Adopt

Adopting not only gives your new cat or dog a new lease on life, but it enriches your life as well. There are so many amazing pets out there who simply haven’t been given a chance to show their greatness. You give them that chance to shine.

Dogs

Adoption fees:
$200 –  Adult dogs and puppies

Healthcare Package:

  • Spay/Neuter
  • Heartworm testing (if over 6 months old)
  • Current on heartworm preventative (if over 6 months old)
  • DHLPP (distemper) vaccination
  • Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccination)
  • Rabies vaccination (if over 4 months old)
  • Deworming
  • Flea treatment
  • Physical exam by a licensed veterinarian
  • Microchip with Lifetime Registration through HomeAgain
  • 2–week health guarantee
  • Lifetime return guarantee
  • Lifetime behavioral support

We make every effort to temperament test our adult dogs and expose them to a variety of situations, people and pets before adoption. Potential adopters will be notified of any possible issues. Depending on the length of time a dog has been with us, they may also be housebroken and/or obedience trained. Ask your adoption counselor about any training your dog has received.

 

Cats

Adoption fees:
$70 –  Kittens under 6 months old
$50 –  Kittens over 6 months old and Adult Cats

Healthcare Package:

  • Spay/Neuter
  • FeLV/FIV testing –  all cats are negative
  • FVRCP vaccination
  • Rabies vaccination (if over 4 months old)
  • Deworming
  • Flea treatment
  • Physical exam by a licensed veterinarian
  • Microchip with Lifetime Registration through HomeAgain
  • 2–week health guarantee
  • Lifetime return guarantee
  • Lifetime behavioral support

All of our cats are litterbox trained. We also make an effort to expose them to many different situations, people and animals.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Adopting

 

What are the basic requirements to adopt?

All potential adopters must be at least 18 years of age. If the pet is intended for a child, the parent or guardian who resides in the house where the pet will be living must be present during the adoption.

Adopters must want this pet for themselves or someone else living in the household who is available to consent to the adoption.
Examples:

  • You cannot adopt a dog for your boyfriend who does not live with you because owning a pet is a huge responsibility that should never be a “surprise.”
  • If your grandmother would like a cat as company but is homebound, you can adopt for her, but she must be available by phone to consent to the adoption and confirm that she does actually want to adopt.

All potential adopters must either own their own home or be willing to submit their landlord’s information for approval prior to adoption. If your landlord is not available via phone to confirm that you are permitted to bring home a new pet on the day of the adoption, you can reserve an animal for up to 48 hours to give us time to contact your landlord.

How long does the adoption process take?

The length of the adoption process can vary, especially if a landlord check is necessary. Generally speaking, most people spend at least an hour visiting with the cats and dogs available for adoption before making their choice. At that point, paperwork can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. Most people are then able to take their new pet home the same day. So in short, please plan on spending at least 90 minutes to 2 hours at the shelter to adopt.

Is there anything I should bring with me?

If you have any children, especially young children, we do recommend visiting the shelter with them to see how they interact with the new pet. Remember, every pet and every person is unique. Even if a cat or dog was raised with children, that doesn’t mean they know your child, so its best for them to become acquainted.

All potential adopters are required to show photo ID with their current address listed. If you do not have your ID with you, you will be asked to return at a later time.

At this time, cash and check are the only forms of payment accepted at the shelter.

If you are planning to adopt a dog, bring a collar and leash with you, or a carrier for a small dog or puppy. If you are planning to adopt a cat or kitten, please bring a carrier with you. All dogs are required to leave with either a collar and leash or carrier. All cats are required to have a carrier before leaving.

Can I bring my current pet(s) to the shelter to interact with the new pet to make sure it will work out?

Absolutely! We welcome and encourage meet-n-greets. If possible, please call 330–397–8270 to let our volunteers know at least a day ahead of time that you are planning to bring your pet so we can make sure the room is free for your use.

The kitten or puppy I’m interested in isn’t spayed or neutered yet. Can I take them home now then return later to have the surgery done?

No, all kittens and puppies remain in foster care until their spay or neuter is complete. We are devoted to stopping the pet overpopulation and pre-adoption spay/neuter is an important part of this commitment. Although it may seem like an inconvenience, this is done in the best interests of your new pet.

Rest assured that we do have all spays and neuters completed as soon as it’s safely possible. Kittens are generally fixed at 10 weeks old or 2 pounds, 8 ounces in weight. Male puppies are neutered at approximately 8 weeks of age or as soon as the testicles drop. Female puppies are spayed between 8 and 12 weeks of age depending on the vet’s recommendation.

In order to ensure the health of your new puppy or kitten, our vet does keep them overnight for observation after surgery. They can then go home with their new adopters the day after surgery. All pickups are done at the shelter.

Adopters are required to put down at least a 50% deposit on the adoption fee in order to reserve their new pet. Please be sure to ask all questions and address any concerns you have with the Adoption Counselor before leaving a deposit because all deposits are nonrefundable. If you choose not to leave a deposit, we cannot guarantee your kitten or puppy will still be available.

I recently adopted and am worried something is wrong with my new pet. What should I do?

If you adopted your pet within the past 14 days, please call 330–397–8270 immediately to speak with a volunteer. If there is no answer, leave a message so we can return your call as quickly as possible. If your pet requires veterinary assistance, we will arrange an appointment with one of our preferred vets.

If your pet is still covered under the 2–week health guarantee, please do not go to your own veterinarian. In order for all costs to be covered by New Lease on Life, your pet must see one of our preferred vets, and the appointment must be arranged by New Lease on Life. If you choose to visit your own vet, New Lease on Life cannot reimburse any of the costs.

If your pet has been with you longer than 2 weeks, please visit your own veterinarian for assistance.

I adopted a few months ago and am having issues with my new dog. Is there someone I can call for advice?

Yes! You are always welcome to contact us any time at 330–397–8270 for help. We will advise you on behavior and care issues for the life of your pet.

I need to return a pet I adopted. Should I just show up?

Please call 330–397–8270 at least 24 hours in advance to schedule an appointment to return your pet. This allows us time to arrange for foster care and/or vet care if needed before your pet can go back up for adoption. The more notice you can give us the better. Please note that we cannot guarantee that space will be available within 24 hours. Your appointment may be up to a week after you call. If you arrive without an appointment, you may be asked to return at another time.