Animals
Adoption Process

All animals available for adoption are listed on the Adopt page. Our website is live and always up to date.

  • You must be 18 years or older to adopt from MHHS. You must provide a government-issued ID.

  • Please look through the Available Animals page prior to coming to the Animal Care Center. 

  • Unless told otherwise, please be prepared to bring your new family member home the same day as your meet.

  • Payment of adoption fees and any other purchases may be made in cash or by debit/credit card. We do not accept checks.

What to expect for appointments: 

  • If you are looking to adopt a cat or small animal

    • Cat and small animal adoptions are conducted on a walk-in basis. If you prefer to have a virtual appointment, please call 518.434.8128 to schedule.

    • Bring all household members with you to the adoption counsel.

    • All guests are required to wear masks while on Society property, regardless of vaccination status. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the facility.

    • You must be able bring home your new family member the same day as your meet.
       

  • If you are looking to adopt a dog 

    • Dog adoptions happen in two ways. Many dogs can go home the same day, and can be conducted on a walk-in basis. Dogs on the website with a pink border require adopters to fill out an inquiry form and may need more than one meet prior to going home.

    • If you need to reschedule your appointment, you can do so up to 24 hours prior. Staff and volunteers set aside time to meet with you specifically. If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will be asked to reschedule.

    • On the day of your appointment, please come dressed for the weather. All dog appointments are conducted outside. There will be tents up for coverage, but appointments are held no matter the weather. 

    • Bring all household members with you to the adoption counsel, which includes resident dogs. We require our dogs to meet the dogs and all family members that live in the home to be sure that they are a compatible match. Your resident dog should have someone stay with them in your vehicle until we're ready to do the dog meet and greet.

    • All guests are required to wear masks while on Society property, regardless of vaccination status. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the facility. 

    • Some dogs require multiple meets before going home. They are indicated on the Adopt page with a pink border. These dogs will go home on a three-week, supported, foster-to-adopt trial basis. Your dog can be adopted any time during this trial period. You will receive support from MHHS staff and volunteers to answer any questions or concerns during this three-week period. 

What is included in an adoption:

  • For dogs
    • A martingale collar, leash, sample bag of food, microchip information connected to you, a dog that is up to date on age-appropriate vaccinations and has been spayed/neutered
  • For cats
    • A sample bag of food, microchip information connected to you, a cat that is up to date on age-appropriate vaccinations and has been spayed/neutered
  • For small animals
    • A pet that has been checked over by a veterinarian and, if appropriate, has been spayed/neutered

If you still have questions: