be registered at the time of adoption to ensure your pet can be linked back to you if ever lost. Keep identification on your pet at all times and call the shelter immediately if your pet is lost. Pets wearing I.D. can be returned promptly, saving you considerable expense and days or weeks of anxiety. Lost pets may be left to wander or may be kept by well-meaning citizens who presume the animals are abandoned.

The most likely time for your pet to wander is in its first few days of adjustment to unfamiliar surroundings. The trees, fences and roads that represent obvious boundaries to you are meaningless to your pet. Confine your pet for a period of time until it bonds with you. Spend some time teaching it to recognize and respect its new boundaries.

Other Important Pet Info:

Animal control laws: Most counties and their incorporated cities now have animal control laws that require you to restrain your dog. Check with your clerk to see if there may be requirements for licensing, rabies vaccination or means of safe transport for your dog or cat.

If your pet bites someone, you are obligated by law to make a report to a law enforcement agency and/or your public health authorities.

Spaying and neutering: All animals are spayed or neutered prior to leaving the shelter. The Panhandle Animal Shelter receives approximately 2,000 animals each year.

There are many benefits to having your pet altered. Surgical procedures are routine and your pet will recuperate quickly.

Spaying/neutering your pet may prevent or reduce bad habits such as fighting, roaming, marking territory and making unwelcome visits to your neighbors’ pets.

Altering your pet may reduce the chances of contracting serious, sometimes fatal, diseases of the reproductive systems of both males and females.

Veterinary care
It’s becoming increasingly important to have all pets vaccinated against diseases that are prevalent in this area. Rabies vaccinations are required by law nearly everywhere and others are highly recommended. Even pets that are confined should be protected against disease.

All cats and dogs need to be wormed periodically. Some dewormers are available over-the-counter and others must be obtained from a veterinary clinic.

Preventive measures and proper discipline can help to avoid injuries and diseases that can be expensive to treat. Immediate treatment may preclude complications that could cause inexpensive treatment to escalate into serious and costly problems.

Pet Adjustment
All pets need time to adjust to a new environment. The pet you have adopted has been abandoned or relinquished by its former owner. Adapting to the unfamiliar surroundings and routine of the shelter has been stressful. Only limited information may have been available about your pet’s past health, temperament and habits. Supervise your children and use caution when introducing your pet to other cats and dogs.

Returns and refunds
If evidence of a significant health or temperament problem arises, you may return the animal within two weeks of adoption for a refund of fees or an exchange for a new pet.

Before you think of returning an animal, please allow some time for your pet to adjust to strange people, new routines and unfamiliar surroundings. Most adjustment problems can be resolved with patience.

If you do conclude that you and your pet are incompatible, please return the animal to the shelter.

When you need HELP!
Let us help you with your pet. Call our PAS Helpline at 208-217-4453.

If you have any questions or need advice regarding your new pet, please call the shelter at 208-265-PAWS (7297).

Meet our cats and dogs available for adoption by going to the “Adopt” tab of our website.