N6217 Busse Drive • Green Lake, WI 54941 • (920) 294-3042 • adopt@glaas.org
N6217 Busse Drive • Green Lake, WI 54941 • (920) 294-3042 • adopt@glaas.org

Adoption Policies

The goal of Green Lake Area Animal Shelter, Ltd. (GLAAS) is to place pets in suitable, compassionate, permanent homes. Therefore, we strictly follow the requirements listed below.


No person under the age of 18 may adopt a pet.


All adults living in the household must have knowledge of and consent to the adoption.


All animals in the adopter’s household must be spayed or neutered and have an appropriate health care history prior to taking home the new pet.  In cases where the potential adopter’s pets have an inconsistent or incomplete health care or vaccination history, the applicant may be asked to either bring current their pets’ health care, or provide a letter from their veterinarian validating their pets’ current status as appropriate and sufficient.  Each adoption and requirements thereof will be handled on a case by case basis and at the discretion of GLAAS Staff and / or the Shelter Manager.


All potential adopters must complete an Adoption Questionnaire, as well as a Cat or Dog Questionnaire, which will then be reviewed and processed by a member of G.L.A.A.S. staff.  G.L.A.A.S. does not approve adoptions on a first-come, first-served basis.  Adoption approval is based on what is in the best interest of the pet.


All adoptions will be held for a minimum of 24 hours to check landlord, veterinarian, and personal references, confirm home ownership, and to ensure that impulse decisions are not being made.  This 24-hour hold may only be waived at the discretion of the Shelter Manager.


HSUS guidelines read “Puppies and kittens should be at least four months of age before being placed in homes where there are children under six years of age.  Health and humane authorities agree that a young child usually cannot be expected to handle a puppy or kitten properly.  Mishandling is likely to result in injury to the animal, the child, or both.”  For this reason, Shelter Staff or the Shelter Manager may require a visit from the whole family before approving the adoption.


Landlord approval will be obtained for all potential adopters who rent.  Potential adopters that have lived at their current address for 6 months or less may be asked to provide previous rental history and landlord contact information for up to 3 years.  This is to ensure a permanent home for the pet.


Adoption fees are to be considered a donation, and are therefore not refundable.  The Shelter Manager will evaluate exceptions on an individual basis.


Misrepresentation of information on the Adoption Questionnaire may be reason for denial of adoption.


Exceptions to the above policies are made at the discretion of the Shelter Manager.  The Green Lake Area Animal Shelter is a private organization and reserves the right to approve or deny adoptions at will.


This policy effective January, 2010.  Reviewed and Revised October 16th, 2017.

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