Adoption Process


So You Want To Adopt Your New Best Friend

Jackson County Animal Shelter will consider adoptive families in the Black River Falls and surrounding areas. Our goal is to make the best match taking into consideration the animal's background and your family's needs. Every animal is different: personality, temperament, energy, comfort with kids and other animals, medical needs and more. We take all these factors into consideration when making a furever-home match. We are very careful about the placements we make. We do our best to match the right animal with the right adoptive home because we want this to be the pet's permanent home.

If you are willing to wait for the right animal to be matched to you,
you are an ideal candidate for Jackson County Animal Shelter. As our success rate proves, these precious animals are well worth the wait.




We appreciate you wanting to bring a animal into your home. In order for us to find the right pet for you, we need you to submit an adoption application. Adoption necessitates the signing of a legal agreement. Therefore, the adopter must be a minimum of 18 years old to proceed with adopting a pet.



We will review your application upon receipt. If we have any questions or concerns, we will contact you for clarity. Completing an application does not guarantee adoption of the animal. Multiple applications may be considered for each pet, and our aim is to select the most suitable home for each individual animal's needs. If JCAS denies an application, we are not implying that you would be a bad pet owner, only that your situation isn’t right for that animal’s needs.

Finding Your Pet


Once approved for adoption, your journey to find the perfect animal companion begins. Our dedicated staff will assess the pets in our program, ensuring they align with your criteria and lifestyle. We value open dialogue about any specific animals you're interested in. Our goal is to facilitate successful adoptions that create fulfilling companionships for you and your new furry family member.



Once you've identified a pet that seems well-suited to your home, circumstances, and lifestyle, we can arrange a meet-and-greet. Families with children under the age of 6 must spend time with the pet to observe their interaction. Additionally, if you're considering adopting a dog and already have another dog at home, we recommend bringing your existing pet along to ensure compatibility. If the meet-and-greet goes smoothly, we may proceed with the adoption process.


  • We will not discuss adoption details regarding any particular animal if you have not yet applied to adopt.
  • We will make every effort to review applications and set up meet-and-greets in a timely manner. Please be patient with us…the animals need our time too.
  • Not all animals have been spayed/neutered yet by JCAS. Adopters agree if the animal they are adopting is unaltered that they will have it altered within 3 months of signing and provide proof to the shelter upon completion. They will also provide the schedule date of the surgery and the Veterinarian Information that is doing it.
  • It is our policy that all dogs and cats adopted be spayed or neutered by the date specified within the agreement. on the contract. No animal can be adopted into a home that can possible mate with whatever animal currently resides at that household.
  • Adoption fees range from $30 to $60, based on the spay/neuter status on an animal.
  • Veterinary history concerning previously/currently owned animals significantly influences our final decision. Regular vaccinations are crucial not only for your pet's health but also for the well-being of your family, with some vaccinations mandated by law. Additionally, we require prospective adopters to demonstrate responsible care for animals in their current home before considering them eligible to adopt a new one.
  • Adoption necessitates the signing of a legal agreement. Therefore, the adopter must be a minimum of 18 years old to proceed with adopting a pet.
  • The Jackson County Animal Shelter does require all dogs adopted be vaccinated against rabies and get age appropriate vaccines. Cats also need to receive age appropriate vaccines once adopted.
  • JCAS require all animals leaving our building be on a leash or in a secure pet carrier.

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