How much do animals cost?
- Dog/puppy adoption fee is $75.00
The adoption includes: Spay/neuter surgery,1st shot, bordetella for dogs, microchipping (with free registration) and up to 30 days of Shelter Care Insurance. Rabies tag is also included in the adoption. (Estimated total value of over $200.00 in services.*** You must provide email address at the time of adoption to receive the gift of insurance.***)
***In an effort to reduce the companion animal overpopulation in our area TLHS adopted a mandatory spay/neuter policy in Feb. 2007. This means that all animals adopted will have to be spayed or neutered before the adopter takes them home. If the animal you would like to adopt is not "fixed" the process is normally - we will transport the animal to one of our volunteer vet offices to get spayed/neutered and you will be able to pick up the animal at the vet office (usually the next day).***
What are your adoption criteria?
We generally prefer that persons adopting animals be 21 years of age. However, persons 18-20 may adopt animals if they live on their own. (We will need confirmation that you live on your own such as a utility bill etc.) Please call or email to discuss adoption, if you are driving a long distance / live out of town or state. We require that adoptive families not be restricted from owning pets by any rental agreements and that they have adequate facilities for the type animal they are adopting. Lap dogs, or cats that have been declawed, may need to stay inside. Big, active dogs may need to be outside in a large yard. Beyond that, the individual must sign an adoption statement promising to meet the animal's basic physical needs, that the animal is for themselves and not a third party, and that they will not sell the animals to a research facility for testing purposes etc.
Are there other places to see animals up for adoption besides the shelter or this website?
Yes! Especially cats. The Tupelo PetsMart Store is gracious enough to allow us to adopt dogs and cats in their Luv-a-Pet Adoption Center. Because they are so easily litter trained, we are allowed to keep cats in the center 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The PetsMart staff adopts them for us and allows TLHS to keep the entire adoption fee. Since dogs do not do well in small cages, TLHS is required to have volunteers on hand when they are present. This usually limits dog adoptions at PetsMart to Saturdays. We are typically there from late morning up until mid afternoon. (normal hours are 10am to 4pm - when we have full volunteer help)