COVID-19 online adoption process

Due to COVID-19 the City of Taylor Animal Shelter has changed the adoption process to on-line adoptions for the protection of our employees as well as the public. During this process ALL officers/ staff/ volunteers/ potential adopters are REQUIRED to wear a mask at all times and comply with the CDC Guidelines for PPE and to comply with social distancing.

  • All applications are submitted online through the city website.
  • Once approved the shelter staff will contact the potential adopter to set up their 15-minute appointment time.
  • The days available for adoption are Tuesday and Wednesday only and between the times of 9 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 and 2 p.m.
  • The appointment log will need to be completed. This log will contain:
  • Name of the potential adopter.
  • Name of the pet they are interested in adopting.
  • Description of the vehicle (year, make, model, color or whatever can make it identifiable to the officer).
  • Make sure the potential adopter is aware of the following:
  • All potential adopters must have a mask on at all times and comply with the CDC guidelines and social distancing.
  • Only 2 people at a time for adoption appointments.
  • There is no pet meet and greets at this time.
  • There is no access to the shelter at any time during this appointment.
  • You must be 18 years or older to adopt and have a valid Driver’s License or Photo ID.
  • The shelter is closed to all other business during adoption appointments.
  • All transactions are credit/ debit card only. (NO CASH ACCEPTED)
  • When the potential adopter arrives at the Animal Shelter they are to stay in the vehicle. The Animal Control Officer will meet the customer at their vehicle at the scheduled appointment time to begin the process.
  • If the potential adopter is early they must wait until their appointment time.
  • If the potential adopter is late they will forfeit their appointment time and have to submit another application online.
  • Before the potential adopter is able to leave their vehicle they MUST wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times.
  • If the potential adopter does not have a mask one will be provided by the City of Taylor Animal Shelter ACO.
  • The potential adopter is directed to the adoption area.
  • The Animal Control Officer will then proceed with an introduction between the potential adopter and the pet to be adopted.
  • Under no circumstances is anyone to enter the Animal Shelter building except the City of Taylor Animal Control Officer.
  • The potential adopter may interact with the pet for 15 minutes anywhere in adoption area, the fenced in play area, or take for a short walk.
  • While the potential adopter is interacting with the pet they must practice social distancing guidelines at all times from any other people/ pets.
  • Once the interaction with the potential adopter and the pet is completed, the pet will be returned to the shelter by the Animal Control Officer.
  • If the potential adopter wants to adopt:
  • The potential adopter will be provided with an adoption contract to review and sign.
  • The Animal Control Officer shall review the adoption contract with the customer to make sure the customer understands the responsibility of pet ownership and requirements under the adoption contract.
  • Once the contract is reviewed with the potential adopter and the potential adopter understands the adoption requirements the Animal Control Officer will then proceed with the credit/ debit card transaction to finalize the adoption process.
  • Once the adoption process is completed the Animal Control Officer will present the adopter with their new pet.
  • If the potential adopter decides the pet may not be a good fit and does NOT want to adopt the pet, they must go through the online process again and make another appointment. 

Thank you for your consideration on adopting one of our homeless pets during this difficult time.