At the Healdsburg Animal Shelter we have made it our priority to
make lifelong matches between homeless animals and compassionate
humans, making Adoption the Best Option!
In order to do that, we try to learn as much as possible about
both our adoptable animals and you and your family so that the
match will last a lifetime. Sometimes our questions may seem
irrelevant or prying, but please remember that we are just trying
our hardest to ensure that the adopted pet fits well into their new
In order to adopt a four-legged friend from the Animal Shelter,
we ask the following:
- That the pet will be primarily a house pet. In other words,
that the animal will be allowed inside the home to share their
lives with their new family. From lots of experience, we've
discovered that animals kept strictly outside oftentimes suffer
from flea and tick infestations, foxtails, harbor abscesses, and
other wounds that are allowed to fester--and sometimes they just
get flat out lonely. We firmly believe that companion animals want
to be full time friends, and we hope that you'll think so too.
- That you present a California ID card or driver's license
showing your current address and that you are at least 18 years of
- That you have the consent of all the adults living in your
- That, if you rent your home, you provide us with your
landlord's name and telephone number so that we may verify that
pets are allowed.
- That all of your current pets are in good health, and are
current on their vaccines and appropriate diagnostic tests
(heartworm for dogs, and Feline Leukemia and AIDS for cats), and
currently licensed in your jurisdiction.
- That, if you are applying for a dog and have a dog at home,
your dog comes to meet the prospective new dog at the shelter
before going home.
- That you assure us that no unnecessary or inhumane surgery will
be performed on the adoptee; this includes no de-clawing of cats,
no de-barking and no ear or tail cropping of dogs.
- That you understand that the Healdsburg Animal Shelter has the
right to, and may deny your adoption application if we feel that
the match is not in the best interest for the animal's needs.
- That false or intentionally omitted information could deny your
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