Meet Your Best Friend
imageYour beloved companion-to-be may be waiting for you at this very minute at the Freeborn County Humane Society.

Adoption Applications

For your convenience, you may choose to complete an Adoption Application Form before visiting us. Our application process includes checking references.

Fill out our "online application", OR download the form from our website, print it, and either e-mail, mail or deliver the application to our shelter. This will enable you to be pre-approved before you start looking, if you like.   Thank you for your interest!

Online Cat Adoption Application

Online Dog Adoption Application

Downloadable Cat & Dog Applications (pdf)

Adoption Goal

Our adoption goal is to find the most suitable, permanent home for a shelter animal in our care.  The matching of animal and family is not always easy. The adopted pet must fit into the new environment. Some pets require lots of exercise or space and would not do well in a small apartment. Not all pets get along with children. We want to make sure that pets and their new owners are happy living together.

If we deny your application for an animal, please remember that we are not implying that you would be a bad companion animal owner; we only have concluded that another home is better able to meet that animal’s needs.

If your application was approved for a different pet, we encourage you to let us help you select a more suitable animal. It is our great pleasure to bring adoptive families and animals together, and we will do our very best to make your adoption experience a smooth and satisfactory one.

Please note: A pet can not be selected for someone else without their knowledge and approval. Pet ownership is a major responsibility and must be carefully considered by the owner. Instead of giving a pet as a surprise gift, bring that special someone to one of our adoption events and see what happens.

Adoption Process

Visit our shelter during open hours to view and interact with our cats and dogs. Complete a 2-page adoption application before or during the visit. Enter the pet's name you wish to adopt on the first page of the application in the space provided. If You leave the pet name unfilled on the form your application will still be processed but any approval would be considered "conditionally approved" and may not be considered for all pets. Please consider this if you are traveling a distance.

After you submit the completed application, shelter management will process the application, research references, and provide you with an adoption status of approved, conditionally approved, or denied.

All members of the household are encouraged to come in and spend time with the animal while the application is being processed, including your four-legged household members, to ensure that the new pet is compatible.

The average wait time to process an application varies per applicant and animal, it is typically two days but could be up to one week.

When your application is approved, return to the shelter when the animal is available and pay the adoption fee for your companion animal. Make checks available to "Humane Society of Freeborn County."

Please bring a leash and collar for adult dogs or a secure companion animal carrier for cats, kittens, and puppies.

Enjoy your new companion animal. If you have any problems or questions, please give us a call. Thank you for giving one of our furry friends a second chance.