Before you adopt, careful consideration must be given to the responsibilities of pet ownership. The Animal Shelter adopts dogs and cats, puppies and kittens to the general public. All adopted animals are required to be spayed or neutered pursuant to Michigan law. Individuals must sign a spay/neuter contract at the time of adoption which entitles them to spay/neuter specials and discounts with participating veterinarians.
Adoption fees are $25 for unaltered animals and $30 for altered animals.There is also a spay/neuter deposit required for in county residents of $30 and out of county residents are required to pay a $35 deposit for unaltered animals.
The Shelter, located at 323 North M 62, Cassopolis, Michigan, will be open to the public for viewing of animals
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Adoption policies will be strictly enforced to ensure that all animals adopted through the Cass County Animal Shelter will be treated humanely and placed in a home with responsible pet owners only.
Information regarding the adopter of any animal from the Cass County Animal Shelter is regarded as confidential and will not be released without a court order.
Adopters must obey all state and county laws pertaining to animals. A copy of the Cass County Animal laws is provided to anyone making the request for this information.
To comply with designated dates for rabies inoculations and county animal licensure.
To have the new pet examined by a licensed veterinarian within three (3) days of its' adoption to ensure its' present and future health.
To provide proper food, proper water and proper shelter (when pet is outdoors). Proper shade must be provided in the summer months.
To keep the pet as their own. If you can no longer keep the pet, you should contact the Cass County Animal Shelter. Placement options for your pet will be discussed with you.
To keep the pet well groomed and make every effort to keep it free of parasites.
In addition, all adopted dogs must wear collars with identification tags, rabies and license tags. If the animal is lost, a tag is the best way to reunite the animal with its' owner. We recommend microchipping as a permanent identification.
A fenced yard is ideal for all dogs. This protects the dog from roaming and owners from liability that their loose animal can cause. Dogs should never be left unattended in a yard. Chaining, except for brief periods, is not recommended. Dogs will not be placed in homes where they will be allowed to run at large.
Currently owned animals must be licensed and be up to date on required inoculations.
The adoption of very small dogs or potentially aggressive dogs will be discouraged to homes with young children.
Each cage will display a card with all pertinent information completed and show the date the animal is available for adoption.
The Cass County Animal Shelter reserves the right to deny any adoption based on previous Animal Control records and/or a Pre-adoption questionnaire.
If an adopted animal dies, then the owner must notify Animal Control in a timely manner.
Animals Offered For Adoption
All adoptable animals are offered on a first come, first serve basis. Except individuals traveling in excess of 40 miles, with prior arrangements.
Adoptable animals will be identified as "For Adoption".
The specified adoption fee must be paid at the time of adoption.
All adopters are given the following:
A copy of the condensed animal control laws of Cass County will be provided to County residents.
Starter kits and care brochures.
Stray animals have a holding time, if not claimed by an owner at the end of that time, the animal shall be deemed abandoned and become the property of the Cass County Animal Shelter. The stray animal will then either be offered for adoption or humanely euthanized.
No adoptable animal has a guaranteed holding time.
Animals Not For Adoption
Animals that have exhibited vicious tendencies will not be available for adoption.
Wolf Hybrids and wild animals will not be offered for adoption.
When identified as pregnant, these animals are not normally identified as for adoption. Individuals wishing to adopt pregnant animals will be required to seek immediate spay of the animal at the adopter's expense.
This policy will be strictly enforced to ensure that all animals adopted through the Cass County Animal Shelter will be treated humanely and placed in home with responsible pet owners only. Persons seeking to adopt an animal through the Cass County Animal Shelter may be required to complete a pre-adoption questionnaire. The following policy has been implemented in regards to person who are ineligible to adopt animals from the shelter.
Any person who has been found guilty of abandonment or cruelty to animals are ineligible to adopt animals from the shelter.
Any person who has turned over custody of an animal to the Cass County Animal Shelter may be ineligible to adopt animals from the shelter.
Any person, who in the opinion of a licensed Veterinarian, has cruelly treated, abused or neglected an animal is ineligible to adopt animals from the shelter..
Any person with a past history of animal control problems/complaints/violations is ineligible to adopt animals from the shelter..
Any person under the age of 18, unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian is ineligible to adopt animals from the shelter.
Any person not owning their residence may be required to provide proof, in writing from the landlord that they have permission to have animal on the property.
No animal will be adopted as a gift for another person.
Any person violating the spay/neuter contract is ineligible to adopt animals from the shelter.