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 shelter).
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.
Heartworm Positive Dogs:
For Adopters willing to adopt and treat a dog that has heartworms at their expense. We will first ask you to fill out our Adoption Application like all adopters. Once approved and if you are willing to treat the dog in question for heartworms you will pay our normal adoption fee of $100. But once we verify with your Veterinarian the completion of the treatment, we will refund our $100 adoption fee to help you with the costs you have incurred and in tremendous appreciation that you were able and willing to undertake that expense and effort to save a life.
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
- 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.
Actual Adoption - We can do the adoption telephonically and you can make the payment using a credit card on our website or over the phone. You will pay our normal adoption fee (http://www.elmorehumane.org/fees.htm) but shipping a pet to a new home across the county will entail quite a few more costs. Add $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 $15 to cover the cost of a collar and leash for your pet and anywhere from $60-$250 for a crate depending on the size of the pet. To get the pet to the airport means a two hour drive for either a volunteer or staff so that necessitates covering mileage at a cost of $170 (based on 2016 mileage rate of .54/mile).
Fees paid to our SHELTER:
Dog Adoption Fee $100
So you could be looking at a total cost of anywhere from $620 - $1310 NOT counting your own travel costs on your end.
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 adoption application 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:
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 you.
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.