ADOPTING A PET FROM HAWS
To start the adoption process, complete an application by visiting our shelter or by filing out the Adoption Application Form available below. An adoption counselor will review your application and work one-on-one with you to help ensure the pet you’ve chosen is right for you and that your relationship will be a successful one from the very beginning. You will also spend time interacting with available pets in one of our interview rooms.
- All adopters must be 18 years of age or older, should provide verifiable identification and be of sound mind and disposition at the time of adoption. Falsification or misrepresentation of the adoption application may cause an adoption to be denied.
- All adult residents in the home should be in agreement to add a pet to their household and understand that a child cannot be solely responsible for the care of a pet. It is recommended that all family members meet the pet prior to adoption when possible. While HAWS will occasionally make telephone verifications for consent to adopt, in most cases all members of the household must meet the pet face to face. Surprise or gift adoptions are not done.
- Certain pets may require a meeting with a trainer prior to adopting.
- Adopters should maintain a relationship with a community veterinarian, and demonstrate a willingness and ability to meet the social, training, health and exercise requirements of their desired pet.
- Though we wish to see all pets go to those interested, adoption may be declined if the pet’s needs do not coincide with the lifestyle of the family or individual.
- As we wish each pet to thrive in their new home, HAWS reserves the right to decline any adoption if it is not demonstrated to be in the best interest of the pet or family.
New companion animals become available for adoption daily, so visit our Pet Showcase on this website or stop by the shelter regularly. Adoptions are based on which home is best suited to the animal.
HAWS has been selected as a Wisconsin shelter partner for Companions for Heroes, an organization dedicated to alleviating the psychological suffering of our nation’s returning wounded warriors and first responders by facilitating their adoption of shelter animals. Capitalizing on the strong bond between people and animals, last-chance pets are connected with our nation’s heroes, providing a sense of purpose and fulfillment while minimizing stress, depression and feelings of loneliness and isolation through unconditional love and friendship.
“My shelter dog is the sole reason I am here today,” notes C4H founder David Sharpe, a U.S. Air Force veteran who was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression eight years after serving. “My dog has allowed me to grow close relationships with my family and friends. I believe other veterans can benefit from the same type of companionship.”
Those interested in adoption through the program should contact C4H Adoption representative David Jurado at firstname.lastname@example.org, or log on to www.CompanionsforHeroes.org for a qualifying application. They are then sent to HAWS to continue the adoption process with HAWS’ staff member Jessica.