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.
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