Adopting a Pet

ADOPTING A PET FROM US:  HSDSC charges $100 for adoption of a dog and $65 for adoption of a cat.  The adoption fee includes a certificate to take $100 off the cost of the pet receiving one vaccination and being spayed or neutered.  (Hereford Veterinary Clinic will cover the entire cost of a Spay or Neuter.)  Please check with other Veterinary Clinics before a surgery appointment is made to find out if the Certificate will cover the entire cost.  Also, Vets usually require a pet to have had a Rabies Vaccination before surgery unless you have a certificate stating the pet has a current Rabies Vaccination.  We will make an appointment to either Hereford Vet or Hutto Vet. Hospital and deliver the animal to the Clinic or Hospital.  New owners should make arrangements with the Vet. to pick up their new pet and to make sure they understand any restrictions the pet has when he or she goes home.  Senior Citizens, sixty years old and older can adopt a pet for $65 and receive the same $90 value certificate.  Dogs in the Humane Society kennels have usually been started on vaccinations against Parvovirus, Distemper, and Bordatella.  They are also wormed.  This is done to lesson the chances of illness being transmitted between animals.  Rabies Vaccination is required by Texas Law to be done by a Veterinarian. (Puppies can require up to 4 vaccinations against Parvo/ Distemper given at 3 week intervals.  This is determined by the age of the puppy and the number of Parvo and Distemper cases in the area.)  We are a small group of volunteers and appointments are necessary to meet or adopt an animal.

GENERAL INFORMATION ON ADOPTION:  Even if your new pet has all it’s vaccinations and is Spayed or Neutered, it is a good idea to take it to your regular Vet for a well-visit.  It helps the staff get to know the pet and what it is like when it is feeling good.  A dog who is sick may be irritable but if the Vet is familiar with that dog, they realize the reason for the irritability.  This is also a good time to ask questions about your new pet such as what pet food the Vet recommends and how much to feed.  It is also a good idea to ask about Heartworm prevention.  Heartworms used to be unknown in our area but this is no longer the case.  Preventing is easier and cheaper that treating for this parasite, and the preventative medication has to be prescribed by a Vet.

Before bringing home your new friend, check your house and yard for anything that might be hazardous.  Petfinder has an extensive articles called “Dog Adoption Checklist” and “Cat Adoption Checklist”.  It is worth looking at these articles before you pick out your new pet.  We try to list breeds that we are reasonably sure can be found in your dog.  This gives you an opportunity to read up on those breeds and understand your dog better.  Sometimes we are wrong because some breeds are very similar in appearance.  Sometimes we don’t know and the dog may be listed as “mixed-breed”.  It’s another question to ask your Vet. although sometimes they don’t know either.

Read about Dog Breeds that you might be interested in.  The more you know about a breed the easier it will be to decide if it will fit in your lifestyle.  The more you know, the fewer surprises might be in store.  I especially like Animal Planets articles and videos but there are other good information sources.

Check into obedience training your new pet.  We have a whole page on the subject with some sources to look into.  A dog that you have some control over is more fun.  Once your dog learns simple commands, it becomes possible to teach more elaborate commands and tricks.

COLD WEATHER  Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep during cold periods.  When temperatures and wind chills are low, outside may not be suitable.  A kennel or crate big enough for the pet to stand up and turn around can allow the pet to be kept warm inside the house.  A well-behaved dog trained to be in the house may be happy in a dog bed.  One trainer I know does a lot of his off leash training during TV commercials.  Pets will also require water being available.  Snow is not a substitute for drinking water as it can drop the pet’s temperature and make them more susceptible to hypothermia.  Cold weather may cause your pet to require a little extra food.