Adoption Process

Thank you for considering adoption to add a companion animal to your family!  

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For Adoption Fee information click HERE

Our adoption process has been modified to provide the best customer service to those wishing to adopt while also reducing stress on our animal guests.  Adoptions are not based on first-come-first-adopted but are based on matchmaking.  

For those with pets at home wishing to adopt: If you have animals of the same species in your home as the one you are applying for, please call your veterinarian to tell them to release the veterinary records to OAHS.  Doing so will make the process much faster and more efficient. 

In order to provide the best service we can, we're asking people to please only plan to stop in if you are truly interested in adopting. Those who want to spend time with animals for fun or simply to socialize with them are encouraged to join our volunteer program

Adopters are welcome:

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 1 pm to 6 pm

Saturdays: 11 am to 3 pm.

The doors are locked to ensure a staff person can assist each visitor.  PLEASE RING THE DOORBELL and a staff person will assist you.

Note: If you have children in your household please bring them along so we can ensure a child-friendly match. 

Cat & Small Mammal Adoptions - No Appointment Needed

  • Stop in during our adoption hours
  • Talk to an adoption counselor about what you're looking for in an animal companion so they can make suggestions for a purrfect match! 
  • Once you have decided on the animal(s) you wish to adopt, there is a simple one-page application. 
  • The application is processed in 1-2 business days.
  • If approved, your  adoption session will be scheduled and you can take your new pet(s) home immediately after. 

    For those wishing to adopt a kitten: We typically require all kittens have an age-appropriate buddy (around 2 years old or younger) at home.  This is for their mental, physical and developmental well being.  For more information on why two young cats are better than one, click HERE.  

Questions about the cat adoption process?  Call (920) 424-2128 ext. 3 then ext. 1 

Dog Adoptions -  Appointments Encouraged

By scheduling an appointment you can be assured you're getting the time you need to discuss what you're looking for so we can make a successful adoption match for your family. 

Note:  The dog kennel areas are not open to the public for viewing in order to reduce stress on our dog guests.  Please speak to a dog adoption counselor first about what qualities you are looking for in a dog and they will help make a match. 

  To make an appointment: 

  • Fill out and submit a DOG ADOPTION APPLICATION (you do not need to indicate a specific dog on the application). 
  • Once your application is received and processed (typically within 1-2 business days) a dog adoption counselor will contact you to schedule a time to visit and provide more information about available dogs.

Questions about the dog adoption process?  Call (920) 424-2128 ext. 3 then ext. 3 again.  

We ask ALL adopters be willing to do the following:

  • Talk to an adoptions counselor about your lifestyle and what characteristics you're looking for in a companion.
  • Spend quality time visiting with the pet you are thinking about adopting. 
  • Participate in a scheduled meet and greet for dogs and rabbit adopters if you already have a same-species pet at home. A meet and greet can help with a comfortable transition for all animals. 
  • Meet with an adoption specialist the day you bring your new companion home to review paperwork and sign adoption papers. OAHS expects dogs adopted will live inside the home with their families (exceptions may be made for barn cat placement).

All animals in the household of the same species as the one you are adopting should be spayed or neutered prior to bringing the new animal home due to hormone-induced behavior issues that may occur. Need to get your animal "fixed?" Ask about our low-cost spay/neuter options  or click here for more information.

Licensing and Vaccination Requirements in the City of Oshkosh:  Pet owners have the responsibility to provide pets a healthy, safe life. The City of Oshkosh has stipulated laws that govern the safety of pets and the safety of its citizens pertaining to potential animal concerns. For more information regarding the laws, licensing, rabies vaccination requirements and fees required by the City of Oshkosh visit their website HERE