The Adoption Process

Step 1 - Visit the Adoptable Pets

We welcome interested adopters to visit with various adoptable pets at our adoption center during our visiting hours. The shelter has private “friendship rooms” in which you can become acquainted with the pets on an individual basis to get a feel for their individual personalities and needs.

Step 2 - Complete an Adoption Application

Individuals wishing to adopt a pet from the Lake Humane Society must complete an application once they've identified the pet they are interested in adopting. A valid form of identification is required. Adopters must be 18 years of age to sign the adoption forms.

If you submit an application for a dog that is not yet ready for adoption, please note that we may not be able to provide you with an exact timeline for when the animal will be ready for adoption. We will review applications in the order in which they are received for unavailable dogs, and we will contact the first approved adopter when the dog is ready to go home. Interested adopters are welcome to call for updates each week. Since our facility does not have space to allow for a separate holding area for new arrival dogs, all of our dogs are viewable in our kennel despite where they are in the process. We appreciate your patience and understanding!

Step 3 - Speak with an Adoption Counselor

When the application is complete, an Adoption Counselor 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 pet.  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 is Processed

Once your application is approved, the Adoption Counselor 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. At this time, you will pay the non-refundable adoption fee for the pet you've chosen to adopt.

Step 5 - Complimentary Veterinary Follow-Up Exam

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

LHS Spays & Neuters Pets Prior to Adoption

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.  For nearly 20 years (since 1999), Lake Humane Society has spayed and neutered all cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, and rabbits prior to them going up for adoption. Not only does this help to reduce companion animal overpopulation in our community, but it also ensures that our adoptable pets are happier and healthier pets! The spay/neuter is of no additional cost to the adopter as it's included in the adoption fee.

Adoption Fees

Puppies up to 6 months: $250* (Includes 6-week obedience class)
Dogs 6 months to 6 years: $100*
Dogs over 6 years old: $80*
*A Lake County dog license is required at the time of the adoption and costs $20.75.

Kittens up to 6 months: $110
Cats 6 months to 6 years: $60
Cats over 6 years old: $40

Rabbits: $40
Ferrets: $35
Guinea Pigs: $25
Pocket Pets: $15-20

A $10 administration fee has been applied to all adoption fees above.

What's Included in the Adoption Fee?

Dog Adoptions – Spay/neuter, initial deworming, rabies vaccination, microchip, veterinary examination, initial vaccinations and heartworm test. All adult dogs also undergo a behavioral assessment. Puppy adoption fees include a required 6-week group obedience class for proper socialization and basic training.

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.


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