Falling in love with a pet is easy and pet ownership is very rewarding. Adopting a pet, however, is a big decision. Dogs and cats require a lot of time, money, and commitment. Al-Van Humane Society encourages you to think through your decision before you adopt a companion animal. We will gladly help you find an animal that's likely to be a good fit for your lifestyle and living arrangements.

Things to Consider

Because you are considering adoption from an animal shelter (such as Al-Van Humane Society) we know you are a responsible and caring person. Here are some things to consider before you make that decision to bring a furry friend into your life:

Why do you want a pet? It's amazing how many people do not ask themselves this simple question. Adopting a pet just because it's "the thing to do" or the children have been wanting a puppy can be a mistake. A pet is a long commitment--10, 15, even 20 years.

Do you have time for a pet? Dogs, cats, and other animal require food, water, exercise, care, and companionship every day of every year. Many animals in the shelter are there because their owners didn't realize how much time it took to care for them.

Is your pet a good fit with your family? Please bring your entire family to the shelter to meet your new pet and make sure everyone gets along well. That includes not only children (some pets don't do well with young children), but your canine family members as well. Al-Van can host "pet meets" outside the shelter if the weather is cooperative.

Can you have a pet where you live? Pets may not be allowed at many rental properties or they may have restrictions. Make sure you know what they are before you bring a companion animal home.

Are you prepared to deal with special problems that a pet can cause? Flea infestations, scratched-up furniture, accidents from animals that aren't yet house trained, and unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but common aspects of pet ownership.

Is it a good time for you to adopt a pet? Pets like a predictable routine, and your routine is changing--perhaps because of a new job, a new house, a new member of the family--waiting until you settle down is wise.

Are your living arrangements suitable for the animal you have in mind? Animal size is not the only variable to think about here. For example, some small dogs such as terriers are very active—they require a great deal of exercise to be calm and often bark at any noise. On the other hand, some big dogs are quite content to lie on a couch all day.

Before adopting, ask yourself all of the above questions and feel free to discuss these issues with us.  If after you have looked at our adoptable pets on PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet, and you would like to complete an adoption application, you may come to the shelter at 73303 8th Avenue, South Haven, MI 49090, or fill it out online.

Adoption Fees:

Un-spayed or Un-neutered Dogs and Puppies - $60 plus a $30 State Law Required Spay/Neuter Deposit

Spayed or Neutered Dogs and Puppies - $110

Un-Spayed or Un-neutered Cats and Kittens - $15 plus a $25 State Law Required Spay/Neuter Deposit

Spayed or Neutered Cats and Kittens - $50