Adopting a new pet comes with a lot of new information, responsibilities and care. At the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County, we aim to provide our adoptive parents and animals with the best care, education and services to ensure both adopters and animals are ready for their new life together. To help our community better understand our adoption program, we’re sharing our spectrum of care.
Spay, neuter and microchipping
Before any of our animals are adopted, we ensure that they are microchipped and spayed or neutered. Fixing an animal helps prevent major health problems and can reduce behavioral problems while also preventing unplanned litters of puppies and kittens. Microchipping helps reunite pets with their owners in the event they become lost. We take the responsibility of performing these services so our new adoptive parents don’t have to worry about the extra costs after adoption.
Prior to adoption, the Humane Society ensures that all of our animals receive the best care, especially if they come to us with injuries or illnesses. We have an in-house veterinarian who will perform comprehensive exams, surgeries, dental care and so much more. These services can cost a pet owner several hundred dollars, but when you adopt from the Humane Society, it’s covered!
Heartworm disease in animals is a common disease that needs immediate treatment and monitoring. This treatment period can span several months, but when an animal starts treatment at the Humane Society, we continue that treatment process free of charge until it is complete – even after the animal has been adopted if needed!
Animal training and support
We want every adopted animal to stay in their new home and we know that animal training can be a confusing and difficult process for new pet parents. With this in mind, we do our best to monitor temperament and start the pet training process in the shelter. This includes proper socialization, teaching them to walk on a leash, how to stop jumping, listening to commands and so much more. The Humane Society will continue this training into the adoption process, too! Additionally, we monitor the temperament of our animals with people of all ages and other animals. This is all to ensure our adoptive families are set up for long-term success with their new furry friend.
At the Humane Society, we want every animal and adoptive family to have the preparation and tools necessary to thrive! Our spectrum of care is designed to do just that – provide the best care, alleviate cost for new parents, and provide adoptive families with animals that are ready to find their forever homes! Interested in adopting an animal from the Humane Society? Visit our adoption page to learn more about our adoption process and how you can get started.