Adoption application


All our adoptions are done though an application process.  If you are unable to fill out an online application, paper applications can be downloaded or picked up at the shelter.  Please note that online applications take longer for us to process and could delay your approval time. Our adoption application is designed to help us match our dogs with the best fit for them as well as for your family.   Before you begin the application please read the following guidelines required to adopt from Ross County Humane Society:

  • Your current pets MUST BE spayed/neutered and up-to-date on annual vaccines. The only exception to this is with a note from your licensed veterinarian.
  • If you rent, please speak with your landlord prior to applying to adopt. You must provide written verification from the owner of your property that you are able to own a dog and that they have no breed or weight restrictions.
  • RCHS does not adopt to outdoor homes. This means that dogs adopted from our facility are not permitted to live in outdoor runs, dog boxes or on tie-outs.
  • Do your homework on what type of dog (age, temperament, personality, etc.) is best for your living situation and your lifestyle.
  • Adopters must be at least 18 years of age or older. All members of your household must be aware and supportive of bringing a dog into the home.

Once your application is submitted, shelter staff will review your application. This review may include but is not limited to:

  • Contact your landlord, if applicable
  • Contact your veterinarian if you have had pets within the last 10 years
  • Interview you via phone or in person
  • A home check may be required

The adoption approval process can take 2-4 business days.  The most common delay in approving an application is being unable to obtain veterinary history, unable to reach your landlord, or having pending applications ahead of yours for the same dog.  Once a decision is made you will be sent an approval or denial email to the address you provided in your application.  Please be sure to use an email address that you can access and check often.

Once your application is approved and the email has been sent you will have 24 hours to contact us to set up a time to meet your desired dog. Our adoption hours are Monday – Saturday 10am to 4pm.   We adopt each dog to the first approved and available adopter.  The dog of your choice cannot be reserved or held until after your application is approved.  If the dog that you want is adopted before your application is approved, we will be happy to help you choose a new dog.


At the time of adoption, you must complete our adoption contract and provide payment.  We accept cash, debit, or credit card.  We do not accept checks.

  • Adult dogs $132 and up
  • Senior dogs: $79
  • Puppies (6 months and under): $153 and up

Our adoption fee includes the following:

  • Required spay/neuter (when done at North Fork Animal Clinic)
  • Age appropriate vaccines
  • Deworming
  • Microchip
  • Current year Ross County dog tags
  • Heartworm test
  • $50 gift certificate donated by Petland

RCHS does not conduct DNA tests on dogs who enter our facility therefore we are unable to guarantee breed or breed mix.  Information provided by shelter staff, volunteers, and veterinarians is used to give a best estimate as to a dog’s breed make up. We do our best to inform adopters about the potential breeds for each dog.

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RCHS does not receive any support from the Humane Society of the United States. Nor do we receive any federal or state funding sources. We rely largely on donations, fundraisers and grants for our program activities. All donations are tax deductible

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