Sequoia Humane Society

A No-Kill Shelter Saving Lives Everyday

Adoption Process & Return Policy

Adoption Process:

1. Fill out an adoption questionnaire and have a conversation with the Shelter.

The application is not for a specific animal but for any dog or cat at the Shelter. The primary owner must fill out the adoption questionnaire. Animals cannot be adopted as gifts or surprises. Applications are valid and kept on file for one year. It takes approximately 20 minutes to fill out an application and have a brief conversation. Our goal is to match you with your perfect companion. We like to get to know you a little better and find out what you are looking for in a pet and your pet's routine during the conversation.

Our mission is to place animals in forever homes. It can be difficult for an animal to make the transition to a new home only to be brought back to the Shelter, so we encourage you to consider your choice of pet carefully before making a final decision.

2. Find your perfect friend

Each adoption starts with an approved application. If an animal is not ready to go home you may let us know you are interested in the animal. This does not guarantee that you will be able to adopt the pet.

Animals are not available for adoption until they have been spayed/neutered and are deemed healthy. Once the animal is ready to leave, we offer the first chance to meet with the animal to the person with the oldest approved application.

We ask that every member of the household visit with the animal prior to adoption. If you have another dog(s) we will have you to bring them to the Shelter to introduce them to the animal you are looking to adopt to assure they get along before you bring your new pet home. You can put a dog/cat on hold for 24-hours after meeting with them in order to make a decision. All holds are 24 hours unless otherwise stated by the office. Once you've made your decision we can complete the adoption.

Please note that in some cases we receive an animal with special needs. When necessary for the health and well-being of that animal we will evaluate all adoption applications and select the one that we feel best fits the needs of that animal.

3. Bringing your new friend home:

There is a $150.00 adoption donation for each cat and $200 for each dog (over 6 months), which covers all tests, vaccinations (additional $15-20 charge for Rabies given at the Shelter) and the care that animals have received. Each animal is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, heartworm/lyme tested for dogs (over 6 months of age) and feline leukemia/AIDS tested for cats, and microchipped, which is registered in a national database. Puppies under 6 months have an additional donation of $50.00 due to the extra care costs. All applicable adoption processing donations must be paid prior to adopting a pet at the Sequoia Humane Society. The adoption cost is a donation that is non-refundable.

Return Policy:

We will accept animals back within 2 weeks after adoption.

However, your adoption donation will not be refunded. After the 2 week period animals may be put on our waiting list to be surrendered back to us. We do ask that adopters always contact us if, for any reason, they can no longer keep a pet that was adopted from our shelter. Nonetheless, we cannot guarantee to take that animal back into our adoption program at the time you are looking to rehome it.

Cat Vaccine:


Sequoia Humane Society administers the Rabies (if 6 months or older) and FVRCP vaccines to its cats.


FVRCP is an acronym for the standard cat vaccine, also called “the feline distemper vaccine”, given to cats and kittens throughout their lives as part of a preventative health program and considered, along with the Rabies vaccine, as a Core (very important) vaccine.


The feline Rhinotracheitis virus is a viral infectious respiratory disease caused by feline herpesvirus type 1. This virus is an extremely common cause of respiratory disease and often results in chronic, often life-long, infection with intermittent recurrences causing respiratory and sometimes eye disease. It is spread easily through airborne respiratory secretions and direct contact with a carrier cat or contaminated objects. Unvaccinated cats are most susceptible as well as the very young and the very old.


Calicivirus is a common viral infectious respiratory disease, can also cause mouth sores resulting in severe oral pain. Spread by direct contact with an infected cat or by contact with contaminated objects. The virus is very resistant to disinfectants and persists in the environment. Unvaccinated and inadequately vaccinated cats of all ages are at risk.


Panleukopenia is a severe, highly infectious and sometimes fatal disease of the gastrointestinal tract, the immune system and the nervous system. The disease is named for the characteristic severe decrease in white blood cells, the body’s defense against disease. The virus is very persistent in the environment. This virus spreads by direct contact with infected cats or by contact with viral particles in the environment. Unvaccinated and inadequately vaccinated cats of all ages are at risk.

Dog Vaccine:


Sequoia Humane Society administers DA2PP, Bordetella, and Rabies to its dogs.


DA2PP is a combination vaccine for your dog that protects against four primary canine diseases -- distemper, adenovirus-2, parainfluenza and parvovirus.


Canine distemper is a highly contagious viral illness similar to the measles in humans. Your dog can contract the virus through direct contact with an infected animal or through indirect contact such as with bedding or food bowls used by infected animals or wildlife feces. Symptoms include a high fever, weakness, coughing, vomiting and diarrhea. As the disease progresses, it attacks the nervous system and may cause seizures and paralysis. In certain strains of distemper, hardening of the foot pads may occur. The severity of the disease depends on the strain and the age of the dog. For adult dogs, the mortality rate is less than 50 percent. For puppies, however, the mortality rate is as high as 80 percent.

Adenovirus-2 and Parainfluenza

Adenovirus-2 and parainfluenza are two different viruses that can play roles in kennel cough. So can the bacterium Bordetella bronchiseptica. Symptoms include loud coughs, runny noses and mucus discharge, wheezing and decreased appetite. No treatment is available for the viral infections. Antibiotics and cough suppressants treat secondary bacterial infections and treat symptoms.


Parvovirus is a fast-acting virus with a high mortality rate. The virus can survive in the environment for up to a year, so just a simple walk around the block is enough for your dog to contract the virus when he stops to sniff where another dog may have been. Symptoms begin with a loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. A strong, distinctive odor is present; the stool may contain mucus or blood. Puppies are more commonly affected and are at higher risk of mortality, though parvovirus can affect dogs of any age. There is no cure, but early treatment with intravenous fluids increases the chance of survival. With most cases, the survival rate is 70 percent.


Kennel cough, the common name given to infectious canine tracheobronchitis, is a highly contagious respiratory disease among dogs. As the name suggests, it is typified by inflammation of the trachea and bronchi. This disease is found throughout the world and is known to infect a high percentage of dogs at least once during their lifetime. It is also sometimes referred to as bordetellosis. Young puppies often suffer the most severe complications that can result from this disease since they have immature immune systems. Also at increased risk are older dogs, who may have decreased immune capabilities, pregnant bitches, who also have lowered immunity, and dogs with preexisting respiratory diseases.