We offer dogs and cats for adoption (and the occasional pocket pet) at our shelter. The animals available for adoption are strays that have not been claimed by their owners or pets whose owner’s have surrendered. EVERY animal that is brought into our facility is treated kindly and is given a warm and safe environment where they can rest and perhaps learn to trust the people again. Through humane treatment and interaction with staff some of these pets may become better prepared for adoption. TCAC will under no circumstances adopt out an animal that shows aggression or cannot be socialized. We list our adoptable animals in the local newspaper.
Animal Adoption & Advice
- EVALUATE YOUR NEEDS - Find out what breed of dog or cat best suits your lifestyle. Are you active? Are you home a lot? Do you have children? Do you work all day? These are all the things that need to be considered before adopting an animal.
- VISIT TAYLOR COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES - Many people's first inclination is to go a pet store; however, shelters have many dogs and cats to choose from in all shapes and sizes. We recommend calling our shelter first to determine what documents you should bring and/or the criteria to qualify, when adopting an animal.
- ASK THE SHELTER STAFF LOTS OF QUESTIONS - These are the people that are with the animals every day. Most likely, the shelter staff will be able to determine the animals' personality traits, likes, dislikes, and temperament. Also, if you are looking for a specific breed or personality type, our shelter staff may be of help.
- KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN - A pet doesn't have to be a puppy or kitten to be a loyal companion. Older animals have a lot to offer. Often times older dogs are already housebroken and leash-trained and older cats may be litter box trained.
- TAKE YOUR TIME - It may take awhile to find that perfect pet, so be patient. You may have to visit the shelter quite often before you find the one that is right for you.
- MAKE A DECISION AS A FAMILY - If this pet will be a family pet, make your family a part of the decision. How does the dog/cat get along with everyone and how does everyone get along with the dog/cat? After all, remember you are choosing an animal to be a member of the family. Your pet may live as long as 16 to 18 years. Are you and your family prepared for such an important commitment?
- GIVE YOUR ANIMAL SOME TIME TO ADJUST - Once you bring your new pet home, remember that it is in a new place and has to learn the lay of the land. Let it wander around and sniff. If there are children in the home, tell them that like a new kid in school, the animal may need a few days to adjust before it's comfortable to play. Most importantly, be patient. It may take a few weeks for the animal to feel at home and for it's true personality to emerge.
- USE OUR SHELTER AS A RESOURCE - We will be happy to offer advice to keep you and your pet together.