Our Adoption Process
Ask anyone who has ever adopted a pet, and they’ll tell you that theirs is the most amazing pet in the world, and we agree! We take great care with matching fabulous owners with terrific pets. To ensure success, we have a simple process for each adoption that takes about a week to complete. While we understand that the desire is to take a pet home that day, trust us, it is worth the wait for that perfect addition to your family!
01Come in and Meet Available Pets
We encourage you to meet the pets you are interested in and get a chance to bond. Often, pet parents will have a preference for breed, size, or sex of a dog or cat but find that those elements are not always important when they find “the one” that was meant for their family.
02Fill Out an Application
Next, fill out an application that is available in person or online. Once you have filled out an application it will take us a few days to process the information and you will be contacted if your application has been approved.
03In-Person or Virtual Home Visit
If you live in Sterling City limits, we conduct an in-person home visit. If you live outside the city limits pictures of the home and living area will be required. We will want to see where the animal will be sleeping and staying, the kennel, the outside area and fence, which is a requirement, and where the animal will be eating.
04Opportunity to Amend
We want both you and your pet to be happy and safe! If there are any problems, you’ll be allowed the opportunity to amend or fix those issues.
LCHS will Schedule an appointment with our vet, which is fully covered in the adoption fee. During the vet appointment, the animal will receive a Microchip, get spayed or neutered and get up-to-date on all shots, including Parvo, Distemper, and Bordetella.
Once approved, we will set up a day for you to pick up your new family member. While you cannot pick up an animal the same day as your initial visit, LCHS Gotcha Days are some of the most heartwarming and exciting days you can experience and well worth the wait. Be sure to have that video rolling for the special day!