We Complete Families.
They're not just pets, they're part of your family! So what should you expect when you're expecting (to adopt)? Check out the information below to learn more about adoption at HSSW.
Ready to adopt, but need more information? Check out our upcoming workshop: Ready, Set, Go, Adopt Like a Pro!
This workshop will help you determine the type of dog or cat that will best fit your family’s lifestyle, plan for the amount of care and exercise your pet will require, and provide you with information about the HSSW adoption application process. Topics include body language (what your pet is trying to tell you), basic care for dogs or cats, and what to expect the first few days your pet is in its new home. By the end of the course, your family will have created a profile of the perfect pet and you’ll get a sneak peek of the kennels before we are open for the day.
The Adoption Process
Step One: View Available Animals
You can see all available animals on our website. It's a good idea to learn about the animals before you visit and listings are updated throughout the day. You may also visit the Adoption Center Tuesday - Sunday Noon - 6:00 pm.
We do not offer scheduled or reserved times to visit with an adoptable animal. If you have any questions about a specific animal, our staff will be happy to help - call us at 360.693.4746.
Step Two: Come to the Adoption Center
If you've found an animal you'd like to meet, come to the Adoption Center as soon as possible. Before you can meet an animal you must complete an application. Save time by completing it in advance and bringing it with you.
It's important that the whole family - or anyone who will be in regular contact - meet your new pet. If you are adopting a dog, we require an introduction to any other dogs living in the home. It's a good idea to bring someone to sit with your dog before the dog-to-dog meeting. These meetings must occur no later than 30 minutes prior to closing so please plan ahead.
Step Three: Complete the Adoption
Once you've found your perfect match, you'll meet with our adoption staff to make it official! Make sure you have everything you need to take your new pet home; this includes a collar and leash for dogs and a collar and carrier for cats. Don't have these? Don't worry! You can purchase all of these items (and more) at our on-site ReTails Pet Store.
Animal licenses are required at the time of adoption and are not included in adoption fees. Licensing fees vary according to the county or jurisdiction in which you reside. Clark County residents may learn more about licensing fees here.
Some animals may be going home with medicine or require a consultation for breed or behavior-specific conditions. We'll have a member of our staff meet with you to make sure you know what to expect.
This final step of the adoption process can take 45 minutes or more so please plan to take your time to learn all about your new family member.
Early Arrival for Adoptions
Early Arrival for Adoptions
Families interested in adopting an available puppy, kitten, or adult animal may consider an early arrival on the day they intend to adopt. Adopters are encouraged to arrive as early as possible and form a line at the front door to increase their chances of adopting their desired animal. We cannot estimate an arrival time to ensure first-in-line status.
- Daily, at 10:00 am, adoption staff will distribute “pick of the litter” cards to individuals waiting to adopt, in the order of arrival. This card allows the holder to select a puppy or kitten from the litter (or reserve their place to meet the adult dog or cat). Cards are distributed in the order in which families arrived that morning.
- Visitation of animals is not available until the Adoption Center opens that day (check our hours of operation).
- This process applies only to animals who are currently available - or will be available on the day of arrival - at our Adoption Center. Off-site adoption events cannot accommodate a preference for early arrivals.
Kittens (under 6 months) - $180*
Youth (6 months-2 years) - $80
Adult (3-6 years) - $50
Senior (7+ years) - $25
Puppies (under 6 months) - $400-$600*
Youth (6 months-2 years) - $250-$400*
Adult (3-6 years) - $150-$300*
Senior (7+ years) - $50-$100
All Ages - $25
* premium pricing may apply based on breed and/or age.
For a fee of $15, adopters may place a hold on an available animal after completing an application and meeting the animal. This fee is non-refundable and may not be applied to the adoption fee. Holds are valid until 5:30 pm the next business day and not accepted for puppies and kittens.
What's included in Adoption?
Spay or neuter surgery. It's part of our commitment to reducing the population of unwanted and homeless animals.
Microchip ID and national registration. Microchips are registered and updated with current contact information at the time of adoption. This information can be updated at any time by creating an account on the website for the pet's microchip.
Select vaccinations. Vaccinations need to be updated regularly as instructed by your family vet. All pets are vaccinated prior to adoption and a vaccine history will be provided at the time of adoption.
Complimentary veterinary exam with a local participating veterinarian. All families receive options for follow-up care with a local veterinarian covering basic exams and wellness checks. More information on these services will be provided at the time of adoption.
Animal training information. HSSW offers training classes for dogs at discounted rates for adopters.
Coupons for treats, toys and more! As part of our partnership with Mud Bay, all adopters receive coupons for use at their local store.
Registration with Finding Rover. Finding Rover is a facial recognition software that can help locate your pet if it goes missing. Your pet is automatically registered at the time of adoption.
30 days of free pet insurance. Adopters interested in pet insurance must call to activate this service. Additional contact information will be provided at the time of adoption.
We do not offer reservations or requests to be notified when specific breeds of dogs or cats become available for adoption. Adopters interested in a specific breed of animal are encouraged to monitor our website daily.
Barn Cat Adoptions
The Humane Society for Southwest Washington offers barn cat adoptions for placement in an environment offering an independent, outdoor life complemented by appropriate care and shelter like a barn or garage. These cats are healthy, altered and vaccinated.
Adoptable barn cats are housed in a space unavailable for public socialization. All available barn cats are listed on our website (noted with “Barn Cat” in their name). Most adoptable barn cats are young adults between one and five years of age. Adoptable barn cats are not social, friendly cats or suited to be pets. They are working cats and should not be adopted by a family with an intention to transition the cat to indoor life.
Individuals interested in adopting a barn cat may contact our staff at [email protected]. If you have a color, age, or gender preference, we will do our best to accommodate. Our staff will reply with options for adopting the cat(s) best suited to your request and will provide additional information and instructions for adopting your new working cat.
To find out more information about how to properly acclimate a barn cat to your property, click here.
Rabbits can make wonderful pets! They can charm you with their silly bunny shenanigans, keep you cozy for the cutest Netflix binge ever, and become your best friend. Looking for more information about rabbits in your home? Check out our friends at Rabbit Advocates! They have wonderful resources for families interested in adopting a rabbit.
And when you prepare to adopt a rabbit, don't forget to visit our friends at Orchard's Feed to make sure your rabbit has all the food, bedding, and supplies he or she needs to settle into your home.
Offsite Adoption Locations
You can find more HSSW cats at adoption sites in our community. Currently, you can find HSSW adoptable cats at:
ReTails Thrift Store
5000 E Fourth Plain Boulevard
Petco Hazel Dell
8820 NE 5th Ave
11505 NE Fourth Plain Blvd #82
Petco Cascade Park
305 SE Chkalov Dr
All cats currently available at these sites are listed on our website. Check out our currently available adoptable cats.
We care for more than 8,000 animals annually. Just like humans, simple viruses (like dog and cat colds) can be transmitted easily and symptoms may not develop until days later. Treatment of many conditions may be covered by the certificates for complimentary medical services included in your adoption packet. Adopters are strongly encouraged to utilize these certificates after adoption.
If you have a post-adoption medical concern, call us at 360.693.4746 or email [email protected].
After heading home, it takes some time for pets to adjust to their new environment. Make sure to give your pet plenty of time to get used to this new, exciting life. Remembering a few simple guidelines can help:
Keep it simple. Your pet will want to settle in to their new home so try to limit any extra excitement until they've had time to adjust.
Play it safe. If you adopted a dog, make sure he always wears his collar and stays on-leash when you're in an unfenced area. We recommend you do not visit a dog park or other areas with lots of dog traffic right away.
Go slow. Your pet has just experienced a lot of change. While it's important to introduce habits like house-training and establish boundaries for acceptable behavior in the home, try not to overwhelm them with more than just the basics of home life in the first few days.
You'll find a list of tips and strategies for managing common behaviors, training resources, and more on our Resources Page.
If you have a post-adoption behavior concern, or you need a little help, call us at 360.693.4746 or email [email protected].