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The animal must be spay/neutered prior to going to its new home. If the adopter elects to have the animal spay/neutered at their own veterinarian we will allow that provided the veterinarian is located in Okaloosa County. If the new owner elects to do this, we will transport the animal to the veterinarian on the day of their surgery and the owner can pick them up from their veterinarian.
Applicants must be at least
18 years old.
All members of the
household must be interviewed before an adoption is
approved. A pet is a family member and so all members of
the family need to be in agreement about when to adopt a
pet, and which pet to adopt.
Anyone renting or leasing
must have written permission from their landlord before an
adoption can be approved. Any restrictions regarding type
or size of animal must be noted.
We prefer that applicants
have lived at their current address for at least three
months. This is to make sure that owners have had time to
settle into their new surroundings, and have established a
stable routine before bringing a pet into the home.
Because pets have extremely sensitive noses, any
remodeling projects that involve chemicals and paint -
including the installation of carpet - should have been
completed well in advance of bringing a new pet home.
Please remember that any time of transition is probably
not a good time to adopt a pet.
We do not adopt out
"outdoor pets." Pets that are left outside to do
not bond as readily with their owners and are prone to
nuisance behaviors like barking, escaping, roaming,
digging, predatory behavior and other destruction. If
applicants currently have an "outdoor pet" their
adoption may be denied.
Applicants for dog
adoptions must have a yard that is fenced on all sides, or
a fenced kennel area. Dogs that do not have access to a
fenced-in area are much harder to housebreak and are more
likely to escape, roam and become a neighborhood nuisance.
Some dogs may require a fence of a certain type and
Because young puppies
require intensive training and care, we cannot place
puppies younger than four months of age in a home where
some is consistently absent from the home for long periods
Because of potential injury
and behavior/training concerns, we are very cautious when
placing very young pets (those younger than four months)
in homes with children under the age of five. Puppies and
kittens chew, scratch and nip, and children may be
unintentionally rough as well. We encourage adopters with
young children to consider adopting a dog or cat that is
at least four months of age.
If applicants have a dog at
home, they must bring their dog to the shelter to meet the
new pet before the adoption will be approved. We want to
make sure that their dog is happy with their selection and
that the transition for both dogs will be relatively
We cannot adopt out two
dogs at one time. Dogs need time to bond with their owners
one-on-one. Dogs that are adopted together will likely
look to one another for companionship and direction rather
than to their new owners.
All of our adoption
policies are in line with recommendations made by The
Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, and other
pet-welfare organizations nationwide and in our
community. In making decisions about the placement
of "our" animals, we are thinking not only of
their welfare, but also of the well-being of the families
who wish to adopt from us. We focus on making a good match
between pets and owners, not simply making a sale, and
sometimes means denying an adoption or requesting that
families wait before adopting if they are moving to a new
house, having a new baby, dealing with an older dog, or
are expecting some other major transitions in the new
We hope that you appreciate
our efforts to provide quality care to the thousands of
unwanted animals that find their way to PAWS each year,
and that we can count on your support.
Panhandle Animal Welfare
752 Lovejoy Road | Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548
(850) 664-0445 |