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
  • DNA certificate (select puppies only)
  • 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.”

How long does the adoption process take?

The length of the adoption process can vary. In most cases, the adoption process takes about a week, but we CANNOT guarantee this timeframe because it largely depends on the information on your application. All applications must be filled out in person at the shelter. You cannot place any animal on hold online or over the phone. Please visit the shelter during adoption hours, Monday through Saturday 1pm to 7pm.

Once you have found a pet who seems like a good fit for your family, you will fill out an adoption application.
You will need your driver’s license, landlord’s name and number if you rent and your veterinarian’s name and number.

Once your application is complete, you will pay a $25 application fee. This will come off of your adoption fee.
It also places a temporary hold on the pet you have selected until we can complete your home visit.

Your application and home visit must both be approved AND the pet must be spayed or neutered before he/she is able to go home. A home visit is required, regardless of your distance from the shelter.

Can I bring children/other pets with me to visit prior to adoption?

Absolutely! 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, each pet and child is unique. Even if a cat or dog was raised with children, that doesn’t mean they know your child, so it’s best for them to become acquainted.

You are also welcome to bring your current dog or dogs with you. When you first arrive, please enter without the dog first to let us know that you are here with a dog. We can then direct you straight into the playroom to reduce stress on your pet.

We do not recommend bringing cats to the shelter to meet other cats or dogs. Cats generally do not enjoy travelling and will be too stressed out by the experience. It generally takes cats at least a week or two to adjust to a new family member.

Will I need any supplies when I come to pick up?

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.

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.

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.