_DSC4169At CVHS, it’s all about making the right match between an animal and a potential adoptive person or family. For that reason, we ask that your entire family be present.  When meeting potential dogs, we also ask that you bring your family dogs.  We do not have applications to adopt our animals. We do collect some basic information about you and we ask you to participate in a survey. The adoption process at CVHS is warm, positive, and informative. Our goal is to help you find a pet whose personality is a good match for your lifestyle, and families for our animals whose lifestyles fit all of their needs.

We use the ASPCA’s Meet Your Match program to help us learn more about you
and our animals so you can meet your best match.


Meet Your Match (MYM)

You could be gazing at the animal of your dreams, but you just can’t tell what she’s thinking behind that furry face. What if you knew a little something about her personality and habits before you moved in together? The Meet Your Match program is the only method in existence today that evaluates an animal’s behavior and interests and matches them to an adopter’s preferences so that you take home a pet you can really click with.

Learn more about the program here:  Meet Your Match


To complete the survey, click one of the links below.

Cat Adopter Survey Link

Dog Adopter Survey Link


If you would like us to keep your survey on file for three months, please email it to one of the addresses below WITH a completed Adopter Information Form.

Cat Adopter Information Form

Dog Adopter Information Form

Critter Adopter Information Form

We will not “approve” or “deny” your information, simply keep it on file for when you decide the time is right to adopt. If your form has lots of information that helps us make a potential match, we may reach out to you about an animal currently at the shelter or in foster care, or one that comes in while your information is on file with us.

An important part of making a match is meeting the animal! Come in during our public hours to meet animals listed on our website as available for adoption along with your family. We are unable to place holds on animals that you have not met. “Holds” are rare, must be in the best interest of the particular animal, and are at the discretion of CVHS management.

A few more notes about adoptions at CVHS:

  • When an animal is adopted, s/he is removed from our website automatically at the time of the adoption.
  • When an animal is adopted, s/he must go home immediately.
  • Making matches takes time! Adopters must have met an approved match at least one hour prior to the close of day to complete a same-day adoption.
  • Adopting a cat? Please bring a carrier with you. Cardboard and plastic carriers are each available for purchase at the time of adoption.
  • Adopting a dog? Please bring a leash and collar with you. Leashes, collars, and harnesses are available for purchase at the time of adoption.

Remember, many of the animals available for adoption at CVHS come to us with little history. It can be difficult to determine the age and/or breed of an animal. Many of our animals are very mixed breed, or a veterinarian has estimated an age range for us. However, our animal listing system requires that we choose a date of birth as well as a breed. Please ask an Adoption Counselor for more information about the particular animal for which you have interest.