TLHS Adoption Process


Applicant requirements

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and show valid proof of ID at the time of adoption and must have completed a pre-adoption questionnaire. The pre-adoption questionnaire is a three page form that all applicants for adoption must complete prior to approval for adoption.

TLHS adoption counselors will review the applicant’s previous and current pet ownership information and references as well as lifestyle and living arrangements. Please provide name of veterinary clinic and contact information for a veterinary reference as well as landlord name and contact if applicable on the questionnaire.

Proof of rabies vaccination on any owned animals must be provided at the time of adoption consideration as well as heartworm prevention for any currently owned dogs or puppies.

Please note that completing an adoption application does not mean that you are automatically approved to adopt that animal. The adoption approval is left to the discretion of the adoption counselors and management at TLHS.

TLHS reserves the right to deny an adoption to anyone who has not taken the opportunity to first visit the animal in person.

Choosing the perfect pet for your home

If you are looking for a new pet, TLHS has an array of sizes and personalities to match every person or family. Inform your adoption counselor of what you are looking for. This is a critical step of our adoption process as our adoption counselors are experienced with every adoptable animal in our facility and can best match you with the perfect fit.

TLHS is happy to introduce a dog or puppy to a currently owned dog as long as your dog is current on vaccinations. We will not be able to test cats from our facility with your dog or cat for safety reasons. If you have a cat at home, please inform the adoption counselor. We will do our best to insure the safest choice for all animals involved.

Do not feel rushed to make a decision. Adopting is a lifetime commitment for both the adopter and adoptee. That’s a big decision to make. If you have not visited our facility, please use this time to discuss pet ownership with a veterinarian of your choice and plan a visit to TLHS to discuss adoption with one of our adoption counselors. Our goal is for the transition from our adoption facility to your home the best experience it can be.

Adoption fees

Canines 

Puppies under 4 months – $160

Puppies over 4 months and adult dogs – $85

VIP Dogs – $150

A “VIP” pet is a highly adoptable canine or feline that is adopted quickly, usually the same day or week that they are made available.

Included with your adoption fee is a spayed or neutered pet that is up to date on all age appropriate vaccines and microchipped. If your animal is not old enough to receive a rabies vaccine, you will be provided with a free rabies vaccination voucher through a local participating veterinarian. All dogs or puppies over the age of 6 months will be heartworm tested and those results will be disclosed to the adopter prior to adoption. The total value of the services performed on our puppies or dogs is on average $375. That is a great deal when our adoption rates are $85-$150!

We offer low cost heartworm treatments for our adoptable dogs. If you are interested in adopting one of our heartworm positive dogs or sponsoring a shelter dogs heartworm treatment please contact s via phone or email for more information.  Please specify which dog you are interested in helping

Felines

Kittens under 4 months – $80

Kittens over 4 months and adult cats – $60*

VIP Cats – $80

A “VIP” pet is a highly adoptable canine or feline that is adopted quickly, usually the same day or week that they are made available.

Included with your adoption fee is a spayed or neutered pet that is up to date on all age appropriate vaccines and microchipped. If your animal is not old enough to receive a rabies vaccine, you will be provided with a free rabies vaccination voucher through a local participating veterinarian. All cat/kitten will be FeLV/FIV tested and those results will be disclosed to the adopter prior to adoption, We recommend all adoptees are retested with your veterinarian at least three months after the initial test we performed to confirm a negative test result. The total value of the services performed on our kittens  or cats is on average $225. That is a great deal when our adoption rates are $60-$80!

We do offer some FIV positive cats to homes that already have FIV positive residents. If you are interested in learning more, please call or e-mail us for more information.

Additional information 

All adopted animals receive a free health exam voucher at the time of adoption to redeem at any local participating veterinarian.

We use Found Animal microchips that provide free registration and change of owner information for the life of the animal. Moving or planning on getting a new number, no problem. Just call the microchip company and request a change of address or phone number to make sure that you pet can always find its way home if it is found.

Our adoption fees are considered a donation at the time of adoption and are not refundable. We thank you for your support. If you find the pet you choose is not he best fit, you have two week to exchange it with a pet that has the same adoption fee.

Pet insurance if offered at the time of adoption and is the responsibility of the owner to register for the free trial.

Out of state adoptions

If you live outside of Mississippi and want to adopt from TLHS, there are a few requirements to interstate traveling with an animal. Any animal traveling outside of Mississippi must have a rabies vaccination and a health certificate through a vet post adoption. Some states have certain other requirements and those vary. Please check with the state you reside and any state that you may be traveling through to make sure you will have the time to secure all legal interstate travel requirements on your pet. Also, please be advised, if the animal you choose has not been surgically altered, it must be spayed or neutered before leaving the facility.

If you have any further questions regarding our adoption process, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email at adopt@tupeloleehumane.org.