Adoption Process

*Beginning March 18, 2020 OAHS will be accepting visitors by appointment only in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Your cooperation, patience and understanding are appreciated during this time.  

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Thank you for considering adoption to add a companion animal to your family!  Our goal is to match you with a companion that is a good fit for your family and lifestyle so it's a win-win for everyone.  

Starting March 18, 2020, adoption visits will be by appointment and only scheduled visitors will be allowed in the building. 

NEW ADOPTION PROCESS Effective March 24, 2020:

1Fill out an application first!  This allows us to get paperwork done right away - no need to indicate a particular animal if you are unsure.  *IF YOU HAVE ANIMALS OF THE SAME SPECIES AS THE ONE YOU ARE APPLYING FOR IN THE HOME, PLEASE CALL YOUR VETERINARIAN TO RELEASE VETERINARY RECORDS TO OAHS.  Doing so will make the process much faster and more efficient.  

Online Applications: Please print and fill out an application (plus survey if applying for a small mammal) then e-mail a picture or scan of the completed application it to either cat@oahs.org for cats/small mammals or dog@oahs.org for dogs.   

2. After your application is submitted and processed (can take up to 2 business days) an adoption counselor will contact you to answer any questions and schedule a time for you to come in.  Please have patience and understanding during this time as we try to respond to everyone as soon as possible.  Our staff is limited and most are also helping in other departments.  If you have submitted an application and haven't heard from someone in several days please call (920) 303-3166.  


Because adding a pet to your family is a big responsibility, 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. 
  • Complete a simple one-page adoption survey.  It can take 1-2 business days to process.  Adoption counselors will contact you if there are any problems or questions. 
  • For dog and rabbit adopters: Participate in a scheduled meet and greet if you have animals in your home and apply for an animal of the same species. A meet-and-greet can help with a comfortable transition for all animals. It is important to schedule the meet and greet ahead of time - please do not bring in your animal without an appointment as we have to be sure we have staff available to oversee the meeting.
  • Meet with an adoption specialist the day you bring your new companion home to review paperwork and sign adoption papers. 

Note: Adoptions are not first-come-first-serve but rather based on matchmaking. Same-day adoptions are typically not possible but if you are located such a distance outside of Oshkosh that makes more than one visit difficult please call 920.424.2128 for options.  OAHS expects animals adopted will live inside the home with their families (exceptions are made for cats in our barn program). 

* We encourage having existing animals in the household of the same species 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