Pet Adoption

Thank you for choosing to adopt your new four-legged family member from WHCS! It is our goal to help you find the right match…

Every pet adopted from WCHS comes with a lifetime promise. If, for any reason, you can no longer care for your pet, he or she is always welcome to come back to WCHS.

Adopters must be 18 years or older.

The Adoption Process

Finding the right pet for you

shawn 2You can see all the WCHS pets available for adoption either on our website in the Meet Our Animals section, or by visiting our facility in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Viewing pets at the shelter

bunny and kittenWe provide a friendly environment where you can visit your potential new pet. Staff and volunteers will work with you to find the right animal for your home and lifestyle. Plan to spend at least 30 minutes interacting with any pet you are considering adopting; feel free to ask questions about the pet’s health and temperament.

Other pets looking for homes in Windham County: Click here to visit our re-homing blog. These are animals that are currently in a home, but need to find a new home. When you take in one of these pets, you keep them from ever having to come into the shelter!

The adoption process

Come on down to our facility to meet animals and have a conversation with our staff. Yes, it’s that easy. Check out our Adoption Fees.

Keep an eye on our website

Cat on computerThe WCHS website is linked to our online database so it is always up to date.

Visit our Facility

PetWhen you see an animal on our website that looks right for you, come down for a face to face introduction! Our friendly, knowledgeable staff and volunteers will help you choose a pet that best matches your preferences and lifestyle.

Dog meets dog
If you are planning to adopt a dog AND you already have a dog in your home, we recommend that you schedule an introduction at the shelter prior to adoption.

Putting a pet “on hold”
You may place a “hold” on an animal available for adoption for 24 hours for a fee of $25.00. The hold fee is non-refundable and will be credited towards the total adoption fee. You must meet the animal in person before placing a hold on an animal.

Pre-adopting a pet
All WCHS animals are spayed/neutered prior to adoption. Adopters may “pre-adopt” an animal that has not yet had his/her surgery. The animal remains the property of the WCHS until s/he has been spayed/neutered, at which point the actual adoption is completed. The $50.00 pre-adoption fee is applied to the total adoption fee.

Sign the adoption agreement

Cat _Pick Me_Once you have found your match, we will sign an adoption agreement together and we will provide you with your new pet’s medical records, pet care information, one month’s free pet health insurance, a certificate for a free veterinary exam, and other goodies.

Take your pet home!

dog adopterCongratulations! You are now a proud pet owner – and you have done a wonderful thing by giving your pet a second chance at a happy life! We are available to make the transition go smoothly, so please don’t hesitate to call us with questions or concerns.

WCHS reserves the right to refuse to release any pet for adoption.