Care your pet received at Animal Humane Society
All birds and small mammals are given a general physical examination. Additionally, every rabbit and ferret is spayed or neutered and microchipped for future identification. No vaccinations or diagnostic tests are performed on birds or small mammals.
Please consult your veterinarian regarding other veterinary procedures that may be needed. Follow-up treatments are your responsibility and will be at your expense.
If your pet was just sterilized
Animal Humane Society warrants that all dogs, cats and rabbits adopted from AHS will be sterilized and free from complications relating to the sterilization surgery. If your recently adopted cat is experiencing post-surgical complications from sterilization surgery performed at AHS or it is determined to have not been sterilized when adopted, please contact the Veterinary Services department at the location the pet was adopted. Our veterinary staff can assist with treatment for post-surgical complications, arrange for sterilization surgery at AHS or you can return the animal for a refund of the adoption fees.
Most animals do not have skin sutures from the sterilization surgery, but it’s possible your new pet may. Here's what you need to know if that's the case.
What if my new pet gets sick?
While our veterinary services staff makes every effort to assess and report the health of your new pet, Animal Humane Society is not a full-service veterinary hospital or clinic. Adopters should take their new pet to a veterinarian as soon as possible for an examination. Select local veterinarians participate in a program that offers a free examination within 14 days after the adoption date. Please note that not all clinics offer the free exam to rabbits, critters and birds. To avoid a charge, please check with the clinic prior to your appointment.
If a new health problem (not noted at the time of adoption) should present itself in your dog within 14 days after adoption, Animal Humane Society has a free treatment policy that provides oral or topical medication to help treat select conditions.
Find information on selecting the right veterinarian for you and your pet, low-income veterinary options and complimentary services available to new adopters through select partnering clinics.
Begin a routine of home health care right away. Grooming sessions are a perfect time to check your pet for fleas, ticks, rashes, cuts, lumps, and any other physical irregularities. Any changes in your pet’s behavior, appetite, or elimination habits may indicate a health problem. Always consult with a veterinarian if you notice a potential health problem or before proceeding with any new treatment. Never give any over-the-counter medication without first checking with your veterinarian. Human drugs can be fatal to dogs and cats!