Adopt from A.N.N.A.
Thank you for considering A.N.N.A. in your search for a companion animal. We make every effort to ensure that the experience will be positive for you, your household members and the animal. If you choose to adopt from us, you will be asked to sign a Guardianship Pledge confirming your intent to provide suitable housing and care for the animal for its lifetime. A.N.N.A. reserves the legal right to make followup phone calls and home visits to ensure the well-being of adopted animals.
Cat and kitten adoptions
Adoptions from foster homes
Many of our cats and kittens are cared for in loving foster homes. For appointments to see specific animals, please call Theresa at (607) 659-3491 or e-mail us.
Note: Adoption inquiries only. DO NOT call to inquire about placing an animal in the shelter or for any other purpose.
Please review the adoption form before committing to an adoption. If you wish, you may print and fill out the form and bring it with you to the shelter.
A donation of $75 to $100 is asked for kittens age 6 months and younger. For cats 7 months and older, a donation of $60 to $100 is asked. Donations are non-refundable. Any animal that has not been spayed or neutered prior to adoption must have arrangements made for this required surgery. If you have the surgery performed by your personal veterinarian, you must bring in or mail us a copy of the certificate verifying that the procedure has been completed. A.N.N.A. reserves the right to repose any animal not spayed/neutered, per the contract date, for any adopted animal. Vaccinations and routine checks for worms, ear mites and contagious diseases are included in the adoption fees.
Taking Kitty home
Your new cat may be one of those rare animals who makes herself right at home anywhere. If so, you're fortunate! Most cats take time to adapt to new people and environments. This is especially true of shelter animals, many of whom have been terrified by their recent misfortunes. The following suggestions come from veterinarians and volunteers who provide foster homes for cats.
- Kitty may be very upset at first. She will want to hide, and she might hiss and swat. Be patient and DO NOT chase or scold her! The behavior will decrease gradually as she becomes comfortable with you and her new surroundings.
- Confine her to one room for a few days. Limit her hiding places but allow her one covered spot such as a small table with a sheet over it. If possible, set up a screen in the doorway so she can watch you. Do not give her full run of the house until you are sure she is eating normally and using the litter.
- She may not eat for a day or two, and when she does start eating, she may vomit. If she isn't eating or keeping food down within 48 hours, call us.
- DO NOT try to pet or handle her when she is scared. Sit as near as she will allow and wait for her to approach you. Talk quietly to her. Once she trusts you, she'll rub against you and maybe even sit in your lap.
- Start playing with her as soon as you can get close enough. Try a variety of toys: a string dragged on the floor, small balls or pom poms, feather toys, streamers, etc. The more she plays, the friendlier she will become!
- DO NOT try to introduce her to guests, especially small children. Let her hide if she wants to when you have company.
- DO NOT leave her alone in the house or with an unfamiliar petsitter for extended periods until she is fully settled in.
- If you have other pets, don't introduce them until Kitty is comfortable in her new home. For the first few days, keep a closed door between them. Exchange bowls, beds, toys, etc. so they get used to each others' scent. Next, let them look at each other through a screen or gate. When they consistently sniff each other and walk away without hissing, growling or swatting, it is usually safe to let them meet. They should not have unsupervised contact until you are certain they are getting along. NOTE: Cats play rough! They wrestle, chase each other and have mock battles. During play, they may appear to bite or swat, but their claws are sheathed and there is no actual hostility. Hissing, growling, puffed tails, laid-back ears and arched backs are signs of a real fight, and they can injure each other very quickly if it is not stopped.
Dog and puppy adoptions
Adoptions from foster homes
Many of our dogs and puppies are cared for in loving foster homes. For information on specific animals, please e-mail us or call the Theresa at (607) 659-3491.
Note: This phone line is for adoption inquiries only. DO NOT call to inquire about placing an animal in the shelter or for any other purpose.
Please review the adoption form before committing to an adoption. If you wish, you may print and fill out the form and bring it with you to adoption day.
A donation of $100 to $150 is suggested. Any animal that has not been spayed or neutered prior to adoption must have arrangements made to perform this required surgery. A $75 spay/neuter deposit is required. This deposit will be returned to the adopter if their personal veterinarian performs the spay/neuter surgery and provides proof of having done so.
All companion animals, if old enough, are spayed or neutered, de-wormed and up to date on all vaccinations. They are also checked and treated for fleas, ticks, ear mites and contagious diseases. These procedures are performed either when the animal first arrives at the shelter or as soon as possible after adoption. Your adoption donation helps to cover the cost of this essential veterinary care.
Post-adoption veterinary care is the responsibility of the animal's new owner. However, there are instances when A.N.N.A. may be able to provide medications or other assistance for animals with medical conditions that are known to us prior to adoption. We will advise you if an animal is eligible for such assistance.
Special Offer for Senior Citizens
Older animals, even those in the best of health, often fare poorly in shelters and have difficulty finding homes. Many senior citizens love animals but are reluctant to adopt because of concerns about their longterm ability to provide care. In response to both needs, A.N.N.A. has developed the Seniors for Seniors program. We offer a number of incentives to make it easy and inexpensive for senior citizens to acquire older companion animals. If you'd love to have an animal companion and you are over age 65, call us at (607) 659-3491 and ask about Seniors for Seniors.