Thank you for considering adoption for your next companion animal! When you adopt a pet, you save a life. Our goal is to find "forever" homes for our animals. Our trained staff wants to help you choose an animal to match your family and lifestyle so everyone is happy!

Questions? Call 920.424.2128

Note: OAHS asks potential adopters to please meet the pet they are interested in adopting before they fill out an adoption application. We currently can not take applications online.

Because adding a pet to your family is a big responsibility, we ask all adopters be willing to do the following:

  1. Spend quality time visiting with the pet you are thinking about adopting. All members of the household will be asked to visit with the pet before adopting.

  2. Meet with an adoption counselor regarding the pet you are interested in to learn more about their personality to insure it is a good match for the pet and your family.

  3. Complete a simple one-page application form. It can take 1-2 business days to process the application. Once it is processed you will be contacted.
  4. Comply with any requirements for the care of the pet, if any apply.

  5. Meet with an adoption specialist at the time of adoption.


Any existing animals in the household of the same species should be spayed or neutered prior to bringing the new animal home (exceptions for medical and/or other reasons may apply). Need to get your animal "fixed?" Ask about our low-cost spay/neuter transport program or click here for more information.

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Pet Safety and Owner Responsibility

  • Confine your pet within your premises except when attended to by some person and have that animal fastened securely to a suitable leash not more than six feet in length.
  • Prevent your pet from trespassing.
  • Immediately remove your pet's waste when excreted on property other than your own.
  • Prevent the accumulation of animal waste on your property.
  • Properly dispose of your pet's waste by either flushing, bagging and depositing it in the garbage, or burial.
  • Keep your pet quiet.
  • Immediately report all animal bites to the Oshkosh Police Department.
  • Always provide your pets with sufficient food and fresh water supply.
  • Always provide pets, inside or outdoors, with adequate shade and shelter.
  • Maintain pens and enclosures in a clean and sanitary condition.
  • Never abuse, abandon, or neglect any animal.
  • Never leave any animal enclosed or unattended in any type of vehicle where the air temperature inside and/or outside will cause the animal to be exposed to extreme weather conditions. On a warm day the temperature in a parked car can reach 160 degrees in a matter of minutes, even with partially opened windows. With only hot air to breathe, your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke.
  • Keep your dog from prohibited areas such as parks, beaches, cemeteries, golf courses, play grounds, or school grounds.