How to Adopt

Basic Adoption Requirements:

  • Adopter must be 18 years of age or older.
  • For the safety and health of our animals, we do not ship pets.
  • Pet adoption fees range from $25 to $250. Our adoption fees help to offset the cost of evaluation, housing, feeding and medical care for the thousands of animals that need our help. We do our best to keep our adoption prices reasonable while generating income to support our goal of caring for animals available for adoption until we can place them in a loving home. The adoption fee for each animal varies and is dependent on many factors including: age, size, behavior, medical condition, and public demand.

Each pet will have specific needs and we will work to make adoption matches that maximize the happiness of all pets and people in the household.

Some additional considerations may include:

Vaccinations – For the safety of your new and existing pets, we recommend that all other household pets are current on vaccines two weeks before welcoming a new animal to your home. 

A fenced yard – While big, secure yards may be required for some dogs, there are many other dogs that would be perfectly happy in an apartment or home where exercise is obtained from walking or jogging on leash. In fact, leash-walked dogs that get 3 to 4 trips outside per day are often happier than dogs left unattended in a back yard.

Children – Some rescues do not adopt to families with small children, but at Animal Haven, we welcome young families! We have many pets that will be great family companions for kids of any age who are supervised and taught to treat pets gently. Please keep in mind that we may decide that certain pets aren’t best for small kids due to temperament or breed tendencies. These decisions are always made with child and pet safety in mind.

Indoor vs. outdoor situation – At Animal Haven, we believe strongly that pets are happiest, healthiest, and safest when they are welcomed indoors as household companions. Pets allowed outdoors unsupervised are exposed to risks such as disease, theft, escape, auto accidents, wildlife, and more. If you still want to keep a pet outdoors, please contact us for suggestions or options.

Declawing – We do not declaw cats at Animal Haven and do not advocate the procedure due to the physical and psychological impact it has on cats. There are several humane and simple alternatives to declawing including trimming the nails, providing a scratching post, or using products such as soft nail caps that will eliminate the destructive capabilities of claws and keep your cat happy. If you must have a declawed cat, we encourage you to consider an adult cat that has already had the procedure prior to arriving at Animal Haven.

Adoption Process:

  1. Before coming to the shelter, we recommend that you research any specific breeds that might interest you and suit your family.
  2. Appointments are NOT needed to visit the shelter. Stop by anytime we are open Sunday 10am – 6pm, Monday and Wednesday-Friday 12pm-6pm; Saturday 10am-6pm. You should allow approximately 2 hours (sometimes more) for the entire adoption process.
  3. Spend some quality time with any pets that interest you. We recommend at least 30 minutes of one-on-one time outside the kennel. All family members (including other dogs) should be introduced to the pet.
  4. Complete a brief adoption application. We will work with you to find the right pet for your faimly.

If your application is declined, please don’t be discouraged from adopting! It may just be that the pet you’ve selected isn’t ideal for your lifestyle. We will be happy to help you find a pet that does meet your needs.

When we find the appropriate pet for you, our adoption counselor will review specific pet’s vet history, provide care instructions and health/behavior resources, and answer any questions you may have at this time.

  1. Pay adoption fee and sign adoption agreement.
  2. Take your new pet home! Animal Haven pets are already spayed/neutered and have received all necessary vet care, so they are ready to go home immediately. For safety reasons, cats must leave in a proper carrier, so please bring one from home or plan to purchase one here at the shelter.
  3. Within seven days of adoption you must take your adopted pet to visit a veterinarian for a post-adoption exam. Your adoption packet will include a list of vets across the metro area who have agreed to provide this service at a discount.
  4. We want you and your new pet to be as happy as possible. If for any reason you feel that the pet you have adopted is not right for your household, you may always return that pet (please call for an appointment). If you return a pet within 30 days of adoption, we will issue an exchange certificate for another adoption, redeemable after a 2 week waiting period. We do not issue refunds.

What’s Included in the Adoption fee?

Dogs and Puppies (<6 months old):

  • Spay or Neuter Surgery
  • Microchip Identification
  • DA2PP+C Combo Vaccine
  • Bordetella Vaccine
  • Rabies Vaccine (age 3 mos. & up)
  • Strongid Dewormer
  • Heartworm Test (age 6 mos. & up)
  • Heartworm Preventative
  • Flea Preventative
  • Adoption Gift Bag
  • Discount on Post-Adoption Check-up with a Participating Vet
  • One Month of Pet Health Insurance for $5

Cats and Kittens:

  • Spay or Neuter Surgery
  • Microchip Identification
  • FVRCP Combo Vaccine
  • Rabies Vaccine (age 3 mos. & up)
  • Strongid Dewormer
  • Feline Leukemia Test
  • FIV Test
  • Heartworm Test
  • Flea Preventative
  • Ear Mite Treatment
  • Adoption Gift Bag
  • Discount on Post-Adoption Check-up with a Participating Vet
  • One Month of Pet Health Insurance for $5

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Our Vision: A lifelong, caring home for every pet

Our Mission: To provide a higher quality of life for homeless pets through adoption, education and collaboration with our animal welfare community.

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Merriam, KS 66203
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