Adoption Process

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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.  We are making gradual changes to accommodate more adopters while still maintaining safety protocols here at OAHS. The health of our staff, volunteers and guests remains our top priority. 

We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate this uncharted path together.  

There is a separate process for cat/small mammal adoptions and dog adoptions due to the fact that cats are housed in multiple areas throughout the building and dogs are in a smaller, designated kennel area. 

If you have animals of the same species in your home as the one you are applying for, please call your veterinarian to release the veterinary records to OAHS.  Doing so will make the process much faster and more efficient. 

For Dog Adoptions:

        1. Dog adoption visits remain by appointment only.  Persons interested should fill out an application found HERE or pick one up at the shelter. 
        2. The first step is to fill out and submit a dog adoption application (link below)  (Applications can also be picked up at the shelter). 
        3. Only those who have submitted or have filled out an adoption application and have an appointment will be allowed inside the building. 
        4. Once your application is received and processed a dog adoption counselor will contact you to schedule a time to visit.  
          Only scheduled visitors for dog adoptions will be allowed in the building.
        5. Our front doors will remain locked and prospective adopters will be let in by staff only.  We are requesting all prospective adopters to respect 6-foot-social distancing and wear a protective face mask.  If you do not have a mask, OAHS can provide a sterile mask during your visit.

ADOPTION PROCESS for CATS & SMALL MAMMALS as of June 02, 2020

        1. Prospective adopters may stop in anytime between 1 pm and 5 pm Tuesday - Friday or 10 am to 2 pm Saturday to view cats or small mammals.
        2. Prospective adopters will fill out an application once they have visited with the pet they wish to apply for. 
        3. Then their application will be processed and if approved a zoom adoption session will be scheduled and a pick up time.
        4. No more than 10 prospective cat or small mammals adopters will be allowed in the building at one time. You may have to wait in your car until space is available.
        5. You may call (920) 303-3166 to schedule a specific time to visit if you would like to avoid the possibility of having to wait. We cannot guarantee same day appointments.
        6. If you have a family of 4 or more: please first call (920) 303-3166 to schedule a time to come in so we can accommodate a larger group.
        7. Our front doors will remain locked and prospective adopters will be let in by staff only.  We are requesting all prospective adopters to respect 6-foot-social distancing and wear a protective face mask.  If you do not have a mask, OAHS can provide a sterile mask during your visit.

 

Online Applications:


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