Post-adoption medical care

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. 

Activate your free, 30-day trial of pet insurance

New adopters receive a complimentary 30-day trial 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-day trial 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

Spay/neuter surgery

All pets, 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.

Free veterinary examination

Many local veterinarians offer a free examination within 14 days after the adoption date. 

Wondering where to take your pet for for regular check-ups? Get tips on finding the right vet.

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.

Once your adoption is finalized, you will be responsible for all medical bills and decisions regarding your pet. However, if a new health problem (not noted at the time of adoption) develops within 14 days after adoption, we can provide up to 30 days of oral or topical medication with a prescription from your veterinarian. 

You must take your pet to an outside veterinarian for an examination. Many local veterinarians offer a free examination within 14 days after the adoption date. If your pet is diagnosed with a new condition, your veterinarian can call or fax the prescription to AHS to be filled. 

If you agree to diagnostics or treatment recommended by your veterinarian, or you obtain medications from your veterinarian, it will be at your own expense. AHS will not reimburse you or your veterinarian for medical expenses you may incur. 

Our staff are available to provide medications prescribed by your veterinarian between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekends. If you need a prescription outside these hours, please call the Pet Helpline at 952-HELP-PET.

If you cannot afford treatment, you can return the animal within the 60-day trial period for an adoption credit.

We recommend that you keep your newly adopted pet isolated from other pets until your veterinarian confirms its health. We are unable to treat resident pets who have been exposed to illness from your newly adopted pet.

If you have questions about post-adoption care, please call the Pet Helpline at 952-HELP-PET.

Home healthcare

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!

Microchip and nail clinics

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.

Learn more about registering or updating your pet's microchip.

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