Welcome to Hampshire County Animal Control!
We are not your typical Animal Control! Our group puts our dogs needs first above all else. We will always do whats in their best interest, not in the human's best interest.
We are a team of dedicated animal loving women changing the lives of our county's lost, forgotten, abused, and neglected dogs. We will do whatever it takes to ensure that the remainder of their lives will be spent loved, cared for, and happy. We screen every adopter and do several different checks. We reserve the right to deny ANY application at any time for any reason. We are here for the dogs above all else.
Their past will never haunt them again.
We are very rescue friendly and work side by side with all reputable foster home based rescues. We strive to save every dog that comes to our shelter.
Our adoption process is designed to identify the right PET for each adopter. All potential adopters:
1. MUST FILL OUT AN APPLICATION, which will be reviewed by the Director of Adoptions. We try to make the adoption process easy, clear, pleasant and fast. The questions on the application are not meant to be invasive but rather to help us determine if the pet will fit into your family so the adoption will be a permanent one.
** Please note - Staff members have the right at any time to decline an adoption, even after you have been approved. We also must adopt on a first come first to adopt basis, once approved. This is to minimize euthanizing and to make space for other homeless pets in our shelter and fosters homes.
2. After an adopter is approved for adoption, they will be required to SIGN A CONTRACT which covers basic care and responsible ownership terms. This contract will also require that the dog being adopted be spayed/ neutered within 30 days of adoption if not already done. This is REQUIRED BY LAW when adopting from an animal shelter and follow ups are made to be sure that it is done.
3. PAY AN ADOPTION FEE AND TAKE THEIR NEW PET HOME! Our fees for dogs are $125 when the dog has not been spayed/neutered and $225 if the dog has been spayed/neutered. These fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and include a donation towards the adoption program to help defray the costs associated with feeding, grooming, vaccinations, medications, housing, attending adoption events, spaying or neutering, and other necessary care. We depend on these fees and donations to cover these costs as we are a non-profit government organization.
Although adoption fees are needed to run our shelter, they also serve another purpose. The decision to get a pet should be made very carefully. Adopters need to be ready and willing to pay for necessary costs of owning an animal, such as veterinary care, licensing, food, and more. If an adoption fee causes the prospective pet owner concern, then he or she may not be prepared to make the financial commitment required of responsible pet owners. (HSUS).
4. Lastly, to finalize the adoption, the adopter is required to SPAY/NEUTER CERTIFICATE FROM THE VETS OFFICE FOR PROOF, that the dog they adopted was spayed or neutered within the 30 days after adoption or at 6 months of age for a puppy!
All dogs are vaccinated with Rabies, Distemper/Parvo (DHLPP) and, dewormed with Panacur or Pyrantyl, and treated with Frontline (flea and tick treatment if needed). This is done immediately upon intake unless unable due to illness or injury. In these instances they are provided vet care (when possible) or quarantine until they are healthy enough to be vaccinated. Our dogs are NOT seen by a vet before adoption. Puppies are quarantined for one week after arrival/vaccination before being posted for adoption availability and are placed in foster care immediately.
ATTENTION RESCUES: We are more than happy to work with rescues to find placements for our animals. However, heartworm testing and health certificates are not provided.
When possible, Shelter volunteers and staff evaluate each animal through regular interaction at the shelter or in foster care. This interaction gives us a better understanding of the animal's reaction to new situations and people thus allowing us to tell the potential adopter as much as possible about the animal. We can also advise the adopter if a specific animal will be suitable for the adopter's family. Animals are social creatures that thrive when they are treated as part of the adopting family and they should have access to the same indoor living quarters as their caretakers.
We adopt to the nearby West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania regions. We do not ship any animals; Adopters must be willing to come meet their new pets!!!
Our group puts our dogs needs first above all else. We will always do whats in their best interest, not in the humans best interest. We are a team of dedicated animal loving women changing the lives of our counties lost, forgotten, abused, and neglected dogs. We will do whatever it takes to ensure that the remainder of their lives will be spent loved, cared for, and happy. We screen every adopter and do several different checks. We reserve the right to deny ANY application at any time for any reason. We are here for the dogs above all else. Their past will never haunt them again.