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Policies, Available Pets & FAQ

Adoption Policies

  • You must be 21 years of age or older and present a valid photo ID.

  • The Humane Society of Kodiak may limit the number of animals that can be adopted at any one time, require certain animals to be adopted together, or require other restrictions regarding other pets or children. These restrictions are in place so we can give every shelter pet the best chance of success in a new home.

  • All adult dogs, cats and rabbits will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving the shelter.

  • All dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens, will receive a microchip implant prior to adoption. 

  • All current pets in the household MUST be spayed or neutered and current on vaccines.

  • If you already have a dog in your household, we must conduct a "meet & greet".

  • If you rent your residence, we will need the landlord's consent.

  • All dogs who are 6 months of age or older will be required to purchase a dog license.

  • Adoption of an animal is not on a first come, first served basis. We evaluate adoption applicants based on the animal’s needs.

  • NOTE: The Humane Society of Kodiak reserves the right to refuse any adoption.

  • Why do you ask so many questions?
    Think about why pets are surrendered in the first place. The top reasons that people give up their pets are: Moving Landlord will not allow Too many animals in household Cost of pet maintenance Owner having personal problems Have no time for pet Pet illness(es) Behavior (biting, bad habits, etc) Many pets are given up because their owners weren't prepared to invest the necessary time and money to care for a pet. In other cases, families and pets are mismatched. To help prevent such painful situations for both the pets and people involved, we carefully evaluate potential adopters in the hopes of avoiding these mismatched relationships.
  • Why can't I take a pet home today?
    We need a minimum of 24 hours, sometimes longer, to process your application. Your landlord and/or references are not home when we call, the pet you have chosen needs a vet appointment to be made current on vaccines or to spayed or neutered. We may also have several other applications to process as well as yours. We do our best to process your application as quickly as possible.
  • How much is the adoption fee and what is included?
    Adult dogs: $80 (includes required dog license) Adult Cats (1-7 yrs): $70 Senior Cats (8+): $40 Puppies & Kittens: $150 ​ All pets will be current on age and species-specific vaccines, de-wormed, microchipped, K9 or Feline dental (if vet deems necessary). All adopted pets less than 6 months will come with a coupon to cover the surgical cost of the spay or neuter and a 1-year Rabies vaccine.
  • What vaccines are included with my adopted pet?
    Dogs: DAAP which includes; distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. We also vaccinate our dogs with Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Lepto (Leptospirosis). Puppies will require booster vaccines, at owners expense, with your vet so they are fully protected. Cats: FVRCP which includes; feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. Kittens will require booster vaccines, at owners expense, with your vet so they are fully protected. All pets 16 weeks and older will be vaccinated against Rabies.
  • I'm not sure if the pet is a right fit for my family. Can I bring the pet back to the shelter?
    YES! We understand sometimes it doesn't work out, no matter how much you want it to or how much you try. We would rather you bring the pet back to us, instead of you keeping a pet that you know is just not the right fit. Adult pets can be returned for a refund, minus the license fee, if returned within 14 days of adoption. Puppies & kittens can returned within 30 days of adoption for a full refund.
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