Adoption Process – Flowchart

Adoption Process

The following process is designed to ensure all animals are placed in a mutually beneficial situation for the animal and the owner:

  • Provide required documentation (see application form).
  • Interview conducted by shelter staff. (NOTE: If traveling a long distance, avoid an unproductive visit by contacting the shelter first to confirm your application and all necessary documents have been received).
  • References are checked.
  • Decision is made on application.
  • There is a 24-hour waiting period for first-time PHS adopters.


Below is a flowchart of the Potsdam Humane Society Animal Admission to Adoption Process.  (NOTE: The text in darkest boxes is “Fail“)

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