The Adoption Process

Step 1 - Visitation

You may visit with animals during the shelter visitation hours.  The shelter has private “friendship rooms” in which you can become acquainted with the animals on an individual basis.

Step 2 - The Application

Individuals wishing to adopt a pet from the Lake Humane Society must complete an application and have a valid form of identification. You must be 18 years of age to sign the adoption forms.

Step 3 - The Consultation

When the application is complete, a staff member will review it and answer any questions that you may have. The purpose of this application is to assure that you have made the appropriate selection for your particular lifestyle and be certain that you understand our requirements regarding the animal.  Based on our guidelines, we reserve the right to place our animals only in homes that are suitable for the needs of the animal.

Step 4 - The Adoption

Once your application is approved, a staff member will complete the necessary paperwork and review it with you.  In addition to an adoption contract, you will receive a list of all vaccinations and medical treatment that the animal has received while in our care.

Step 5 - No Charge Veterinary Exam

It is required that all pets adopted from the Lake Humane Society be taken for a veterinary physical with a veterinarian of your choice.  You will receive a certificate for a FREE veterinary exam at a participating Lake County veterinarian. This certificate will cover only the veterinary examination fee.  You will be responsible for any additional costs incurred at the visit.

Spay-Neuter Program

The Humane Society of the United States estimates three to four million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are euthanized because there are not nearly enough homes available.  In 1999, a new Spay-Neuter program was started here at Lake Humane Society that enables us to spay and neuter all cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies prior to them going up for adoption.  This wonderful program has helped us do our part to fight companion animal overpopulation.

Adoption Fees

Puppies up to 6 months: $130
Dogs 6 months to 6 years: $90
Dogs over 6 years old: $70
A dog license is required at the time of the adoption and costs $15.75.

Kittens up to 6 months: $100
Cats 6 months to 6 years: $50
Cats over 6 years old: $30

Rabbits: $30
Ferrets: $25
Guinea Pigs: $15
Pocket Pets: $5-10

A $10 administration fee applies to all adoptions.

Dog Adoptions – Spay/neuter, initial deworming, rabies vaccination, microchip, veterinary examination, initial vaccinations and heartworm test.
Cat Adoptions – Spay/neuter, initial deworming, rabies vaccination, microchip, veterinary examination, initial vaccinations, Feline Leukemia/FIV Combo test.
Rabbit Adoptions – Spay/neuter and veterinary examination.

Here at Lake Humane Society we use The ASPCA's Meet Your Match Program for all of our adoptable cats. We also use the ASPCA's SAFER Assessment for all of our adoptable dogs.

Adoption Process

Adoption Process





Lake Humane Society & Adoption Center

Contact Us

Lake Humane Society
7564 Tyler Boulevard, Bldg. E
Mentor, OH 44060
Phone 440.951.6122 | Fax 440.951.6144

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Mon. & Thurs.:12-7 p.m.
Tues., Fri., Sat. & Sun.: 12-5 p.m.
Wed. & All Major Holidays: Closed
Kennel closed weekdays 3-4 p.m.
for Canine Happy Hour