What if I put a deposit down on an animal that gets claimed by his previous owner?
If the animal is reclaimed, your deposit will be good for 6 months during which time it can be used toward another adoption.
Why are some animals in safekeeping and how come I am not able to see them?
Animals are brought to the shelter for safekeeping for a myriad of reasons. They have known owners and are therefore not our property. Our role is to provide them with a safe place to be housed until their situations can be resolved.
What are hold times on animals and can I adopt before the hold time is up?
Because we want to make every attempt to reunite animals with their owners, all animals not under safekeeping will be placed on hold for 3 business days. After that time, they will be available for adoption. If you are interested in adopting an animal that is still on hold, you may submit an adoption application along with an adoption deposit. If the animal is not claimed during the hold time, your adoption deposit rolls over into the adoption fee.
Can you cat test the dog / dog test the cat before I adopt them?
We will do our best to accommodate your request to cat/dog test an animal but please be advised that the test is rudimentary so even if the animal passes the basic assessment, there will need to be ongoing monitoring at home.
I want to adopt an animal but can’t take him home right away. Can you hold the animal for me?
Unfortunately, we have limited space and therefore cannot hold animals.
What if I adopt an animal and it doesn’t work out? Can I return the animal and if so, do I get my adoption fee back?
If the adoption does not work out, you may bring the animal back to the shelter. Your adoption fee will not be returned and there will a $25 owner surrender fee.
If I adopt an animal, can I take him home the same day?
This depends; If the animal that you are adopting has already been neutered, microchipped and is current on his shots, then absolutely. If not, the animal will be held for you with your adoption deposit, and they will be placed on the schedule for the next surgery day.
Why do you need my landlord’s approval if I want to adopt an animal?
Many rental properties have restrictions (breed, size, etc.) on animals. To ensure the well-being of the animal, we need to make sure that they are allowed so that they will not be returned and/or you will not be forced to move.
Why do you suggest a “Meet and Greet” when adopting a new dog when there is already a dog in the home?
The NUMBER ONE reason dogs are returned to the shelter is because they didn’t get along with the dog in the home. When you bring your dog to the shelter, we will conduct the introduction in a neutral setting to see if the animals get along prior to adoption.
What form of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, checks and credit cards.
What is included in my adoption fee?
All dogs and cats are spayed/neutered, microchipped, treated for internal and external parasites and vaccinated with core vaccines including rabies vaccine if old enough (>12 weeks). Additionally, dogs are tested for heartworms and cats for feline Leukemia.
What is the cost to adopt an animal at your shelter?
The adoption fee for Adult dogs over 25 lbs. is $50. Puppies and dogs under 25lbs. are $70. Senior dogs and those who are heartworm positive are $25. Adult Cats are $20 and Kittens are $40.
What do I need to bring to the shelter if I plan on adopting a pet?
You must bring a photo ID (valid driver's license, state or federal ID) and, if you have other animals in the home, we will need proof that they are current on their Rabies Vaccination and have a current County License. Landlord approval is required if you are renting or leasing your home and the person adopting the animal must be over 18.
What is your location and hours that you are open?
We are located at 19450 Oliver Street in Brooksville. We are just off 41, behind the Hernando County Fairgrounds. Our hours of operation are: Tuesday-Friday 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM and Saturday 10 AM - 3 PM. We are closed Sundays and Mondays.