Everything You Need To Know To Find Your New Best Friend
JHS strives to match people with animals that fit their lifestyles. We take our mission to care for these animals very seriously, and that includes taking the time to find loving and responsible homes. We offer a wide selection of cats, dogs, puppies & kittens. If you don't see the pet you're looking for, we encourage you to continue to check regularly with all animal shelters and rescues.
Due to the number of animals that we receive and find homes for every day, we can not guarantee that specific animals listed on our site will be available when you visit. We are also unable to hold animals via phone, fax, or email. The best way to find a new furry companion is by visiting us in person...after all, you might be about to meet your new best friend!
How Does the Adoption Process Work?
We believe in an open, non-judgmental adoption process. We recognize that no one is perfect and try to match a person's pet expectations so fewer pets are returned. Under normal conditions the process is:
- Come in with your family and look around (fyi - no adoption will be started within 15 minutes of closing time).
- If you see a pet that you like, ask staff to meet the pet (if the pet is available to be taken out)
- Complete the adoption questionnaire.
- Complete all family/dog meets that are required
- After the meeting, go over what information we have on file about the pet and his/her past experience.
- Finish the process by having a conversation with our adoption staff.
- Most of our pets can go home the same day.
The standard adoption fee is $100 for dogs over 4mos of age. Cats and kittens are $90. Puppies less than 4 months of age are $120 and HERO PETS are $160.
These fees includes the animals spay/neuter, age appropriate vaccinations including rabies and de-worming, and a heartworm test for dogs over 6 mos of age. The fee also includes a microchip. Microchips help us reunite lost pets with their owners and insure that if lost, your pet will get home to you.
You can print you Dog Adoption Application or Cat Adoption Application and bring it with you to the shelter! You can also fax the application to us at 417-623-5343 or copy/paste and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not hear back from us within 4 hours, please call 417-623-3642 x 100. If we do not answer, leave a message with your name and contact information and let us know when you e-mailed or faxed the information.
See our dogs for adoption
All dogs over 6mos of age will receive a behavior assessment. Dogs are generally tested with dogs of their own size; and dog meets with the resident dogs are always encouraged. Although dogs may do well with other dogs here at the shelter, not all dogs like all other dogs. We do not procedurally test large dogs with cats. Our cat test should be used as a general purpose screening only to rule out overt aggression; we always recommend caution when introducing dogs to cats in the home. Recommendation on suitability of placement with children by their ages is based on behavioral observations including energy level and response to body handling. We never recommend leaving young children unsupervised with dogs, and we cannot guarantee the behavior of dogs with children, other pets or cats. Dogs are tested for food protection/aggression with people, but not with other dogs. We recommend feeding other dogs away from current pets and supervising new dogs and current dogs around toys as well. Behavior evaluations should be considered as a snapshot of the behavior of the dog at this point in time; JHS believes all dog families need to be prepared to invest time and energy into training as well as provide common sense management of their new dog. We always encourage family to do some research on the breeds or mixes of breeds prior to adoption as many can have some unique characteristics that may or may not fit into their families. Always remember that the majority of dogs at our shelter have been exposed to or may have kennel cough. Kennel cough is contagious to other dogs, please talk to your vet if you have any questions about kennel cough prior to adoption. Please ask your adoption counselor at time of adoption if you have any unanswered questions regarding illnesses and treatments of the pet that you are adopting. For more information about this dog or any others at our Shelter, please visit www.joplinhumane.org. We are the Joplin Humane Society in Joplin, Missouri. 417–623–3642
See our cats for adoption
We will not adopt a pet to anyone under the age of 18
We will not adopt to anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol
We reserve the right to decline any adoption based on the information provided, lack of information, inability to reach references, refusal by applicant to complete required pet/family meets, or if we feel the pet is not a match for the person's lifestyle.
No pets may leave the shelter until they are altered and have received their rabies vaccine. If you are traveling from a distance, we strongly advise calling to be sure the pet you are traveling to adopt is available and ready to leave.
We generally do not "hold"pets that are available to leave. Please understand that no animal can be help for any reason without an approved application.
If you are traveling from a distance and wish to have the pet held until you arrive, you must fill out and return the application, and confirm that your application has been approved. Applications can be e-mailed or faxed back to us for approval.
We generally only adopt one pet per adoptive family. Exceptions may be made for pets that came in as a pair, littermates (if approved for littermates) or special, unique circumstances. Under no circumstance will more than two pets be adopted at the same time.
JHS does reduce or waive adoption fees for a variety of reasons: Too many cats or kittens in the building, older and special needs pets that have a harder time finding homes, etc. Adoption Promotions are a fun way to engage the public and bring in potential adopters. Shelters remain the #4 way people obtain their pets.