Thank you for your interest in adopting an animal from CSHS!

Making the decision to welcome a rescued pet into your home is very exciting and rewarding! Before you take the plunge, we recommend reviewing the following guidelines to make sure the pet you are looking for is the right fit for your family!

  • Are you a marathon runner or a couch potato? Do you like adventure or do you like to stay close to home? Keep in mind the energy and activity level of your family when you are reading bios for available animals. ALL of our animals are adorable! But picking a pet that will be a good fit for your lifestyle is one of the best ways to ensure that your pet will be your companion for life! (No promises that you can train them to play video games. But pets can be great at “Netflix and Chill”!)

  • Do you have limitless patience? Willing to spend the time and expense on training? If you answered “no” to one or more of those questions, that’s OKAY! But depending on your available time and resources, it’s possible that a young puppy might not be the best fit for your home. Once your adoption application is approved, our Adoption Coordinators can help you find a pet that that will settle in to your home as smoothly as possible.

  • Do you rent or own? Is it always helpful to check in to your rental agreement if you are interested in adopting. It also may be beneficial to consider possible future moves before adoption. Some rental properties do not allow certain breeds of dogs, and others want you to declaw your cats (boo!). Thinking a few steps ahead might help you determine what type of animal is best in your current (and future) home.

  • Is everyone in the house on board with adopting a pet? This is a tough one! It is best for the animal and for adopters if everyone is excited about welcoming a new animal into the home. We understand that your teenagers might not be thrilled to scoop the litter box, but setting clear expectations, planning for “what if’s”, and getting buy-in will help make the adoption transition painless!

Come to Pet Adoption Days!

Okay! You’re ready to adopt a pet! You can start by reviewing our available cats and dogs. Or maybe you’d like to stop by in person? There are several ways you can meet our available animals:

  • Join us for Pet Adoption Day events and meet our available animals and their foster parents!

  • Visit our Cat Adoption Center! We have cat adoption hours Tuesday and Friday from 4-7pm, and Saturday from 12pm-3pm.

  • Apply online! Choose the dog or cat you are interested in adopting, and follow the link in their bio to complete your application!

What is the adoption process like?

Once you decide on a pet that you are interested in adopting, fill out your adoption application. Keep in mind that some animals may receive several applications and we do consider applications in the order they were received in our system. We call this “First Come, First Considered”.

Our adoption advocates will contact you within 2 business days to schedule a phone interview. If you are approved to adopt, the adoption advocate will forward your approved application to the foster home, Cat Adoption Center, or retail partner location. If you have not met the pet, we will schedule a “meet and greet”. CSHS will conduct same day adoptions whenever possible. Some exceptions may apply to this.

What are your adoption fees?

Adoption fees may vary – the animals will have their adoption fee posted on their page. In addition to the adoption fee posted, Minnesota state sales tax will be collected. For your security and ours, only debit and credit card payments will be accepted for adoption fees. 

What is included in the adoption fee?

CSHS animals are brought up to date on the following preventative care before adoptions are finalized (as age appropriate):

  • Intake exam (includes Capstar, Frontline, Heartguard, Panacur, and other preventatives as needed)

  • Rabies Vaccination

  • Spayed/Neutered

  • Dogs:

    • DHPP/DHLPP vaccine (Distemper/Hepatitis/Leptospirosis/Parainfluenza/Parvovirus)

    • Bordetella vaccine

    • 4DX snap test (Heartworm/Lyme/Ehrlichia/Anaplasma) 

  • Cats:

    • PRCC/FVRCP vaccine (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis/Calicivirus/Panleukopenia/Chlamydia Psittacli) 

    • FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)/FeLV (Feline Leukemia) test for cats

  • FoundAnimals Microchip (automatically registered to new adopters)

In addition to our standard schedule of care, sometimes our animals require additional medical attention. This could include dental work, urinalysis, fecal exams, heartworm treatment, skin scrapes, and occasionally emergency medical treatment. All veterinary services received by your new pet will be shared with you before the adoption is finalized, and you will receive copies of your pet’s veterinary records upon adoption.