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Hornell Area Humane Society

7649 Industrial Park Road
Hornell, NY 14843

Adoption Policy


When it’s time to bring home your new friend from HAHS, you’ll be surprised how far your adoption fee goes! The fee you’ll pay to adopt a pet includes these important benefits:

- Age appropriate vaccinations to keep your pet healthy, including distemper, and a rabies vaccination for animals older than 3 months
- Deworming medication
- Testing for feline leukemia and feline aids
-Testing for Heartworm (dogs)
- Flea treatment
- A microchip implant
- Spay/neuter surgery
- A certificate for a free office visit with a participating veterinarian
- A sample of food


When you adopt from HAHS and pay an adoption fee (which reflects only a portion of our investment in your new pet), you help us continue to care for the homeless animals in our community and make sure they are safe, protected, and loved.

The following fees apply to animal adoptions

DOGS -- $200
PUPPIES -- $300

CATS -- $100
KITTENS -- $150

The Adoption Process in Detail:

Step 1.
Submit Application:

We are currently operating by appointment only to those with pre approved applications on file (applications are valid for 6 months once approved). Adoption applications can be found on our website:

If you are interested in adopting a dog you will need to complete a pup partners questionnaire along with your application. What's PupPartners? Pup partners is our new match making program based on the behavioral assessments of our dogs. This ensures you will be paired with a dog who is an appropriate match for your household.

Once the application is completed please submit it via email, fax, or mail. All of our information is listed at the top of the application.

Step 2.
Approve Application

Once we receive your application we can begin the approval process. To help speed up the process, please let your references, and landlord know to expect our call. Please call your vet and give them consent for us to access your vet records as well.

** We try our best to process applications as quickly and efficiently as possible. Please be patient while we process your application as it may take anywhere between 1-7 business days or more depending on the number of applications we receive, and how quickly your personal references, veterinarian, landlord, etc. are able to be reached. **

** Please note: often times we do receive multiple applications on one animal (kittens/puppies primarily). When this happens, we will process each application, then choose the home we feel is the most appropriate fit based on the animals needs. If we have multiple homes that are equally fit, we will then honor first come, first serve to those approved applicants. If you are not chosen for the animal you submitted your application on, it will be kept on file for 6 months and can go towards another pet within that time that is an appropriate fit for your home.**

Step 3.
Meet the animal

Once you’ve been approved to adopt, you’ll receive a call to schedule a meet and greet with the animal your interested in or our other available animals.

If your meet and greet goes well, you will then pay an adoption fee — and in most cases you can bring home your new family member right away!

In some cases, the animal may be required to stay at our shelter just a little bit longer, such as if they are on special medications, or are not quite ready to go to their new homes. Some animals may be sent out on foster to adopt with their new owners. Typically this is done when an animal still needs to be spayed/ neutered, or if you want to make sure the animal is going to be a perfect fit before finalizing the adoption (two week trial period,usually done if there are other animals or children in the home).

If the animal you are approved for is not yet spayed/neutered, then foster to adopt is required. The animal still remains the legal property of HAHS during that time and will be required to return to our facility for all medical needs (vaccinations, dewormings, spay/neuter, etc). The number of times you will be required to bring your new pet back to us during foster to adopt will typically be between 2 and 4 visits depending on the animals age and their medical needs.

Once the animal is old enough to be spayed/neutered they will be scheduled on our next available surgery date and will need to return to the shelter for their procedure. As soon as they are spayed/neutered, their adoption would then be finalized and the new owner will take them to their personal vet from their on out.

Congratulations! Fido or Fluffy is officially yours!

If you have any questions regarding the adoption process please give us a call at 607-324-1270.

Thank you for choosing to adopt!

  • day hours
    Monday Closed
    Tuesday 12 pm - 6 pm
    Wednesday 12 pm - 5 pm
    Thursday 12 pm - 5 pm
    Friday 12 pm - 5 pm
    Saturday 12 pm - 5 pm
    Sunday Closed
    By appointment only

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