Adoption FAQs

What are H.A.L.O.’s adoption fees and what do they cover?

There is a one-time, NON-REFUNDABLE application fee of $25 for ANY adoption application. Our adoption fees range from $125-$275 for dogs and $60-$75 for cats. Adoption fees for other types of animals vary. Our adoption fees help cover our cost for spaying/neutering, all vaccinations, heartworm testing, fecal testing, microchipping, full blood panels, urinalysis, and dental if needed. Our adoption fees alone do not cover basic veterinary costs incurred.

What is the adoption process at H.A.L.O.?

We try to make the adoption process as smooth as possible. Once you determine which pet you would like to adopt, there is an application with a $25 hold fee. If you rent we do need to verify the pet is ok with your landlord. If you have other pets, we will call your vet to ensure they are cared for. If you are adopting a dog and have another dog, we will set a meet and greet at the shelter with H.A.L.O. trainer/handlers to ensure they are a good fit. If you are a first time pet owner or we feel you would benefit from further instruction on bringing your new rescue pet home, we will set a home visit that is convenient with your schedule.

How long will it take before I bring my adopted pet home?

We try to get every adopted pet home as soon as possible. In most cases it can take up to a week from the day you submit the application.

What vaccinations has my adopted pet received?

All dogs are vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza. Pets over 5 months old also receive their Rabies vaccination and Indian River County tags (dogs and cats.) The Rabies vaccine is a requirement by the State of Florida and you MUST register your new pet with your county. Please check the laws in your county regarding registration procedures and costs.

Why does my adopted pet have to be spay/neutered?

Our goal at H.A.L.O. is to save as many lives as possible and reduce shelter intake of homeless pets. Nearly 70,000 puppies are born in the United States every day and only 25% of those puppies will find loving homes. Five million are euthanized in shelters every year which equals one every 6.5 seconds. Decreasing the overpopulation of abandoned and abused animals is our highest priority. By spaying/neutering, we are ensuring better health for your pet and decreasing future accidental pregnancies.

What if my puppy/kitten is too young to be spayed/neutered or to receive the rabies vaccination?

At H.A.L.O. all pets are fixed before adoption. If there is a vet recommended special circumstance, you will be given a voucher. This voucher allows you to take your adopted pet to our veterinarian to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated at no additional cost to you. You will also sign a contract at the time of adoption guaranteeing to follow the advice of our veterinarian and timely altercation of your adopted pet when he/she is ready. If you go against our contract, we do have the right to take the pet back.

When should I take my adopted pet to the vet?

Your adopted pet should be taken for a wellness check within one month from the time of adoption. At the time of adoption from H.A.L.O., you will receive a complimentary office visit with your pet’s veterinarian, or you may choose to take your adopted pet to a veterinarian of your choice at your cost. We make every effort to ensure you a happy and healthy adopted pet. If your new pet is exhibiting any symptoms of illness upon coming home, use your free exam to address these problems with the veterinarian. Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict future health problems. If the animal becomes ill and you are unable to incur the costs of veterinary care, please return the pet to H.A.L.O. We will ensure he/she receives all care needed.

What do I do if I am no longer able to keep my adopted pet?

It is our sincerest hope that you and your new family member are a perfect match. If for any reason you are no longer able to keep your pet, you may return him/her to us within fourteen (14) days from the date of your adoption contract and we will gladly refund your adoption fee (less the $25 application fee.) If you cannot keep the animal for any reason AFTER the fourteen (14) days, we do require that you return the pet to us, but we are not able to refund the adoption fee at that time.

What are heartworms and how do I prevent them?

Heartworm disease is a parasitic infection that can affect any dog regardless of age, sex, or habitat. Heartworm disease is found in virtually all parts of the United States and many parts of Canada and is spread by mosquitoes. Because of this, the disease tends to have a higher incidence in areas heavily populated by mosquitoes. Heartworms live in the blood of a dog’s heart and adjacent blood vessels. They can grow from four to twelve inches in length, reach maturation one year after infection and live for approximately five to seven years. Adult heartworms produce offspring, known as microfilariae, which circulate in the animal’s blood. When a female mosquito bites an infected animal, it sucks blood containing the microfilariae. When the mosquito bites another pet, the infected larvae are transmitted. In many cases the infected dog will not show symptoms in the early stages of the disease process. Heartworms are the most serious common parasite for dogs because they stress the dog’s heart by restricting blood flow and also damage other internal organs. The heart may enlarge and become weakened due to an increased workload, and congestive heart failure may occur. Left untreated, the disease can be fatal to dogs. Blood screening tests can verify the presence of heartworms and radiographs and x-rays are used to detect the disease in its later stages. H.A.L.O. treats over 100 heartworm cases each year and requires you to keep your rescued pet on Heartworm Prevention. Don’t wait… it may be too late!

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