Adoption Process

We're in the business of creating happy families, and we want to make this a great experience for you!

Before the Shelter

We recommend researching any specific breeds that might interest you and suit your family.

Appointments are not needed to visit our shelters. Stop by anytime during normal Pet Adoption Center hours. We recommend, allowing up to two hours (sometimes more) for the entire adoption process.

Please note: You are welcome to view our adoptable animals during our normal business hours. Our average wait times vary from 10 minutes to 3 hours on busy days. Saturday is our busiest day of the week. Due to the time commitment, we cannot guarantee your meet and greet/dog-to-dog/adoption, if you arrive ninety minutes prior to close. You may be asked to bring all members of the household, including dogs, to meet prior to adoption. The last adoptions start 30 minutes prior to close

At the Pet Adoption Center

In order to create a more meaningful and thorough adoption experience and to utilize our guests time most effectively, we recommend guests looking at one to two pets per visit. Currently, we operate on a first-come, first-served basis and our goal is to provide excellent customer service for each of our guests.

When a great match has been made, our Adoption Counselors will review a the pet’s vet history, provide care instructions and health/behavior resources and answer any questions you may have.

You will then pay adoption fee and sign adoption agreement.

Great Plains SPCA pets are already spayed/neutered and have received all necessary vet care, so they are ready to go home immediately. For safety reasons, cats must leave in a proper carrier and dogs must leave on a leash and collar, so please bring them from home or plan to purchase them inside our MetroPAWlitan on campus retail store at the shelter.

Within the first two weeks of adoption, we recommend taking your newly adopted pet to visit a veterinarian for a post-adoption exam.

We want you and your new pet to be as happy as possible. If for any reason you feel that the pet you have adopted is not right for your household, please contact us straight away. We will always take our pets back (although an appointment may be required to bring them back). If you return a pet within 30 days of adoption, we may issue an exchange certificate for another adoption. We do not issue refunds.

What's included in the adoption fee?

Every pet receives:
  • Spay or Neuter Surgery
  • Microchip Identification
  • Rabies Vaccine (age 3 mos. & up)
  • Strongid Dewormer
  • Heartworm Test (age 6 mos. & up)
  • Heartworm Preventative
  • Flea Preventative
  • Adoption Gift Bag
  • Option to insure your pet with Companion Protect
Cats and Kittens:
  • FVRCP Combo Vaccine
  • Feline Leukemia Test
  • FIV Test
  • Ear Mite Treatment
Dogs and Puppies:
  • DA2PP+C Combo Vaccine
  • Bordetella Vaccine

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