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FAQ's About Adopting From Us
Where do your animals come from?
Our animals come from League City Animal Care and Adoption. They arrive as strays or in rare cases are owner surrender. Owner surrenders are very rare and accepted on a case by case basis. Owner surrender acceptance is the decision of the shelter manager only after meeting with the owner to discuss alternatives.
Have the animals been checked out by a vet?
The shelter animals have not had a comprehensive examination by a veterinarian, so we cannot vouch for the animal's health. We only know what has been observed and recorded in their medical record while in the shelter. You will want to take your new pet to a veterinarian for a complete exam within a week of adoption. Your vet will perform the tests needed to verify the animal's health and administer any additional vaccinations required.
Is there a way to reduce costs if my newly adopted pet becomes ill?
You will be offered 30 days of FREE pet insurance through Pet First at the time of adoption. Please sign up for this insurance. It covers all but a $50.00 deductible if your pet should become ill or gets injured in the first 30 days. You don't give a credit card, it really is free. FLCAS aka LCPA is NOT responsible for vet bills other than rabies and sterilization after the adoption.
What are my legal responsibilities as an owner?
You must provide the animal with quality food, fresh water, humane treatment and proper veterinary care for the rest of its life. You must also comply with state and local ordinances regarding licensing, confinement, leash laws, and vaccinations.
What if things don't work out?
You can return your pet to us within 30 days if their first vet visit reveals a health problem you aren't willing to treat. Your adoption fee is NON REFUNDABLE, but you can apply it to the adoption of another pet from us. After 30 days, it is your responsibility to find the pet an appropriate home. Reach out to us for assistance, we are happy to help.
Have the animals been fixed and had their shots?
At a mininimum your pet was vaccinated upon intake. If your pet is young, it is likely it received a booster vaccination.
Animals over the age of 4 months will be sterilized and rabies vaccinated before you can take them home.
If the animal is under four months and you live in Galveston County, you may take your new pet home before they are sterilized.
What will the animal's personality be like?
It can be hard to predict what a kitten or puppy's personality will be when fully grown. Puppies and kittens from the same litter can be very different.
If personality is important to you, please consider adopting an animal over 6 months of age since their personalities will be more apparent.
How do I know which pet is right for me?
To help you make the right choice, our volunteers will ask questions about your home situation and what behaviors you desire. They will attempt to match you to the right pet. We want to match the right pet, with the right family, to create a relationship to last a lifetime.
Is there a chance my application will be denied?
Seldom do we say no to an adopter. We will however say NO to a specific animal they want to adopt. We want to make a match that will last a lifetime. Sometimes adopters choose an animal that isn't the best match for their lifestyle and circumstances. We encourage the potential adopter to choose an animal that is a better lifetime match.
Our primary responsibility is make the best match for the animal. We want to assure they won't be homeless again. We must feel confident the animal will be safe, happy, well-cared for, and be a good match with the people and other pets in the household.
How much does it cost to adopt a pet?
Adoption fees are usually $75.00, though there may be occasional "specials" offered. This fee helps to pay for vaccinations, sterilization, rabies vaccination, and microchip. Some animals may have a higher adoption fee if the pet has had special medical care, vaccinations, or tests. Occasionally we may offer purebred dogs at a higher fee as a means to raise funds to help cover the medical care for other animals. Any fee over the base fee will be discussed with you prior to adoption.
When can I take my new pet home?
We want you to have your new pet ASAP.
1) Pets already sterilized can usually go home the day of the adoption.
2) Pets not sterilized but old enough to be sterilized, will have to remain at the shelter until we can arrange their surgery which will usually be in the same week. You can pick up your new pet the same day as the surgery since they can recover in your care.
3) Pets too young to be sterilized: If you live in Galveston County the pet can usually go home with you that day, provided you have no unsterilized pets at home. You must sign a contract agreeing to bring the pet to the shelter for sterilization by a predetermined date (based on the age of the animal when you adopt).
If you prefer to have your pet sterilized by another vet, you must provide us with proof of sterilization and rabies vaccination by the Deadline Date on the Sterilization Agreement. The adoption fee is not reduced and the financial guarantee is still required if you choose this option.
What forms of payment do you accept?
CASH, CHECK, CREDIT CARD
What if I don't see an animal I like?
Come back often as we get new animals every day. Go to our Adopt page and click the link "Meet all these pets today!" You are forwarded to the ShelterLuv site which is updated daily.
Visit other shelters in the area. LCAS has maps showing the locations of other shelters and other adoption locations. You can tell more about an animal in person than from a photo or write-up.
What would be the most common health issues I might see with my adopted pet?
Many illnesses are airborne and spread no matter how well the shelter staff cleans.
Cats: May be exposed to upper respiratory virus known as CAT FLU. It is viral and in teenagers and adults it runs its course without issue. But in kittens, who have immature immune systems it can lead to loss of appetite, dehydration, pneumonia, and death. It's critical you monitor your kittens appetite and activity. If your cat has symptoms (sneezing, watery eyes/nose) but is otherwise acting normally (eating, drinking well, playing), you can probably let the flu run its course at home. If not, you should immediately take your cat to your vet for treatment. The kittens have had one if not two vaccinations against this illness while in care. This can be confirmed on the cats medical record. You get a copy.
Dogs: Your dog will have been exposed to any number of diseases at the shelter, including kennel cough, distemper, parvo, and mange. You should discuss these diseases with your vet at your dog's first visit which should occur within a week or two of adoption.