FAQs | Humane Society Waterville Area | Waterville, ME

Why adopt a pet from the shelter?

Adopting saves lives and money! Shelter pets cost less than ones from pet stores and breeders. All our pets are spayed/neutered, and fully vetted.

What does “fully vetted” mean?

HSWA pets are current and up to date on all vaccinations.

How much does it cost to adopt a cat, dog or pocket pet from HSWA?

Dog adoption fees, which include puppy shots, lab tests for Heartworm, Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis, worming, flea treatment, microchipping and spay/neuter surgery, are as follows:

Puppies  8 weeks-6 mo:     $299
Young Dogs 6 mo-3 years: $249
Adult Dogs 4-7 years:        $199
Elder Dogs 8+ years:          $ 99

Cat adoption fees include kitten shots, lab tests for FIV and FeLV, worming, flea treatment and spay/neuter surgery and are as follows:

Kittens: 8 wks-6 mo:     $125 ($199 for two)
Young Cats: 6 mo-1 yr:  $ 99 ($150 for two)
Adult Cats:  2-7 yrs:       $ 75 ($100 for two)
Elder Cats: 8+ yrs           $ 25

Pocket Pet adoption fees are as follows:

Rabbits:        $20
Guinea Pigs:  $15
Hamsters:     $10
Chinchillas:   $50 (pair or trio of same sex only)
Rats:             $10
Ferrets:         $50
Mice:             $ 5 (for pets only)

Special discounts are available on some hard to place pets

An additional donation of $50 may be requested for highly adoptable pets


What pets do you have for adoption?

HSWA adopts out companion pets. We have cats, dogs and pocket pets. Pocket pets can be ferrets, guinea pigs, chinchillas, rats, hamsters and mice.

Do you offer discounted adoption fees?

We occasionally run promotions. Our first priority is to place our animals in the best homes as affordably as possible. We charge adoption fees in order to provide all the shelter animals the necessary care each one needs and deserves. We also solicit donations from patrons to help offset the rising cost of medical and routine vet care.

Do you put animals on hold?

HSWA does not hold an animal. If you put an application in on a shelter pet and cannot take it the same day, the application will hold the animal until 10AM the next business day.

What is my new pet’s background history?

Unfortunately, when an animal is surrendered to HSWA, we are unable to obtain many details about his or her past. Many animals are brought to us as a stray by a citizen or ACO (Animal Control Officer). Often times we have to rely on what our staff observes in the shelter setting.

What is a “meet and greet”?

If you are considering adding another dog to your household, HSWA encourages you to bring in any dog currently living in your home to meet the shelter dog before adoption. We also encourage you to bring in a dog it may be spending long periods of time with.

What does it cost to own a pet?

ASPCA has a breakdown of cost of their website www.aspca.org/adopt/pet-care-costs. All HSWA shelter animals are already spayed/neutered before adoption.

What should I feed my new pet? What is he or she used to eating at the shelter?

Our animals get canned wet and dry food as we receive them from donations. We recommend that dogs and cats at their new homes are feed a food that has meat listed as the primary ingredient and not a filler, like corn or a grain. Our pocket pets get fed species-specific pellets, vegetables and other treats.

Does my new pet come with a microchip?

An animal with a microchip is more likely to be returned to its family than one without a microchip. HSWA will microchip your new pet at the time of adoption. Microchips can also be provided post adoption for $25.

Why do you recommend Pet Health Insurance?

Pet Health Insurance helps to avoid out of pocket expenses if your pet should become sick or injured. HSWA has teamed up with 24Pet Watch Pet Insurance to offer you and your new pet a free first month of pet health insurance with your adoption. Please see their website for more information. http://www.24petwatch.com/US/Pet_Insurance/About_Pet_Insurance.aspx

Why does my pet need to see the vet within 7 days of adoption?

HSWA asks that you take your new pet to meet your vet within 7 days of adoption. We want to make sure your veterinarian and you are able to develop baseline data on the health and condition of your pet immediately after adoption. This allows both you and your vet to be familiar with your pet and a better ability to diagnose and treat should your animal become hurt or ill.

Where can I take my new pet for veterinary care?

See our list of area veterinarians.

What do I do if my new pet becomes sick or injured?

If you think your pet is sick or injured, contact your veterinarian immediately. If it is an emergency, contact an emergency clinic or area veterinarians.

Where can I get animal behavioral help?

We recommend consulting a dog trainer for behavioral advice. HSWA has a professional dog trainer, Patrick Lavallee. Patrick’s website is http://bck9training.com/. Contact us at 873-2430 to inquiry about our on-going classes and individual sessions.