How to Adopt

What should you expect when adopting?

Thank you for considering adopting and saving a life! Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need to adopt while making the process a positive experience, so here are some things to know:

  • You must be at least 21 years of age to adopt at HSHV. We welcome all--from any county or state!
  • Prior to visiting an animal, you must complete an application. You can do this at the shelter, or save time by bringing a completed one with you:
  • Some animals have special adoption requirements.
  • If you have a dog and wish to adopt another, we may require a dog-to-dog interaction.
  • Adoptions are first-come, first served and holds are limited to one 24-hour hold per family.
  • Please allow at least an hour if you plan on adopting. Bring your driver's license or other government-issed ID with proof of address, a copy of your lease (if it applies) and vaccination records for current pets.

The animals look forward to seeing you!

How much does it cost to adopt?

When our animals go home, they've received an initial health check and have been:

  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Microchipped
  • Current on vaccinations (as appropriate to their age)
  • Dewormed
  • Feline Leukemia tested (kittens and cats)
  • FIV tested (adult cats)
  • Heartworm tested (adult dogs)
  • Temperament tested (adult dogs)
Every adoption also comes with:
  • 30 days of pet health insurance
  • A discounted vet exam at the HSHV veterinary clinic
  • Access to our behavior helpline, free to adopters
Adoption fees not only cover the above services, but also offset the cost of caring for the animals prior to being adopted. Thank you for your adoption fee!
Cat Adoption Fees
Kittens up to 5 months old $125
Cats over 5 months old and up to 8 years old $65
Senior Cat - 8 years or older $45 
Perfect Pairs (cats that must be adopted together) Adopt one regular fee - 2nd free
Legacy Cats** Variable
Pets of the Week 10% off that week
Dog Adoption Fees
All Puppies - under 6 months old $299
Small Breed Adult Dogs - 6 months and older $275
Other Adult Dogs - 6 months and older $175
All Senior Dogs (any size) - 8 years or older $100
Perfect Pairs (dogs that must be adopted together) Adopt one regular fee - 2nd free
Legacy Dogs** Variable
Pets of the Week 10% off that week
Other Animal Adoption Fees
Ferrets $50
Rabbits $60
Pocket pets (gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters) $20
Birds, Exotics, Horses, Farm Animals Individually priced, contact the shelter for details
Pets of the Week 10% off that week
Additional notes on pricing:
  • Animals marked as "Perfect Pairs" are bonded and must be adopted together (Adopt one at regular fee and the 2nd is free).
  • Senior Person Discount: People over 62 years of age are eligible for a free adoption of a senior animal (8 years or older), or a 10% discount off other animals - You must mention this adoption special at the time of your adoption.
  • When we run adoption specials, only one discount applies.
  • While we strive to make sure our website reflects accurate pricing, we reserve the right to change prices without notice.

** - Legacy Adoptions: We provide valuable care and treatment for thousands of animals every year. They are all important to us. Our adoption fees help offset the cost of housing, feeding and caring for companion animals in our shelter. Some pets need an extraordinary amount of medical intervention and care. We can help these pets by pricing animals in higher demand with a higher adoption fee. The money raised by these “Legacy Adoptions” will allow us to provide lifesaving medical treatment, let us work with behavioral issues and help us care for animals that stay here longer before they find loving homes.

Variable adoption pricing or “Legacy” adoption pricing ensures that we can provide top quality of care for all animals.

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