How to Adopt a Pet

Adopting a pet is an involved process because of the importance of finding good matches between animals and people. Everything we do is in the best interest of the animals.

If you’re serious about bringing an animal into your home, here’s what you should know:

Filling out an application does not guarantee any adoption. 

The application process is the first step in helping us assist you with the appropriate pet for your lifestyle. We are looking out for each animal's best interest as well as yours. We choose homes based on specific needs of each animal. The animal you choose to meet may not be the best fit for your activity level, the time you have to commit, or your living situation.

We do not place a "hold" on any animal for potential adopters. 

In reviewing your application, we may need additional time to verify some information. If we need further action on your part or are unable to verify specific information, the animal of your interest may be adopted by someone else.

An adoption is a partnership between the shelter and the adopter. 

We depend on your cooperation to figure out the best situation for you and your family, as well as the animal. We will not sponsor an adoption in which we are not confident and we reserve the right to deny any adoption for any reason.

When you adopt from a shelter, you are adopting an animal with history. 

Sometimes that history is bright and happy; other times it is not. All animals will go through a period of adjustment when they enter a new environment. We ask that you seriously think about the challenges involved with adopting a shelter pet. It is a life-long commitment and we urge you to make a responsible decision.

The Humane Society of NWPA reserves the right to deny any adoption application with or without disclosure of cause.