Adoptions

Ready for a new family member?

1. Get to know the animals.

 

Have a particular type of pet in mind? Check out our adoptable pets above or come see us at the shelter to visit our furbabies. We encourage you to spend as much time as necessary to make the right choice for you and the pet. Our staff will provide as much background and behavioral information as available. Many of our animals are strays so we only know as much about them as we have observed in the shelter. You are more than welcome to visit more than once to ensure you are making the right decision. We do provide a private meet and greet room for potiential adopters and an outside play area for you and your other pets. We encourage a preliminary meeting before any decisions are made for compatibility.

 

2. Adoption application

 

Once you have decided on the right furry member for your family, take the next step and complete the Adoption Application.

An application for a specific pet can be accessed by clicking on the "adopt" button in the pet's profile within the search page.

Below is a printable adoption application that you can either fax, mail, or bring with you if the online option is not desired. Remember adoptions are a first come, first qualified basis. Please answer the questions completely and honestly to help ensure the right match for you and the pet. We want our adoptions to be forever!

 

 

3. Sign the contract

 

After your application has been approved, the director will review additional paperwork to complete the adoption process. This paperwork includes vaccination and medical history. You will then will be asked to sign a contract. Please read the contract carefully and ask questions to ensure you agree with the information.

 

4. Adoption fees

 

Our adoption fees are explained below. Fees includes spay/neuter and vaccinations. 

 

5. Follow up

We want to ensure a "happy tail" for you and your new pet, so don't feel like you are on  your own once the adoption is complete. We encourage you to contact us with any concerns or issues that arise.

 

6. Happy tails

Please send us updates and photos of your new furry family member. We love to see our animals in their new home. Check out our Facebook page for stories like yours.

SHELTER ADOPTION FEES

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We use a flexible fee assignment when determing adoption fees. We take into account the pet’s breed, size and age.  Certain pets are general while others are in higher demand, making their fees above average.

 

 

 Other types of dogs and cats are more common, are older, or have special needs. A variable fee structure that assigns higher fees to certain high-demand animals ensures we have the funds to provide for other animals that have special needs and/or a more difficult time finding a new home.


At times, special concessions are made to our flexible adoption fee pricing. We will have a special needs pet that may need an accelerated adoption or a pet may have a donor that has covered the adoption fee already making that fee waived for qualifying applicants. We may have a highly desirable pet that will be assigned a higher adoption fee to offset the cost of our longer term residents. In any case, any adoption fee collected helps in recovering funds used for the care for all shelter pets while waiting for a new home, as well as medical, housing, vaccinations and transportation costs. 

 

In most cases, an adoption fee for a dog/puppy will be $95.00 and cats/kittens will be $65.00. Please refer to the pets profile for the adoption fee that has been assigned in its specific circumstance.

If a shelter pet is not altered at the time of adoption because of age, then there is an additional state mandatory deposit of $50.00 that is returned upon proof of alteration. This deposit may be higher in some cases depending on the breed. Spay or neutering cost are covered by the shelter if done at a participating veterinarian. 

ADOPTION REQUIREMENTS

-Be 18 years of age or older
-Provide picture I.D. showing your present address

-Provide consent of your landlord (if applicable)

-Provide Vet/personal references

-Establish that you have the proper environment to care for the pet

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Please Note: Fhhas and it's staff reserve the right to refuse adoption to anyone. No animal will be adopted to prospective adopters who mislead or fail to provide accurate information on the application.

© 2019 by Frances H. Hensley Animal Shelter

Frances Halbrook Hensley

Animal Shelter

78 Mig Dr

Lexington, Tennessee 38351

P 731.249.9443  F 731.249.9428

Fhh.animalshelter1@gmail.com

Open to the Public

Tuesday - Friday

11 am to 5 pm

Saturdays

11 am to 3 pm

Closed Sunday & Monday

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