Adoption Information

Are you considering adopting one of our homeless animals? Animals become available every day that would make wonderful pets for any family or inidividual. By adopting a pet, you not only save an animal… you gain a friend for life.

To begin the evaluation process for adoption, first be sure to carefully read the Adoption Regulations as well as the Risks/Responsibilities in adopting an animal from us (click on links above).

BEFORE CONTACTING US ABOUT AN ANIMAL, PLEASE SUBMIT AN ON-LINE ADOPTION APPLICATION. This is the first step in determining if this is the right pet to add to your family. Please note that when you click on the link for the adoption application, you will be prompted to register at the website.

Once your completed application has been received and reviewed, you will be contacted by one of our adoption counselors. Please be patient as this procedure may take several days to complete.

We choose not to adopt to homes where more animals are being generated through breeding. Every dog or cat added to the animal population takes away one place for a homeless animal. Breeding is at cross purposes with our goal of reducing the number of animals euthanized in our country.

HSCC reserves the right to refuse adoption to any home that does not share our vision for the animals in our care. The final decision in approving or denying your adoption application will be based on the best match for both animal and family in the opinion of our adoption counselors. We are searching for a healthy, happy and long-term home for our animals with responsible caregivers who will make this pet part of their family.

A home visit is sometimes required before final approval for adoption. If a home visit is required, a volunteer in your area will contact you and arrange to briefly visit with all the members of your household and to evaluate if your home and yard will be suitable for the dog for which you have applied.

Before any animal leaves our humane society, the animal must be spay or neutered. This means that puppies and kittens must be at least nine to ten weeks old to be sterilized, and weigh at least two to three pounds.  We feel it is in the best interest of our babies to have at least two puppy shots done and to be slightly older before surgery. Puppies and kittens under eight or nine weeks of age are not available for adoption and are listed on the website to help find preadoptive homes or rescue groups who may be willing to take them in.

You may apply to adopt a puppy before it reaches eight or nine weeks of age… but please realize that if we find a rescue organization who is willing to accept the litter before that time, we may need to transfer them and the adoption will not take place.

PLEASE NOTE: Puppies under 12 weeks of age and small-breed dogs will not be adopted to families with children under the age of 6 for safety reasons.

We do allow out-of-area and out-of-state adoptions. However, we do not ship animals. Usually if an out-of-area or out-of-state family is approved for adoption, they arrange to drive here to central Virginia (Lynchburg area) to pick their new pet up. Sometimes we can also arrange to give the animal on a rescue transport heading north… so the driving distance may be a bit less.

Once you have reviewed all the information for adopters in the links above, please complete an on-line adoption application.