CVHS is a non-profit, 501(c)3 charitable organization with no state or federal funding. We are supported entirely by individual donors, local business, fundraising events, grants, and small fees for some services. CVHS is governed by a (volunteer!) Board of Directors and professionally staffed with up to twelve full-time employees and a handful of part-time staff. CVHS has dozens of volunteers and interns who donate thousands of hours of service each year. Volunteer activities at CVHS include providing foster care for animals (particularly puppies and kittens), office work, events, landscaping and maintenance, and direct care for the animals. Central Vermont Humane Society shelters and adopts domestic dogs, cats, and small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs. We offer dog training classes, community clinics for low-cost rabies vaccinations and microchips, and education to animal guardians. CVHS also works to prevent and address animal cruelty and neglect, and supports legislative efforts to protect animals in Vermont. CVHS’s humane education programs for kids include Humane Heroes kids club as well as a popular summer camp. Our mission is to protect and advocate for animals in need, and to build a humane community that promotes compassion and seeks to strengthen the human-animal bond.We accomplish our mission by working collaboratively with other shelters, rescues and community partners. We shelter the lost and homeless, reuniting them with their families, and facilitating adoption into new homes. We strive to exemplify the core values of respect and compassion for life and to meet or exceed the best standards of practice for shelter care and operations.
At CVHS, it’s all about making the right match between an animal and a potential adoptive person or family. For that reason, 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. f 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. 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. 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.