How to Adopt

Adoption is important to us! What is even more important is finding the best fit for our adoptable animals. We strive ourselves with finding that “best fit” – this is more important to our humane society then processing numbers. Our adoption goal is to match you with a forever companion that will fit your family and lifestyle.

We accept multiple application on an animal to find that perfect home. Our process is thorough but simple.

The 3 Steps to adoption:

  1. Take a look at our adoptable dogs and cats or visit one at our facility
  2. Fill out an adoption application (Adopt a Dog / Adopt a Cat / Adopt Other Pets)
  3. Once your application is processed, an FDLHS representative will contact you about your application.

You can help to expedite the application process by:

  1. Missing information results in wait time – Please fill out the application completely
  2. If you rent – let your landlord know to expect our call
  3. Let your references know to expect our call
  4. Have your vet prepared to release records of your current pets

Processing Timeline

Applications are processed as they are received – we do not adopt out on a first come first serve basis. Each application timeline is different depending on the time-frame we are able to get a hold of references, landlords, veterinarians, etc. If you have questions during this process please contact us.

Adoption investment

Prior to adoption animal receive

  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Age Appropriate Vaccinations
  • Microchipping

Dogs also receive:

  • Monthly preventative treatments (flea, tick, heartworm)
  • Heartworm test

Cats also receive:

  • FIV/FELV tests – on cats 3lbs +
  • Revolution for fleas, ticks, mites

Costs of a Free Pet

What are the Real Costs of a “Free” Pet?

The real costs are high! Before you take that “free” cat or dog as your new Forever Friend, have a quick look at the staggering facts below. Unfortunately, free cats and dogs can run pet owners anywhere from $200 to almost $500 – and that’s for a healthy pet! If you adopt from the Fond du Lac Humane Society, the adoption fee is a big savings over the free cat or dog.

Average Cost of a Free Dog is About $405

I’m free female for about $475

When you first get a dog, you have to take him or her in for numerous tests and vaccinations. For a male dog, it can cost pet owners around $300 and for female dogs over $400! Be informed before you “buy” your next free dog. Better yet, play it safe and adopt one. We do all the tests, spaying and neutering, and vaccinations for you – all included in our adoption fee.

Average Cost of a Free Cat is About $302

I’m free male for about $272

A free cat won’t cost you as much as a free dog, in most cases, but cats still have to undergo almost all of the same tests, procedures, and vaccinations. The costs for a free male cat are over $200 on average and over $300 for female cats! Be safe and assured that your cat is properly taken care of and ready for his or her new home. Adopt one of ours today; the tests, vaccinations, and spay/neuter are included in the adoption fee. If interested in adopting a pet, please fill out the appropriate adoption application below and drop it off at the Fond du Lac Humane Society. It can take up to 5 days to process adoption applications, but in the meantime you can start to meet new pets.