Adoption Process

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:

  • 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