Wilson County Humane Society
Spotlight on an Adoptable Friend
Who We Are
WCHS is an unsheltered humane society with no permanent office. Our members are concerned about the care and well-being of animals in Wilson County. We are an all-volunteer, state-registered 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping animals. No officers or members are compensated. We receive no funds from any federal, state or local government agency.
Three or four times a year we mail out a newsletter which features animal-related articles, news about different activities we have had over the previous months, as well as a list of all memorials received.
OUR NEXT ADOPT-A-THON
We have an adoption event at the Wilson Petsmart at Heritage Crossing on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. Come and meet our volunteers and wonderful cats and dogs needing homes!
We have quarterly meetings in various locations. Meetings are open and we welcome all who are interested! Time and place of meetings will be sent out to members on the email list. If you would like to be added to the email list, please contact Holly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meetings will also be posted on this site one week prior.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We are always in need foster homes, volunteers, (people to help take pets to
adoptathons, to help walk, bathe, and socialize our pets). We need puppy chow for the puppies we take in and a good brand of dry kitten food (preferable Purina Kitten Chow) for kittens. Gift cards to Petsmart would be most appreciated! This is the time of year for puppies and kittens and we will be overwhelmed with litters of puppies and kittens we are asked to take in. We also need a good "clumping" brand of cat litter (Tidy Cat is a good brand). Old towels are good for help with bathing puppies, too. There are many ways you can help - just call (252) 243-2566 and leave your name and number if you feel you would like to help in any way.
LINKS FOR SUPPORT
If you would like to become a member or make a contribution to support the Wilson County Humane Society, please click on this link to find out membership information.
As a member, you will receive our newsletters!
- Adopter must be 18 years of age or older.
- All animals adopted from WCHS must be spayed or neutered. Animals over 4 months of age will be altered prior to adoption. Animals under 4 months require a spay/neuter contract and prepayment of the surgery included in the adoption fee.
- NO gift adoptions. The person that is going to be responsible for the pet must be present at the time of adoption.
- No pet will be adopted without applicant signing a SPAY/NEUTER contract. If current pets of potential applicant have not been spayed or neutered and there is no medical reason, the potential adopter will not be allowed to adopt from the WCHS. Adopter must furnish proof adopted pet has been spayed/neutered according to the date specified on the adoption application, upon request.
- Applicant with poor pet history cannot adopt. All present and past pet history must be verified upon request by WCHS.
- No large dogs adopted to people who live in apartments.
- Adopter must provide proper and sufficient food, water, shelter, medical care as needed, and kind treatment to the pet at all times.
- No puppy/dog will be allowed to be chained or tied to any object, indoors or outdoors. There must be a fenced yard or, at least, a large pen for exercise, as well as a dog house for shelter.
- All animals adopted are to be pets (no guard dogs or hunting dogs).
- Adopter agrees to license the animal in compliance with the laws and ordinances in force in the municipality in which adopter resides.
- WCHS reserves the right to reject any applicant we feel would not serve the best interest of the pet.
IT IS THE DESIRE OF THE WCHS TO MAKE A GOOD MATCH BETWEEN PET AND OWNER. WE WILL QUESTION YOU REGARDING YOUR LIFESTYLE, HOUSING ARRANGEMENTS, AND HOW YOU PLAN TO KEEP THE PET WHEN YOU ARE NOT AT HOME. PLEASE RESPECT OUR RIGHT TO DO THIS, KNOWING THAT WE HAVE BOTH THE PET AND YOUR BEST INTEREST IN MIND. WE DO NOT WANT OUR PETS TO BECOME REVOLVING DOOR PETS AS THIS CREATES STRESS ON ANIMALS AND DEFEATS OUR PURPOSE TO PROVIDE STABILITY IN THE LIVES OF THESE DESERVING CREATURES.
If you are interested in adopting a pet, please complete the following form.
To download to your computer, right click on the link and select "Save as".
Open in a word processing program, complete the application and mail or email to the contact listed at the top of the application.
Dog Adoption Application
Cat Adoption Application
- Complete the adoption application and send it to the foster parent's email address given on the
- The foster parent will also ask you questions related to the care and home situation where the animal will be living.
You will be contacted by the foster parent who can answer any questions about the animal's health or disposition.
The foster parent can explain the adoption fee for the animal. This fee varies depending on the medical needs of the animal, the medical costs for that the animal and the type of animal. Fees generally range from $40-$150 but may be more or less depending on the factors above.
The foster parent can make an appointment for you to meet the animal once the application has been approved. The foster parent will supply you with a current medical record for the animal and collect the adoption fee when the adoption takes place. There is a two week "trial" period to allow for adjustment of the animal to your home. The animal may be returned within the two week trial period for a refund of adoption fees minus a $25 handling fee. WCHS will take the animal back anytime after the two week trial period but there will be no refund of adoption fees (as long as there is room in the foster program).
- The foster parent will explain the medical status of the animal. All animals over 4 months of age have been spayed or neutered before adoption.
- Younger animals who have not been sterilized will require you to sign a contract to have the animal altered by 6 months of age.
- You also sign a contract to maintain the normal medical needs of the animal for a lifetime.
- Failure to comply with any of these contract agreements will result in surrendering the animal to WCHS and forfeiture of adoption fees.
Our link to the public is our message line (252) 243-2566. We have three or four individuals who take turns retrieving the messages and returning calls each day.
We provide a voucher to cover the cost of the spay or neuter by a local vet for your cat or dog. Vouchers cost $40 and are available at Petsmart in Wilson during adoption days (second and fourth Saturday of each month 11:00 AM - 3 PM). Vouchers are available to Wilson County residents that have a financial need. Call (252) 243-2566 for more information.
Lost & Found Assistance
We keep a list of any animals reported lost or found. We offer suggestions, such as places to contact and other advice.
Cooperation with Wilson County Animal Control and law enforcement agencies
Reporting strays, neglected or abused animals should be reported to the Wilson County Animal Control at (252) 291-8142, as they have the authority to pick up stray animals and to investigate neglect and abuse calls. The WCHS is not authorized to do this. We can however help you find the owner of the lost pet or help rehome a pet that is not reclaimed.
At the present time, we have approximately 10 homes for fostering pets. We are always in need of foster homes. If you can foster a dog or cat, please call (252) 243-2566.
Includes information about:
Responsible pet ownership
Importance of spaying and neutering
Information about rabies
Local animal ordinances