Care your pet received at Animal Humane Society
All birds and small mammals are given a general physical examination. Additionally, every single dog, cat, rabbit, and ferret that leaves our doors is spayed or neutered. 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 new pet 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 healthcare 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!
Microchips provide permanent, positive identification should your pet become lost. A microchip is a tiny computer chip housed in a type of glass made to be compatible with living tissue. About the size of a grain of rice, the microchip is implanted between the pet's shoulder blades under the skin. Once in place, the microchip can be detected immediately with a handheld device that uses radio waves to read the chip. This device scans the microchip, and then displays a unique alphanumeric code. This code is registered in the owner’s name with the microchip company/registry.
Shelters, animal control agencies, and most veterinary clinics are equipped with scanners that can read the microchip code. The registry is called to retrieve your contact information. Then you can be contacted to inform you your pet has been found. The registration can be updated easily with a phone call or, with some registries, online. Keeping the registration current is vital to insure recovery should your pet go missing.
We encourage you to make an informed decision about whether or not to microchip your pet in consultation with your veterinarian, based on an evaluation of your lifestyle and the needs of your pet. A free consultation with participating veterinarians is included with every adoption.