Adoption Procedures

We want to ensure that the adoption process is the best match for both human and pet.

STEP 1: Let’s Begin!

Welcome! We ask that you complete our Adoption Application which we can provide to you at our adoption location (currently the Animal Hospital of Telluride) or we can email you a survey at your request.

There are basic requirements that must be met to begin:

  • You must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Have a U.S. government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or state ID.
  • Verify that you are allowed to have a pet of the breed and size where you currently live.
  • Verify that you are able to spend the time and resources necessary to provide the proper training, medical treatment and necessary care for your pet.
  • Bring along all family members (including children) to meet your new cat or dog. Be sure to bring any resident dogs if you are adopting a dog.
  • Be able to take the pet home on the day of adoption.
  • The pet must be spayed or neutered before official adoption.

STEP 2: Matching Expectations

Once we receive your application we will have better information and insight into a pet that may be ideal for you and best fit with your lifestyle.

STEP 3: Meeting the Pets

After the application has been reviewed and any questions may have been addressed, we have you and pet meet. If you have any other pets and/or family members that need to meet a pet you are interested in, we will arrange that meeting, too.

When your heart knows you have found the one, let us know that you wish to continue on with the adoption process!

STEP 4: Adoption Consultation

We will meet with you to assist with guidance in helping you and pet transition into a new home with success. We will go over any further questions and the necessary details for the successful love and care of your newly adopted family member.

STEP 5: The THS Lifetime Guarantee

Our hope is that you and your pet are together as a forever home. However, life can present us with unexpected experiences. From being available for advice, questions, personal needs, an emergency or you are unable to keep your pet, we are committed to our pets and will always be available through their lifetime as needed.