how to adopt an animal

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How To Adopt

When you find an animal at the shelter that you feel will be compatible with your family you will be required to complete an Application For Adoption. Adoption of any animal is NOT automatic and not a foregone conclusion. As much as we wish the animals to be adopted out, the desire to adopt animals to stable, loving, and compatible homes is our primary goal.

Once you have completed the Application for Adoption, a “HOLD FOR ADOPTION” will be placed on the animal you are requesting to adopt. The application will be considered by the Adoption Committee and reviewed. Applications are usually finalized within 24 to 48 hours. All decisions of the adoptions committee are final.

As part of the application review process the Adoption Committee may request to inspect your home to ensure the conditions are right for the animal. Animals may require a fenced yard, outside run, kennel, or dog house etc.

Adoption Fees

Adult Dogs $250.00
Puppies $450.00
Adult Cats $100.00
Kittens $150.00

Where the Fort Smith Animal Society has had the animal vaccinated, and/or spayed/neutered, the cost of the vaccinations and spay or neutering may be added to the adoption fee. All animals are implanted with Avid Micro-chips for permanent identification at the time of adoption/placement and registered to the new owner at no additional cost.

The Fort Smith Animal Society may reimburse half the cost associate with the spay or neuter. The following conditions apply:

Intent to apply for the half reimbursement must be indicated and confirmed prior to the adoption taking place.

Spay or neutering must be done by Stickney Veterinary Services when they are in Fort Smith.

Spay or neutering must occur within the time frame specified in the Terms and Conditions of Adoption.

All other Terms and Conditions of Adoption have been fulfilled.

Presentation of a copy of receipt from Mackenzie Veterinary Services (or other licensed Veterinarian) showing the spay or neuter has occurred.

      Fort Smith Animal Society Terms and Conditions of Adoption

The staff of the Fort Smith Animal Society (FSAS) is very interested in finding the most suitable homes for our adoptable pets. In accepting this animal you must agree to be bound by the following rules and conditions:

    I understand that the FSAS reserves the right to refuse adoption of any animal for any reason to any person. Reasons for rejection/refusal of adoption applications are not required to be given.

    Adoption to out of town college students and those in college housing is prohibited.

    There will be no animals adopted to anyone under the age of 18 years.

    There will be no animals adopted out to anyone appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

    Adoptions will be refused during the Christmas holiday season.

    I understand that the FSAS cannot guarantee the health, temperament or training of the animal herein applied for and will not be responsible for the nature or the condition of the adopted animal after it leaves the Society’s care.

    I realize that no animal will be adopted out for any purpose other than as a household pet.

    I agree to provide the animal with a good home, proper care, and kindly treatment throughout its life.

    I assume all risks of injury to, from, or loss of my pet.\I am aware that the society will not release an animal to persons under 18 years of age.

Adoption Application Form For Cat PDF
Adoption Application Form For Dog PDF

See a great success story!

Click here to see some of the many dogs and cats from Fort Smith who have already been successfully adopted. (Link takes you to Petfinder)


Success Stories: Sam - Read the heartwarming story of one of our latest successful adoptions.

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