All dogs and cats are vaccinated and treated for parasites before they become available for adoption. Read more about what's included in your adoption fees for information about treatment in shelter.
At the time of adoption, you will receive paperwork detailing specific medical information about your new pet. The medical history report will list vaccinations, medications, and procedures your new pet has received during its stay at Animal Humane Society. You will also receive a Health Confirmation form which includes detailed information about post-adoption medical care.
Please consult your veterinarian regarding other veterinary procedures that may be needed. Follow-up treatment such as additional de-wormings and booster vaccinations are your responsibility and will be at your expense.
New adopters receive 30 days of pet insurance provided through PetFirst. No credit card is required to activate, and the policy will auto-cancel if not renewed. PetFirst's 30 days of pet insurance offers 100% reimbursement (up to two $500 incidents) after a $50 per-incident deductible. Pet owners may use any licensed veterinarian, emergency clinic, or specialist nationwide — just submit receipts for reimbursement. Learn more by calling 866-690-7387 or visiting petfirst.com.
All dogs, cats, rabbits, and ferrets will be sterilized prior to adoption.
If your recently adopted pet is experiencing post-surgical complications from sterilization surgery performed at AHS, please call our Pet Helpline at 952-HELP-PET for assistance. Our veterinary staff can assist with treatment for post-surgical complications or you can return the animal within the 60-day trial period for an adoption credit.
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 your pet has surgical sutures.
While our staff makes every effort to assess and accurately report the health of your new pet, specific symptoms can be especially difficult to detect in a shelter environment, or don’t present at all while an animal is in our care.
If you have questions about post-adoption care, please call the Pet Helpline at 952-HELP-PET.
Begin a routine of home healthcare right away. Grooming sessions are a perfect time to check your pet for fleas, ticks, rashes, cuts, lumps, and any other physical irregularities. 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 animals!
Increase your chances of being reunited with your animal friend by joining us at one of our Microchip and Nail Trim clinics. This convenient, low-cost event makes it easy for you to get your pet microchipped, and, if you choose, have his/her nails clipped too. Microchipping is $30 plus tax and nail trims are $15 plus tax. Anal gland expression is also offered at $20 plus tax. See the schedule or make an appointment.