Adoption Process & Fees

What We Do

Step 1: Complete an Adoption Application

Individuals wishing to adopt a pet from the Lake Humane Society must complete an application.


  • A valid form of ID
  • Adopters signing adoption forms must be 18 years of age or older
  • If you rent your home, please come prepared with your landlord’s information so that we can confirm pets are allowed in your residence.

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. 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!

Dog Adoption Application

Cat and Small Animal Adoption Application

Step 3: Schedule a Meet and Greet

For the safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors, all visits with adoptable animals must be scheduled with an Adoption Counselor. Prior to scheduling a visit, you must first complete the adoption application. Once your application is approved, you will be eligible for a meet and greet. 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. While we know our pet photos are adorable, it’s best to select your companion based on their personality and compatibility with your family and lifestyle, not looks alone. This is why the visit and quality time is key!

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. It’s very important to establish a primary veterinarian for your new pet.

What's Included in the Adoption Fee?

Dog AdoptionsCat AdoptionsRabbit Adoptions
Spay/neuter, initial deworming, rabies vaccination, microchip, veterinary examination, initial vaccinations and heartworm test. All adult dogs also undergo a behavioral assessment.Spay/neuter, initial deworming, rabies vaccination, microchip, veterinary examination, initial vaccinations, Feline Leukemia/FIV Combo test.Spay/neuter and veterinary examination.

LHS Closed to the public

Updated: 12/20/22

Last week, in cooperation with a local police department, Lake Humane Society aided in the rescue of six animals from a humane investigation. Unfortunately, one of the dogs from the rescue has tested positive for the canine parvovirus. The dog is in quarantine and currently doing well under treatment.
Because this disease spreads rapidly, and has a 14-day incubation period, out of an abundance of caution for the health of LHS’s animal population, LHS shelter is closed for the next 14 days. The next two weeks will allow our staff to monitor and assess the health of our animals. We will provide updates as they become available.
Canine parvovirus is a rapidly contagious viral disease that can affect any and all dogs that have not been fully vaccinated. It is vitally important that LHS prioritizes the health and well-being of the animals, staff and volunteers within our shelter walls and yours at home. LHS vaccinates all dogs that haven’t been vaccinated on arrival in an effort to protect them from many diseases, parvovirus being one of them, and clean the shelter with disinfectants to combat the spread of disease.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for supporting our mission in protecting pets and people.
We will be doing adoptions with our animals that are fully vaccinated and showing no signs of illness. Some restrictions will apply, however, if you are interested in adopting, please email so our team can discuss in more detail.
REGARDING AUGGIES PET FOOD PANTRY: we will still be operating Wednesday, December 21st from 1-3pm as the annex building has not been exposed to parvo.