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Think you are ready to adopt a new pet? It's easy to fall in love but please don't adopt on a whim!

  • Visit SJBHS (perhaps several times)
  • Take your time and visit our dog kennels and cat cages
  • Do not be afraid to ask questions and discuss your concerns
  • With the assistance of one of our volunteers or staff, spend time with the pet you are interested in
  • Plan on spending at least 30 minutes or more to socialize the animal
  • Begin the adoption process by completing an application
  • References will be contacted and verified
  • Application will be approved or denied
  • Adoption Contract is completed and fees are collected
  • Your new pet is ready for its forever home

Raising a pet is a lifetime commitment that takes a considerable amount of time and money. In fact, many of the animals we see at the shelter are there by no fault of their own, but because of changes at the pet's former home such as divorce, downsizing or because the family didn't realize the expense and energy that went into raising a pet.

Available Pets
Please take the time to look at Our Available Animals and do some research on what type of pet will be best for you before filling out our Adoption Application.

Adoption Requirements

It is the goal of the SJBHS to find a good match for all of our adoptable animals. In that effort, we screen every home before we approve an adoption. In general, SJBHS uses the following guidelines when determining the status of an applicant for adoption, with the understanding that if there is a questionable application, the Executive Director will make the final decision on adoption and may choose to approve applications that fall outside of these general guidelines.

In general, SJBHS does NOT adopt to:

  • Homes in which other animals are not current on vaccinations and are not altered

  • Homes that have previously given away an animal


 Several veterinary clinics honor St. Joseph Bay Humane Society spay and neuter certificates. The current list is shown below. Adoption fees includes shots, rabies, worming and spay/ neuter costs. (Call for current cost.) If the animal is not yet old enough to be spayed/neutered, a deposit will be required until the procedure is done. Veterinary services are rising in prices. It’s always recommended that the veterinary clinic be called first to get a complete understanding of possible charges.

Albert Byas, DVM, Agape Animal Hospital, Port St Joe, FL-

Steven Collier, DVM, Parkway Animal Hospital, Callaway, FL 32404 – 763-8387

Hobson Fulmer, DVM, Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic, Eastpoint, FL 32328 – 670-8306


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