Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the cost to adopt a cat/dog?
For a cat the cost it $40; for a dog the cost is $80 for a dog under 80 pounds and under and $150 for a dog over 80 pounds.
2. Where do the dogs/cats come from?
Most dogs and cats are relinquished by their owner, strays from the public, returns from recent adopters (30 days), or transferred from other shelters.
3. Do all your animals have their shots when adopted?
Yes. All animals have their first series of shots.
4. Are all your animals spayed or neutered when adopted?
Spaying or neutering is done when an animal is chosen to be adopted.
5. What is your euthanasia policy?
We take the decision to euthanize any animal very seriously. When performing euthanasia, HSSLC employees treat every individual animal with respect. Decisions are made on a case by case basis.  Euthanasia is not considered for healthy animals that have been relinquished to the HSSLC or to animals deemed unhealthy unless all avenues have been exhausted.
6. How long do you keep stray animals before you place them up for adoption?
Five days
7. If things do not work out with the pet I adopted, can I bring it back?
Yes, within 30 days.
8. Can we come to HSSLC for veterinarian care?     
Yes. Appointments are necessary.
9. What do I need to provide if I foster an HSSLC pet?
The Humane Society of St. Lucie will provide all the necessary training, supplies, and support needed to care for all foster animals.  Included but is not limited to: bowls, bedding, toys, and crates as well as bigger expenses like food, litter, medication, and veterinary services.  In addition, support and training will be provided for adopter’s participating in the Adoption Ambassador program.
10. How do I volunteer to HSSLC?
Come to the Shelter and complete an application.
11. What are the requirements for becoming a foster volunteer?
  • One member of the family must be at least 18 years old.
  • Volunteer must be able to lift, push, or carry at least 25 pounds.
  • Volunteers must own their own car for transporting animal to vet appointments or evacuating them in case of an emergency.
  • All parties responsible for care of foster animals are encouraged to attend foster care training, to be scheduled after the application has been approved by the Volunteer leadership.
  • Volunteers must have a schedule that allows them to meet the needs of foster animals in their care.
​12. What are the thrift store hours?
The hours are 9AM to 4PM Tuesday thru Saturday. The thrift store in closed Sunday and Monday.
13. What kinds of items are accepted for donation at the thrift stores?
Anything! As long as it is in good condition.
14. I have court-ordered community service.  Can I volunteer to complete the hours mandated?