Frequently Asked Questions
How can I adopt a pet from the Humane Society of Fremont County?
At the Humane Society of Fremont County, we strive to make the adoption process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Here are some additional details on how to adopt a pet from our shelter:
Browse our available pets
Our website lists all the pets currently available for adoption at our shelter. You can filter by species, breed, age, and gender to find the perfect match for your family.
Visit us in person
We encourage all potential adopters to visit our shelter in person to meet the pets and see their personalities firsthand. Our staff members will be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you find the right pet for your home.
Submit an application
Once you've found a pet you're interested in adopting, you'll need to fill out an adoption application. This helps us ensure that our pets are going to a safe and loving home.
Pay the adoption fee
Our adoption fees vary depending on the type of pet and their age. The fee covers the cost of spaying/neutering, vaccinations, and other medical expenses incurred while the pet was in our care.
Interview with a staff member
We'll schedule a brief interview with one of our staff members to make sure that you and the pet are a good match. We want to ensure that our pets go to homes where they will receive the love and care they deserve.
Once you've completed the adoption process, you'll be able to take your new pet home and begin the exciting journey of pet ownership. Don't forget to take advantage of our post-adoption resources, including training tips and behavioral advice, to help your pet adjust to their new home.
What are the requirements for adopting a pet from the Humane Society of Fremont County?
We require all adopters to be at least 18 years of age, have a valid ID with current address, and be able to provide proof of pet-friendly housing (if applicable).
In addition to the basic requirements, we also require adopters to have a stable source of income and be willing to provide for the pet's basic needs, including food, water, shelter, and veterinary care. We encourage all potential adopters to carefully consider the time, effort, and financial commitment required to care for a pet before submitting an application.
For adopters who already have pets at home, we also require a meet-and-greet with the new pet to ensure compatibility and safety for all animals involved. We may also require a home visit to ensure the pet will have a safe and comfortable living environment.
It is important to note that we reserve the right to deny any adoption application if we feel that the adopter cannot provide a suitable home for the pet, or if we believe the adoption is not in the best interest of the pet. Our top priority is always the well-being of the animals in our care.
How much does it cost to adopt a pet from the Humane Society of Fremont County?
Our adoption fees vary depending on the type of animal and their age, but they typically range from $75 to $150. This fee helps cover the cost of vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and other medical care for the animal.
In addition to the adoption fee, we also require a $10 fee for a new collar and ID tag for your new pet. We accept cash, credit cards, and personal checks as payment for adoption fees and other costs.
We understand that adopting a pet is a big decision and financial commitment, which is why we encourage potential adopters to carefully consider their ability to provide for the animal before making the decision to adopt. We also offer a sponsorship program for those who may not be able to afford the full adoption fee.
Please note that adoption fees and policies are subject to change and may vary depending on the animal's individual needs or circumstances. We strive to make our adoption process as accessible and affordable as possible while ensuring that our animals go to loving and responsible homes.
Can I volunteer at the Humane Society of Fremont County?
Yes! We welcome volunteers who are 18 years of age or older to help us care for the animals, assist with events, and more.
Volunteering at the Humane Society of Fremont County is a great way to make a difference in the lives of animals in need while also gaining valuable experience and skills. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available, including helping with animal care, socialization, administrative tasks, fundraising events, and more. Our volunteer program is designed to match your interests and skills with our needs, so you can be sure that you are making the most of your time with us.
To become a volunteer, you will need to fill out an application and attend a brief orientation. We also require that all volunteers complete a background check and commit to a minimum number of hours each month. Our staff will provide you with all the necessary training and support to ensure that you are able to make a positive impact on the lives of our animals.
Whether you are a student looking to gain experience in the animal welfare field or a retiree looking to give back to your community, we welcome volunteers of all backgrounds and experience levels. Join our team today and make a difference in the lives of animals in need!
What types of donations does the Humane Society of Fremont County accept?
We accept a variety of donations, including money, pet food, toys, blankets, and more. Check out our website or contact us for a full list of needed items.
In addition to physical items, we also accept monetary donations which are crucial in helping us provide care to the animals at our shelter. You can make a donation online through our website, through PayPal, or by mailing a check to our mailing address. All donations are tax-deductible as we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Furthermore, you can also consider sponsoring a shelter pet or a shelter cage through our Kuranda Bed Donation Program and Sponsor-a-Shelter Cage programs. This is a great way to help provide for the needs of our animals while also showing your support and dedication to their well-being.
If you have lightly used items that you no longer need, we also welcome these donations as they can be sold at our Annual Yard Sale to help raise funds for our shelter. We appreciate any and all donations, as they allow us to continue providing care for the animals in our community.
Is the Humane Society of Fremont County a no kill shelter?
While we do our best to save as many animals as possible, we have animals euthanized in cases of severe medical issues or dangerous behavior. Our goal is to find loving homes for all adoptable animals.
At the Humane Society of Fremont County, we strive to provide the best possible care and support for all animals that come through our doors. We are a limited intake shelter, which means that we do not turn animals away based on their age, breed, or medical condition. We work hard to provide each animal with the necessary medical care, socialization, and training to prepare them for adoption.
While we do everything in our power to find homes for all adoptable animals, unfortunately, some animals may not be suitable for adoption due to their medical condition, aggressive behavior, or other circumstances. In these cases, euthanasia may be the kindest and most humane option to prevent further suffering.
We are committed to reducing the number of animals that are euthanized and increasing the number of animals that are adopted into loving homes. We work closely with other rescue organizations and strive to provide education and resources to promote responsible pet ownership and reduce pet overpopulation.
Can I surrender my pet to the Humane Society of Fremont County?
We do accept owner-surrendered pets, but we encourage you to exhaust all other options before surrendering. Contact us to discuss your situation and learn more about our surrender process.
When surrendering a pet, we require a surrender fee to help cover the cost of caring for the animal. We also ask for any medical records, behavior history, and other information that will help us provide the best care for the animal.
Please keep in mind that we have limited space and resources, and we may not be able to accept all surrendered pets. We encourage pet owners to explore other options, such as reaching out to family and friends, contacting other shelters or rescue groups, or seeking assistance from local pet support organizations.
Does the Humane Society of Fremont County offer spay / neuter services?
We do not offer spay / neuter services ourselves, but we can provide information on local low-cost spay/neuter clinics and can sometimes provide vouchers for discounted services.
The Humane Society of Fremont County understands the importance of spaying and neutering pets to prevent overpopulation and reduce the number of homeless animals in our community. While we do not offer these services ourselves, we work closely with local low-cost spay / neuter clinics to provide our community with affordable options.
We can provide information on spay / neuter clinics in our area and help you schedule an appointment. We also occasionally partner with these clinics to provide vouchers for discounted services to eligible pet owners. These vouchers are limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Additionally, all of our adoptable animals are spayed or neutered before being placed in their new homes. This is part of our commitment to responsible pet ownership and ensuring that our animals do not contribute to the homeless pet population.
How can I report animal cruelty or neglect?
If you suspect animal cruelty or neglect, contact your local law enforcement agency or animal control department immediately. You can also contact us for resources and assistance.
At the Humane Society of Fremont County, we take animal welfare seriously and encourage reporting any suspected cases of animal cruelty or neglect. If you witness or suspect animal abuse or neglect, it is important to take immediate action by contacting your local law enforcement agency or animal control department.
If you are unsure who to contact, you can reach out to us for guidance and resources. We can provide you with contact information for local agencies or help you file a report. Remember, animal cruelty is a crime and should not be ignored.
It is important to provide as much detail as possible when reporting animal abuse or neglect. Be prepared to provide the animal’s location, a description of the animal, and any evidence you may have. Taking photos or videos of the situation can be helpful in documenting the abuse.
By reporting animal cruelty or neglect, you can help save an animal from further harm and hold those responsible accountable for their actions. Thank you for being an advocate for animal welfare.
How can I get involved with Humane Society of Fremont County events?
We have a variety of events throughout the year, including fundraisers, adoption events, and more. Check out our website or follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on upcoming events and how to get involved.
You can also contact us directly to learn more about volunteer opportunities for events. We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with tasks such as event setup, greeting guests, assisting with activities, and more.
Volunteering for our events is a great way to support our mission while having fun and meeting new people. Additionally, if you or your business are interested in sponsoring or hosting an event to benefit the animals, we would love to discuss partnership opportunities with you.
How much time does the adoption process take?
Adopting a pet is an exciting and important decision, and we want to ensure that each adoption is a good fit for both the animal and the adopter. The length of the adoption process can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the availability of staff and the number of people visiting the shelter at the time.
On average, we recommend setting aside at least 45 minutes to an hour on a weekday to complete the adoption process. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with the animal you are interested in, fill out an application, and have a brief interview with one of our staff members.
On weekends, when the shelter tends to be busier, the adoption process may take longer. We recommend allowing up to two hours to ensure that you have enough time to find the perfect pet for your family and complete the necessary paperwork.
While the adoption process may take some time, it is important to remember that finding the right pet is worth the effort. Our staff is dedicated to helping you make a successful match, and we are always available to answer any questions you may have about the process.
How many animals can I visit with?
At the Humane Society of Fremont County, we want to make sure that each family has a fair opportunity to interact with the animals they are interested in adopting. As such, we limit the number of pets a family can visit to two per day.
This policy helps to ensure that our animals receive adequate attention and care during the adoption process, while also allowing us to accommodate as many families as possible. It also ensures that each pet receives the appropriate amount of attention, care, and love from potential adopters.
We understand that it can be difficult to choose just two animals to visit, especially when so many are in need of loving homes. However, we believe that this policy allows us to create a positive and effective adoption process for both the animals and the families looking to adopt.
What if I don't want to spay/neuter the pet I adopt?
We are required by Colorado law to spay/neuter all dogs and cats adopted from our shelter.
Spaying and neutering pets is a critical part of responsible pet ownership, as it helps control the pet population and prevent the birth of unwanted litters. As such, we require all dogs and cats adopted from our shelter to be spayed or neutered before they go to their new homes.
We understand that some adopters may have concerns about spaying or neutering their pet, but we assure you that it is a safe and routine procedure that is beneficial for your pet's health and well-being. In addition, we provide information and resources to help you make an informed decision about spaying or neutering your pet.
If for some reason you are unwilling to spay or neuter your pet, we may not be able to proceed with the adoption process. However, we encourage you to discuss your concerns with our staff, who are happy to answer any questions you may have and provide guidance on responsible pet ownership.
What should I do if my pet goes missing?
Losing a pet can be a stressful and emotional experience, but it's important to take action as soon as possible to increase the chances of finding your pet. In addition to filing a lost report on our website, there are several other steps you can take to aid in the search for your furry friend.
First, make sure to search your immediate area thoroughly, including your home, yard, and surrounding streets. Ask neighbors and friends to keep an eye out for your pet, and post flyers in your neighborhood and around town with a photo and description of your pet.
You can also check with local animal control agencies and other shelters in the area to see if your pet has been picked up or brought in. Social media can also be a powerful tool for spreading the word about your missing pet, so be sure to post on your personal accounts and any community pages or groups.
If your pet is microchipped, make sure your contact information is up-to-date with the microchip company. This can help ensure that you are contacted if your pet is found.
We understand how difficult it can be to lose a pet, and we are here to support you throughout the process. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us for assistance or guidance.
I see my missing pet on your website. What do I do now?
If you see your missing pet on our website, please contact us immediately. We will work with you to verify ownership and arrange for a reunion with your beloved pet. It's important to act quickly as other interested adopters may also be inquiring about the pet. We understand how stressful it can be to have a missing pet and we are committed to reuniting pets with their owners whenever possible.
If you find your missing pet on our website, the first step is to contact us immediately to confirm that we have your pet in our care. There may be associated fees for reclaiming your pet, such as a reclaim fee and boarding fees if your pet has been with us for an extended period of time.
The reclaim fee covers the cost of care, vaccinations, and other medical expenses your pet may have received while in our care. Boarding fees may also apply if your pet has been with us for an extended period of time.
It’s important to note that these fees are necessary to cover the costs of caring for your pet while they were missing and to help us continue providing care for other animals in need. We understand that this can be an unexpected expense, so we offer payment plans and financial assistance in some cases.
Overall, the cost of reclaiming your pet is minimal compared to the peace of mind and joy that comes with being reunited with your beloved companion. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about reclaiming your pet.
What do I do if I find a stray pet?
If you have found a stray pet, the first step is to try and locate its owner. Check for identification tags, take the pet to a local vet to scan for a microchip, and post on social media and community lost and found pet pages. If the owner is not located, you can bring the pet to the Humane Society of Fremont County or contact animal law enforcement to pick up the pet.
If you choose to temporarily care for the pet until the owner is found, keep it separate from your own pets to avoid any potential conflicts. Provide the pet with food, water, and shelter, and continue to check for any lost pet notices or updates.
If the owner does not come forward within a certain period of time, you may be interested in adopting the pet. Please note that legal ownership of an unclaimed pet can only be transferred through the adoption process at a licensed shelter or rescue facility after completion of the stray wait period.
There may be associated fees with bringing a found pet to the Humane Society of Fremont County, such as a stray hold fee or vaccination fee. However, these fees help cover the cost of caring for the pet while it is in our care. We also offer resources and guidance for those who have found a stray pet to help ensure the pet is properly cared for and reunited with its owner.
What do I do if there is a skunk / bat / snake or other wildlife on my property?
Encountering a wild animal on your property can be a stressful and potentially dangerous situation. It's important to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and the animal. The first step is to avoid any physical contact with the animal. It's important to remember that wild animals are unpredictable and may become aggressive if they feel threatened.
If you spot a skunk, bat, snake, or any other type of wildlife on your property, it's best to contact a licensed pest control company for removal. They have the proper training and equipment to safely and humanely remove the animal from your property. Alternatively, you can contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife for more information on how to handle the situation.
Prevention is the best way to avoid encounters with wildlife on your property. Most animals are attracted to food, water, or shelter, so it's important to remove any potential sources of attraction. Keep your garbage in an enclosed, inaccessible area like the garage, and clean up any spilled food or water immediately.
Sealing any entry points into your home, such as cracks or gaps in the walls or roof, can also help keep wildlife out. By taking these preventative measures, you can reduce the likelihood of encountering wildlife on your property.