About the Humane Society of Jefferson County
The mission of the Humane Society of Jefferson County is to care for the lost, homeless and abused animals of Jefferson County, help place them in forever homes, and work to inspire kinder and more humane communities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is your shelter a "no kill" shelter?
The Humane Society of Jefferson County is best described as an “open admission” shelter. We take in all animals regardless of factors affecting adoptability including age, health and temperament. We never turn away a stray animal from a contracted municipality. Animals who are severely injured or have a serious disease from which they cannot recover may be euthanized if it is the most humane option to end their suffering. Animals who are aggressive to the point of posing a serious threat to humans may also be euthanized. The decision to euthanize is always heartbreaking and is never made lightly. Fortunately, it is not a decision we are often called upon to make. The vast majority of our animals stay with us until they are placed in good homes, with no time limit on how long they may remain at the shelter before being adopted.
Since you are called the Humane Society of Jefferson County, do you receive funding from the county or any other government agency?
No. The shelter receives no county or other government funding. We are a private, non-profit organization funded by our contracts with individual municipalities for stray animal pick-up, donations, bequests and fundraising events.
How do I begin the adoption process?
Visit the “Adopt” section of our website to see our available pets and fill out an application. The application approval process takes about 1-3 business days, if information on the application is complete and your veterinarian or landlord can be contacted.
Are all of your pets spayed or neutered before adoption?
Yes. In 2005 we made the financial commitment to spay and neuter dogs, cats and rabbits before adoption.
Do you need volunteers?
Yes! The shelter has many opportunities to volunteer both in the shelter and at outside events. Please visit the “Volunteer” section on this website for more information.
How long do you keep animals before they are euthanized?
There is no time limit or “ticking clock” for any of our animals. As long as an animal is happy and healthy and we have space, the animal will stay until it finds a home. We have not had space-related euthanasia for several years, and once we are in our new facility we will have even more space in which to house the many homeless pets who come through our door. While most animals are adopted fairly soon after becoming available, some stay with us for many months before finding a home. A few have been with us for a year or more before being adopted, and we are very pleased that we can provide a long-term sanctuary for animals who may need some extra time to find loving homes.
Do you have a no cost or low cost spay/neuter program?
At the present time, we do not have the resources to spay/neuter any owned pets. We perform surgery here only on HSJC animals with the assistance of a mobile veterinarian. However, there are other organizations around the area that do provide these services. Please visit the “Resources” section of our website for more information on organizations currently providing low or no-cost spay/neuter services.
Do you adopt to people out of your county and/or state?
As long as we are able to verify all the necessary information from your application, we will adopt animals to individuals who live in other counties or states.