I Want To Adopt A Pet For My Home, But The Dog Pound Has Strict Guidelines For Adoption. Can They Do This?

Yes. Any dog pound or releasing agency is authorized to establish their own adoption standards so long as they follow certain guidelines. First and foremost, most guidelines are not only allowed, but required, because the responsible management of dogs and cats furthers the interest of preserving the public health and welfare. Second, the adoption standards must be related to the prevention of cruelty to animals. And finally, these standards must be applied in a fair and equal manner to all potential adopters. So as long as the adoption standards are related to these three guidelines, then the adoption standards are legal to protect the health and welfare of the public and the pets.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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