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 identification is required. Adopters must be 18 years of age to sign the adoption forms. 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. 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!

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 Adoptions Cat Adoptions Rabbit 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.