before you adopt
Before you commit to adopting your next 4-legged best friend, please ask yourself the following questions and ensure that you're setting both your new pet and yourself up for success and lifelong happiness.
Do you have time for a pet?
Dogs, cats, and other animal companions require daily exercise and interaction to be happy and healthy. Before adopting a pet, consider whether you will have enough time to provide the care they need.
Can you afford a pet?
The costs of pet ownership can be quite high. Veterinary care, grooming, food, toys, treats, cat litter, training classes, licenses, rental fees, and other expenses can add up quickly.
Are you prepared to deal with special problems that a pet can cause?
As a pet owner, it is important to be prepared for any problems that may arise with your new family member. Some of these situations include scratched/damaged furniture, accidents in the house while learning to be housetrained, barking, escaping from the yard, unexpected medical emergencies, etc.
Can you have a pet where you live?
Many rental properties and HOAs have restrictions on the amount, size, and/or breed of pets in their communities, or potentially don't allow pets at all. Most rental properties require a pet deposit and/or monthly fee to own a pet. Make sure you check with your property management or HOA to determine what restrictions are in place and whether you can afford any related fees.
Will you be a responsible pet owner?
As well as everything listed above, obeying community animal laws and keeping proper identification on your pets is part of being a responsible owner. All pet owners must abide by these laws and ordinances.
Finally, are you prepared to keep and care for the pet for his or her entire lifetime?
When you adopt a pet, you are making a commitment to care for the animal for his or her lifetime. For some animals, this can be upwards of 15 years. Make sure you are ready and able to make that commitment prior to adoption.
Ready to Adopt?
Sharing your home with a four-legged companion can be a rewarding and joyful experience. However, adopting a pet is a big decision that must be carefully considered. Dogs and cats require an emotional and financial commitment that can last longer than 15 years.
ADOPTION GUIDELINES AND FEES
We want to be sure that the animals in our care find loving forever homes. Therefore, we ask that those wanting to adopt a pet from our shelter adhere to the following guidelines:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Present a current government photo ID
- Provide the animal with proper care, including appropriate food, water, shelter, and medical care
- Never use or treat the animal in a cruel or inhumane manner
- Abide by all state, county, and local laws and ordinances regarding animals
- Agree that the City of Mont Belvieu is not responsible for any costs that this animal may incur after the time of adoption, including but not limited to veterinarian bills, supply costs, and property damage
- Understand that the medical history or status of any adoptable pet at Mont Belvieu Animal Shelter cannot be guaranteed, and that any medical issues that arise after the point of adoption are not the responsibility of the City of Mont Belvieu
- Provide proof of rabies vaccination for the adopted animal, if it has not already been completed, within seven (7) days of adoption if over the age of four (4) months
- Understand that adopted animals may be returned within 7 days of their adoption date, should the adoption be unsuccessful. Understand that in the event of a return of the adopted animal, adoption fees are non-refundable. Also understand that if a return of the animal is attempted after the return period of 7 days, the animal will be processed as an owner surrender and acceptance of owner surrenders is subject to available kennel space. A fee will apply to all accepted owner surrenders.