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-The Adoption Process- 

To start the adoption process, you will need to fill out an adoption application and be accepted as an adopter. 

You can fill out an application even before you decide which animal you want to adopt. In no way does it bind you to adopting from us, it just helps speed up the process for when you fall in love with your new furry friend! The Humane Society ONLY adopts to those with an approved adoption application. 

Please contact us at (205) 554-0011 (leave a message - this is an answering service only) or email for an appointment to meet an adoptable pet or for more info about our organization and our animals. Our Adoption Centers (we have one for dogs and one for cats) are homes for our healthy, adoptable animals.


There is a $125 adoption fee to help cover the vet costs for the shelter animals (payable at the time of adoption). All HSWA animals are vaccinated, spayed/neutered (if of age), and microchipped. 


-Why adopt from HSWA?-


The HSWA is a nonprofit, all volunteer, no kill animal rescue. We have been adopting out
wonderful dogs and cats to loving families for over 50 years!


Adoption fees are the lowest around!


Our dogs are mostly chosen from Metro Animal Shelter to help Metro cut down on their overcrowding. For your adoption fee, you adopt a dog who has been spayed/neutered,
immunized, microchipped, and has had heartworm testing and is currently on monthly
heartworm and flea/tick prevention. Each dog has begun training in the areas of house training,
basic commands, and socialization. Each adoptable dog is required to be in a free trial adoption for at least a week to help ensure that everyone in the household gets along and that there are no red flags. It really helps to cut down on returns! For the trial period, we provide all that is needed to the prospective adopter.


Each of our cats is fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and microchipped. They are tested for
Feline Leukemia and FIV and must test negative to come to the cat facility. Our beautiful cat
facility is “free roaming”, which means that the cats and kittens are not in cages. This is vital in
the socialization process so the cat you adopt will have experience with other cats prior to
adoption. This also gives us a chance to learn their individual “purrsonalities”, likes, and dislikes which helps us match the best person/family for the cat.


The adoption counselors are friends for life with the adopters! We are there to give advice
when needed, celebrate milestones, and grieve when the inevitable happens.


Your first step in the adoption process is to complete a dog or cat adoption application found
on this website. We will process your application, then reach out for a meet and greet with our
wonderful dogs or cats! Thank you for considering adoption.

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