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Pet Adoption Information

Whether or not an animal is adopted from the County Animal Shelter or from somewhere else, remember that having a pet is basically like having a baby ... they cannot fend for themselves, the pet owners must take proper care of them. Before adopting or buying an animal, ask yourself the following:

  • Are you willing to care for this animal for the rest of its life?
  • Are pets allowed where you live?
  • Is your yard large enough for your new pet?
  • If you have other pets, will they get along with a new pet?
  • Can you afford all of the costs associated with owning a pet: veterinarian bills, food and supplies?
  • Will you have the time and energy to properly groom your pet?
  • When you go on vacation, who will take care of your pet?
  • If you get a puppy, can you put up with whining and chewing?
  • Will you have the time to housetrain a puppy?
  • If your new pet is older and has bad habits, will you have the patience and discipline to retrain him or her?
  • If you adopt a cat or kitten, are you willing to have a litter box in your house?
  • Will you be able to exercise your pet on a daily basis?
  • Does anyone in your family have allergies?
  • Will your pet be inside or outside? If you are planning on keeping your pet outside, are you willing to devote the time and energy to make sure that they have plenty of water, shade and shelter?

When you decide to get a pet ... and before spending a lot of money, stop by the Cumberland County Animal Shelter. You can choose from several animals at our shelter. There are different breeds and species, all waiting for the perfect home!

NOTE: No dog or cat will be released for adoption from the animal shelter until said animal has been surgically spayed or neutered or an appointment for the procedure has been made. (The cost for the spaying/neutering is included in the Adoption Fee.) After selecting an animal for adoption, Animal Control personnel will make an appointment at a local veterinarian for your dog or cat to be spayed or neutered. (We try to set up the appointment for the next day.)

If you do not keep the appointment, Animal Control personnel have the authority to come to your home and take the animal.

Guess who pays?Unless you are an animal breeder, there is little reason for your new pet to have a litter. Your newly adopted pet will be a much happier animal once the surgery has been done and you won't have to worry about unwanted puppies or kittens!

Myths about spaying or neutering your pet.

  • It makes your pet fat, weak or lazy.
  • It changes your pet's disposition or personality.
  • A female dog or cat must have at least one litter for normal development and a pleasant disposition.
Review our pet adoption fees.
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