Thank you for choosing to adopt an animal from DeKalb County Animal Services! The animal shelter staff works very hard to ensure that each of the animals adopted from the shelter is healthy and well adjusted. Even before an animal is placed into a cage, the shelter staff vaccinates it against common diseases and de-worms it. We clean the kennels and cages with chemicals that kill viruses and bacteria. We have a full time veterinarian who cares for the animals at our shelter and we also give every animal a health exam before it is spayed or neutered.

Please be aware, however, that there is always a risk that a pet adopted from the shelter may become sick in the days following adoption. Animals can enter our shelter incubating illnesses. With so many animals housed together, illnesses in one may spread to another. We recommend that you avoid letting your newly adopted pet come into contact with other pets for at least two weeks, especially if the other pet is not current of its vaccines. We also strongly urge you to have your new pet examined by your own veterinarian after adoption to check its health, to establish a vaccination schedule, to purchase heartworm and flea prevention medication, and for subsequent de-worming to catch parasites not eliminated by the first de-worming. We do provide you with a Free Initial Health Visit for your newly adopted pet at participating vets. This certificate is good for 30 days after the adoption.

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If your newly adopted pet is currently on medication, we will send it with you the day you take your pet home. Please continue to watch for any sign of illness and seek proper treatment with your own veterinarian. Indications of illnesses may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Persistent coughing, sneezing or nasal discharge
  • Eye infections or matter in the eyes
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Blood in the stool
  • Decreased appetite
  • Listlessness, lethargy, or depression