About the Adoption Process at ATNHS
The First Step
Before meeting our homeless pets, we require that an adoption application be filled out and approved. A volunteer will contact you.
By Appointment Only
In addition to the written application the adoption process includes an interview with one or more members of our Adoption Team. We check vet and personal references, and may visit your home. We ask that all members of the potential adoptive family, and any family dogs, come to visit with the the Adoption Team and with the dog they are considering adopting. Our goal is to make the first adoption the best and final adoption.
After Application Approval
We understand that it is hard to know how a pet will fit into the household just from seeing it at the shelter. If the pet does not work out, it may be returned within a week and the adoption fee will be refunded. After a week, the adoption fee will not be refunded. We will exchange one pet for a different one as another option.
About The Animals
The animals that come to the Above the Notch Humane Society are often strays or animals surrendered by owners who can no longer keep them for a variety of reasons. Some are brought in by animal control officers or are referred to the shelter due to abuse or neglect. Some animals are homeless due to the death of their owner.