ADOPTION INFORMATION & POLICIES
View adoption contract
(This is not our complete contract, but does have all
the terms so you can read and be familiar with prior to adopting from our
We ask our potential adopters fill out the Adoption Application below and you
can either fax to 334-567-8774 or scan and email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Humane Society of Elmore County, Attn:
Director, 255 Central Plank Road, Wetumpka, AL 36092
You must be at least 19 Years Old to Adopt
Our goal is to place the pet in the best home for that pet taking many
issues into account in regards to both the adopter and the pet. We reserve the
right to deny an adoption if we feel it is in the best interest of the pet.
Denial does not necessarily mean you cannot adopt from us, it might just mean we
want to work with you to help find that pet which will be a better fit for your
family, household and lifestyle.
If the adoption involves shipping the pet out of our state, then the minimum
age of that animal for adoption is four months old. This will allow for us to
have that animal spayed or neutered prior to it being transported out of our
control and will add up to a week to the adoption process.
No Adoptions at shelter prior to 10am during the week and 9 am on Saturdays.
We are closed to the public on Sundays only because we just don’t have enough
funding and staffing to be open seven days/week.
The shelter is also generally closed on the following holidays:
New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th
of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.
View Full Policies/Details For “Distant” Adopters Below...
Adopting a pet is a very personal event, which generally takes meeting the
potential animal in person. Our preference is for potential adopters to meet the
pet at our shelter or adoption location in person. And if you are looking for a
dog and already have one, we want you to bring your dog to meet its potential
playmate. Reality is that not all dogs get along, so better to find that out
before an adoption than after you bring a new pet home. Besides, having the two
dogs meet on the neutral territory of our play yard is a much better way for
them to meet so your dog doesn’t feel as threatened by an “intruder’ to its
But we have done many very successful adoptions to families in other states and
have pets in wonderful homes all the way from California to Connecticut, Florida
to Oregon and all places in between.
If you are not local to our shelter and interested in one of our pets, here are
some wickets we need you to go through to get to the point of adoption:
- Email or call us to let us know which pet you are interested in. Fill out
and send us the Adoption Application above and feel free to add as much info as
you want so that we will have a clear understanding as to how the pet will live
(in or out, pet alone all day or with family members, etc)), what other pets you
have, whether your pets are spayed/neutered and current on their immunizations
and heartworm preventive, what type fencing you have, children in your household
or who visit routinely, etc. - - Feel free to bury us in information about you,
your family, your living situation, your pets, etc. More info is always better
than too little.
- We will need your complete name, address and phone number and the name of your
veterinarian with their phone number for a reference as we will call.
- We will need you to be o’k with a possible home check and work those with
rescue or shelter organizations in your area to do those.
So now we are at the point where we have all agreed that you will be a great
home for one of our pets, what next?
Actual Adoption - We can do the adoption telephonically and you can make the
payment using a credit card (Master Card, VISA or Discover). While the basic
adoption fee is $90 for dogs and $70 for cats, shipping a pet to a
new home across the county will entail more costs. At a minimum we will need to
add $10 for a rabies vaccination (we have to take the pet to a local vet for
this) and $25 for a health certificate (required for pets going to other states
and must also be done by a licensed veterinarian). More than likely you will
need to add another $10 to cover the cost of a collar and leash for your pet and
anywhere from $30-$200 for a crate depending on the size of the pet and if you
choose to have us purchase the crate on our end. And last, it is generally
volunteers who drive the pets to the airports which is a four hour round-trip,
so in this day and age of such high gas prices we need to add another $5 to
cover their gas/vehicle use and expenses.
Transport – This goes hand in hand with the adoption so you know if you truly
want to go through with the adoption and so we know you are prepared for the
costs of getting the pet to you since the costs and making all the arrangements
must be done by the adopter. Working the transportation piece is primarily the
adopter’s responsibility. The most efficient method will generally be to move
the pet by commercial airlines (for us either the Birmingham or Atlanta
airports), but ground transport is another possibility and you can, of course,
drive to us to pick up your pet (which potentially alleviates many charges). The
adopter is responsible for contacting the airlines and making the arrangements,
but must also talk to us to make sure we can work getting the pet to the airline
from our end. Travel time from our shelter to the Atlanta airport is three hours
(accounting for the time change as we are in the Central Time Zone and
Atlanta is in the Eastern Time Zone) and to the Birmingham airport is two
hours and don’t forget that pets generally have to be to the cargo department
two hours prior to the flight. Please don’t set up a departure time that
necessitates someone from our end having to depart their home at 2-3 am. Within
reason, and our ability with staff or a volunteer, we will be happy to
facilitate linking the pet up with a transport or even getting it to an airport.
Here are a couple of cautions on air transport: as airlines have found that the
intrinsic value of our pets has significantly increased, most have tightened
their shipment rules to protect the pets. Most airlines will NOT ship a pet if
the air temperature on the ground anywhere along the route is over 80 or 85
degrees Fahrenheit which means shipping a pet from our area of the country
during the summer is going to be a challenge unless they offer evening cargo
flights. Some airlines also restrict shipment of certain breeds, so you will
need to check out each airline’s rules. The American Kennel Club has compiled
some great information on the airlines and pet shipment which you can access at
this web link
Besides the shipment cost to the airlines, one other cost you will probably need
to plan for is for an airline certified crate large enough for your pet. It is
generally cheaper to pay us for the cost of the crate (we will go purchase it
for you and provide you a receipt) than to ‘rent’ one from the airline (and not
sure all airlines even do rent crates). This crate will then be yours when your
pet arrives so your pet can be transported from the airport to your home safely
and then the crate is yours for crate training, transport, etc.
As a recap, here is an example of the costs you might incur to ship a dog in the
U.S. via an airline:
Dog Adoption Fee $100
Health Certificate $25
Collar & Leash $10
Crate anywhere from $30 - $200 (depending
dog size for airline approved crate)
Gas/Vehicle Expense $75 (for
volunteer driving pet to airport)
Total paid to our shelter – anywhere from $240
Airline Shipping Cost
$250-$750 Paid to airlines
With effort and planning it is entirely possible to adopt a pet from afar.
Please just be prepared for the process and lots of back and forth
communication. We will call you when the pet is safely in the control of the
airlines personnel and ask that you contact us when your pet has safely arrived
so we can all breathe a bit better knowing that your pet is with you safe and
Hope this has helped and we look forward to placing our pets in loving and
lifetime homes no matter where they are located.
Horse Adoption Rules/Application:
In general, horses
held by the Humane Society of Elmore County will NOT be at our shelter location
but in a foster stable situation. This means adoptable horses are available for
viewing by appointment only.
You can fill out an
and submit it via
email or snail mail. We’ll contact you to schedule a phone interview. If it
appears we have a horse or other animal that would be a good match for you,
we’ll happily schedule a convenient time for the two of you to meet.
We will make every
effort to match you with the animal you want to adopt, but here are some things
we’ll ask you to agree to before the process can begin:
- You will not
sell the animal for slaughter.
- You will not
use it for breeding purposes.
- You will not
use it for racing or rodeo.
- You will
permit us to visit the facility where the animal will be maintained.
We promise to
represent our animals honestly, based on what we know of their past
circumstances, what we observe, and what we are able to accomplish while they
are in our care. However, we can make no guarantees as to any animal’s future
health or behavior. We will ask that you sign a waiver to that effect.
We are available to
provide assistance or advice about any animal you adopt. But please understand
that, once ownership is transferred, the adoption is final. If you find yourself
unable to provide appropriate care, we’ll be glad to discuss your options with
Note that male
animals, except for those that are medically unfit for the procedure, will be
gelded (neutered) prior to adoption.
Adoption fees range
from $100 to $1,000.
Adoption Fees Located Here