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Before You Adopt. . .Adopting a pet can be a great experience for you and your family. A new pet can instantly warm your heart as they join your family. A new pet can also be a challenge if you have not considered all the factors before you adopt. Before you make the decision, be sure to think about this:
Why do you want a pet? It’s important to consider this question before you adopt. Your pet will be with you for years to come, so you should make sure you are adopting for the right reasons.
Can you afford a pet? Are you prepared to spend $400 to $700 a year on food, medical care, training classes, toys and more?
Do you have time for a pet? Taking care of a pet can be time-consuming. Pets require food, water, exercise, care and companionship every day.
Does your housing allow pets? Many apartments and other rental communities have restrictions or don’t allow pets at all. Check with them before you visit us.
Are you ready to take care of your pet their entire lifetime? When you chose to adopt a pet, you are committing yourself to the pet for the rest of their lives. Taking care of a pet requires a responsible owner. A pet needs constant love and attention, just as humans do. That said, adopting a pet can be a very rewarding experience when you and your pet create a true, loving bond that will last a lifetime.
Adoption Fees Include:
Picking Up Your New Pet:
- All adoption applicants must be at least 21 years old and provide a valid driver’s license
- Animals presently in the applicant/adopter’s home must be spayed or neutered.
- Renters will be required to provide contact name and phone number of landlord upon completion of the adoption application. PHS will contact landlord to verify pet policy and payment of pet deposit prior to adoption.
- Portsmouth Humane Society recommends that cats be kept indoors for their safety.
- Virginia law requires that you provide adequate shelter, veterinary care and daily food and water for a domestic animal. It also states that all cats and dogs released from adoption agencies must be spayed and neutered.
- Portsmouth Humane Society reserves the right to decline any adoption application.
The “Pets for Seniors” program encourages animal interactions with senior citizens and offers a reduced adoption fee for senior citizens 65 years of age or older.
Owning and handling animals help senior citizen live longer, healthier and more enjoyable lives. Studies show that contact with animals may lower one’s blood pressure, decrease stress levels, lower cholesterol levels and increase blood circulation.
Are you a veteran, wounded warrior or service member? Adopt a shelter pet through Pets for Patriots! They connect adult shelter pets with U.S. veterans, wounded warriors and service members and provides access to ongoing, reduced cost veterinary care and direct financial assistance to help veterans more easily afford pet food, supplies, toys and other basics.