Adams County government offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of Presidents' Day. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Adopting a Pet

Adoption Policies

  • All dogs and cats will be altered prior to going home with the adopter.
  • An individual must be at least 18 years of age to adopt an animal.
  • Animals known to be sick will not be available for adoption.
  • An adopted pet may be returned within two weeks of the adoption date for any reason for a full refund. Pets can returned between two weeks and one month of adoption, but no refund will be given. Pets returned after one month will require a relinquishment fee.
  • Release of animals to bona fide rescue groups that meet qualifications established by Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center will be at the discretion of the animal shelter manager.
  • The Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center reserves the right to deny requests for adopting animals to any person at its sole discretion.
  • Unclaimed animals who have seriously bitten a person without provocation will not be available for adoption.

Note: Any exceptions must be approved by shelter management.

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