Prepare to Adopt

So, you are finally ready to adopt a pet – great! What should you expect from the adoption process? We have some of your frequently asked questions answered.

What should potential adopters consider before adopting a pet at HSN?

We are here to find the best match possible between adopters and the animals in our care. Keep in mind that a pet’s personality is way more important than its looks. It’s best to try to find a pet that will fit into your lifestyle. If you run five miles a day, then that younger Lab mix might be a great match. If you are a couch potato, the older cat could be a great Netflix binging companion.

How long does the adoption process take?

We say that it’s best to allocate at least 30 – 45 minutes for the counseling process. It can take longer if you need to schedule a meet-and-greet with your current pet(s). All animals adopted from Humane Society Naples are spayed or neutered before adoption, so they will go home with you the same day!

What if there is a waitlist for the animal I want to adopt?

Sometimes we have new arrivals that are very popular, so we will create a waitlist of interested adopters. Instead of placing all your hopes on that one pet, our advice is to look around for an animal that is currently available for adoption. They are just as likely to be great pets in your home! If you are sure that the pet with the waitlist is the one you can’t live without, call the adoptions office on the day the animal is available for adoption and be prepared to come to the shelter on that day.

What is included in my adoption?

• Spay/neuter surgery
• Age appropriate vaccinations
• Registered microchip
• Starter bag of Hill’s Science Diet food
• Special adopter discounts on pet boarding and dog training

Would a rabbit be a good fit for my family?

At Humane Society Naples alone, we received over of 40 rabbits at the shelter last year. Although a rabbit can make a fantastic pet, it is important that people consider their expectations of having a rabbit and do proper research before making such a big commitment.

Success Stories

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