Animal Welfare Society of Monroe ~ 3129 Godfrey Ridge Drive, (PO Box 13), Stroudsburg, PA 18360 ~ 570-421-DOGS ~ We are open every day from 11:00am - 4:00pm

Information about Adoption Policies, Procedures, Practices


The pre-adoption form is needed to provide the shelter with basic information so that we can see from the written input if this would be an appropriate home.

Renters will need to provide the landlords information to verify that they do agree that an animal is allowed in the home.

The pre-application is not a contract or guarantee of any kind that the animal that you wish to adopt will take place, it is the start of a process.

Persons that fill out the application "first" does not guarantee that they will receive the animal.

Dogs are on hold for 48 - 72 hours, if stray, can have applications made at any time after the shelter takes in the animal, they will be reviewed and considered after the hold has expired.

We get many applications each day either individual applications on a specific dog or multiple ones on the same dog.

Once approved we may not get back to the applicant it is up to the person seeking the dog to stay in touch and be proactive in scheduling to see, visit, or set up a meet and greets with the animal they wish to adopt.

There are many factors that need to be considered:

The home needs to meet the needs of the dog/cat.

The home has to have all of their animals under current/active vet care and up to date with shots and vaccinations.

The home has to have all of the current animals spay or neutered. We acknowledge this a choice but we will not give a pet to a home that does not spay or neuter their pets. If medical condition prohibits vaccinations, vet verification is needed.

We do not hold animals until the person becomes compliant with our regulations. If there are persons that meet the criteria to adopt and want the animal they will be considered prior to those that do not have their animals up to date or spayed/neutered.

Persons bringing in stray animals, wanting to adopt the animal if owners are not found, may fill out a pre-application to adopt that animal if they meet all of the regulations listed at the time the hold has expired. Surrendering the animal to the shelter does not guarantee that the animal is returned to finder if the home does not meet regulations.

If there are other dogs in the home it is mandatory to do a meet and greet at the shelter with the other animal(s) to determine that they will get along prior to going home. Home pets should have rabies vaccine prior to meet and greet. It is the decision of the shelter staff if the meet and greet is at an acceptable level to send a dog home with a new family and other dogs. It may take several meet and greets or time to get to know the animal prior to going home with new owner.

Dogs may need to do a meet and greet with the other members of the family that live in the home and even those that may visit and their pets if they visit often to ensure an appropriate placement.

If a dog has a medical condition or special needs the new home needs to be able to verify it is able to meet the medical needs or the costs involved to meet the animals needs.

We are a private entity and we have the right to say no if we do not believe that the animal and the family, or the other family pet, is not a correct match.

The animals in our care are here for many different reasons and most of the time they have had bad experiences, loss of a sense of stability, caring, trust and love.

It is our ultimate responsibility to place the animals in our care in homes that will not let the animal down a second time or put them in a situation where they will be abused, chained outside as a guard dog, bred to earn money from their offspring, or placed into the hands of someone for dog fights or dog fight bait.

We love all the animals in the shelter as our own and will treat them and protect them as best we can. We try our very best to place all of our animals into loving homes that will care for them for the rest of their lives.

If you agree with the above, please proceed with completing the below preadoption application.

Name *

Address *


If less than 2 years, list previous address





I swear that to the best of my knowledge the above information is true and complete.

I agree my pet will not be left outside. I will provide proper medical care, including spay/neuter by the date specified, and adequate food and water at all times. I will never mentally or physically abuse my pet. A dog will be walked on a leash at all times. A cat will be an indoor cat.

I understand if for any reason I cannot keep this pet, the pet MUST be returned to AWSOM only. There is no exception to this. If there is someone else who may be interested in this pet, that person will be required to contact AWSOM and be interviewed prior to placement with said person.

In signing this pre-adoption application I understand and accept the stipulations stated in Section E. I understand that AWSOM reserves the right to refuse any adoption at its own discretion.

I understand that the handling of animals and other activities while at the Animal Welfare Society of Monroe (AWSOM) shelter may place me in a hazardous situation and could result in injury to me or my personal property. On behalf of myself, and my heirs, personal representatives and assigns, I hereby release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Animal Welfare Society of Monroe (AWSOM) and its directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all claims, causes of actions and demands of any nature, whether known or unknown, arising out of or in connection with my activity while at the Animal Welfare Society of Monroe (AWSOM) shelter.


I hereby give permission to AWSOM to contact my veterinarian, for the purpose of verifying the information in section D of this pre-adoption form. Contact with my veterinarian is only for this purpose for the timeframe of one week of the date on this

By typing your name below, you are in agreement and acceptance of the terms of this preadoption application *