How to adopt an animal from the Eau Claire County Humane Association

Choosing a Companion

With so many pet options available, it can be very difficult to select the right pet for your lifestyle. Before making a decision, take time to think about all the elements of each type of pet.


Large, medium, or small pet? Consider the space you have available and any restrictions
your residence might have.


Sure young animals are cute, but older pets typically mean less destructive behavior, well house trained, and a more graceful animal.


Outgoing and active or calm and self-contained? What personality disposition is best for you?

Choose the perfect cat to adopt. Choose the perfect dog to adopt.

Costs of Pet Ownership

Have you really considered the cost of pet ownership? Please think carefully and decide if you are ready for the commitment and responsibility of owning and caring for a pet. Remember, having and loving a pet is not a right, but a privilege!


$24/month for a premium food such as Science Diet


$10/month for various treats


$100 - $300/year for annual vaccinations, heartworm checks, and preventative medications


$40 - $65/year




$25/grooming session


$14 - $50/night

Toys & Misc

$50 - $150/year (this can go much higher)


$50 - $150 one time cost


$120/eight week program


Actual or electronic fencing can cost hundreds or even thousands

The following items reflect the average costs of properly caring for a 40-50 lb. dog.

How to Adopt:

prepare for your new companion

Deciding to bring a pet into your home means a major change in lifestyle. Adoption should be a thoroughly considered decision and not a spur of the moment idea, especially considering this pet will be a part of your family for as long as the next 10 to 20 years. Therefore, it is imperative to consider the "for better and for worse" aspects of adoption before making any decisions.

Tips to Adopting Your New Pet

There are a lot of things to consider before making the decision to adopt a pet — added responsibility, expenses, time commitment, and proper care, just to name a few. Before you adopt a new pet, please consider all the aspects of pet ownership and use the tips below to ensure you are truly ready.


Be a responsible pet owner. Careful research and planning are essential, since being a responsible pet owner requires more than just providing adequate food, water, and shelter. Potential pet owners should agree with these points before bringing an animal home.


Animals are not disposable! Animals are not articles of clothing to be thrown out once they are no longer in style. They are capable of bonding deeply with their families. Adopting a pet means making a life-long commitment, which can be up to 20 years.


Protect your pet's health and safety. Owning a pet costs more than the adoption fee. Remember to include basic and emergency veterinary care, toys, supplies, and food. Spaying and neutering is also essential for the animal's long-term health and happiness, while providing the animal with proper identification will ensure his or her safety.

Tips for adopting a dog Tips for adopting a cat

Adoption Guidelines

In order to assure the smoothest transition and positive outcome for both the animal and the adoptive family, we have developed the following guidelines for adoptions.

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • The entire household must be in agreement concerning the adoption.
  • Your adopted pet can not be given away or sold.
  • If you have to give up the pet, it will be returned to ECCHA.
  • Your adopted pet will be neutered by a specific date (if needed).
  • Your adopted pet will be vaccinated for rabies and licensed (if required).
  • Your adopted pet will be kept as an indoor house pet (for exceptions regarding outside dogs, please contact the shelter).
  • For all pets: We want to alert you that some communities, landlords, management companies, and insurance agencies have size and breed restrictions, limits on number of pets, and/or require pet deposits or additional fees. Before adopting, we encourage all adopters to know what restrictions may apply to you.

We ask for your current phone number.

There is a 48-72 hour waiting period on all applications. In order to assure an animal will be going into a permanent, caring, and responsible home, you will be asked to sign a contract
agreeing to some additional guidelines.

Adoption Application Form

Online Adoption Application Form

Dog adoption fees include:

Treatment for internal and external parasites

Vaccination for Rabies (for most), canine Distemper, and Bordatella


Identification tags, collar, and leash*

Follow-up visit at a participating veterinarian**

Cat adoption fees include:

Treatment for internal and external parasites

Vaccination for feline Distemper and Rabies (for most)


Identification tags and collar*

Follow-up visit at a participating veterinarian**

* If you do not bring a carrier at the time of adoption, a cardboard carrier* will be supplied for $10.

** ECCHA will supply a list of our participating veterinarians.