Adopting a pet is an exciting and rewarding experience for all those involved in the process: for the members of the household and for the companion who will share the rest of its life with them.
Assuming responsibility for another creature is also a serious commitment, not to be entered into lightly. We at the shelter are the first to embrace your decision to take one of our animals home with you, and we are here to answer your questions and give you as much information upfront as possible so that the transition is as smooth and stress-free as it can be. Your home should become your new pet’s forever home.
Many adopters will be quick to tell you that a rescued dog or cat is the best companion they have ever had—that it seems to know it has been given a new start for a happy life. While we can’t prove this scientifically, we do agree with them!
Whether this is your first dog, your sixth rabbit, or your tenth cat, let us help you make it a positive, permanent partnership!
In order to process you adoption application, you will need to provide the following, so please bring these with you to the shelter:
• two personal references
• your veterinarian’s phone number, if you currently own or previously owned animals
• your landlord’s phone number, if you rent your residence
If you currently have a dog(s) and are looking to adopt another, we will schedule a time for you to bring your current pet(s) for a meet-and-greet with your new, adopted dog.
Keep in mind that you may not find the perfect pet for you on your first visit. Take your time, be patient, and don’t panic! The right dog for you is out there, and our Adoption Staff wants to help you find it. There are always animals waiting to come into our shelter, and as soon as a lucky dog or cat leaves the shelter for its new home, we bring in one of these that is on stand-by—and one of them just might be the ideal match for you. You can always fill out a “Special Request Card” with your preference and leave it with one of our Adoption Counselors in case that certain pet comes to us, but to be up-to-date on what animals we have available, be sure to keep an eye on our website and visit us weekly. You can also check in with us by calling (518) 828-6044 or by emailing [email protected].
The fees for adopting animals at The Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA help us provide medical care, food, and shelter for the animals in our care. We never euthanize animals for space constraints; adoptable dogs and cats stay with us as long as it takes to find their forever homes.