Many people are surprised to find that adopting a pet is a more involved process than they anticipated. At the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri, our goal is to match potential adopters with a pet that is best suited to their home, interests and lifestyle. While we reserve the right to refuse an adoption, our staff makes every effort to work with potential adopters and help them find their perfect match here at our shelter. Please allow at least one hour for the adoption process.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t find the pet you are looking for on your first visit. Adoptable pets are dropped off at our shelter daily. Please keep visiting us and check our website regularly to find your new best friend!
Completed applications can be faxed, emailed or dropped off in person. We strongly recommend that all members of the household (including any dogs you own currently) meet the new pet prior to finalizing the adoption.
Once you have completed your application our front desk staff will verify all of your information. If applicable, a call will be placed to your land lord/rental company to confirm the pet policy. If there are currently other pets in the home, a call will be placed to their current vet for verification that the animal(s) are up to date on their rabies vaccine. When all information is verified, the dog or cat will be available to go home with you at the time of the adoption.
What You Need To Adopt:
Adopters must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid photo ID.
Vet records for all other pets in the home must be faxed, emailed, or present at the time of the adoption. Animals must be up to date on their rabies vaccine.
When taking a cat home from the shelter we ask that you bring, or are prepared to purchase a cat carrier. All cats leaving the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri must be in a cat carrier.
When taking a dog home from the shelter we ask that you bring, or are prepared to purchase a collar and leash.