Adopting a Pet

Q. I want to adopt a dog but I already have a dog at home. Do I need to do anything special?

A. If you are thinking of adopting a dog and you already have a dog at home, we ask that you bring your current dog(s) to the Humane Society to meet the potential new addition.

Q. What if I get my new pet home and discover that it doesn’t fit in with my family?

A. Generally it will take a few weeks for your new pet to become a part of the family, however, if things just aren’t working out, we have the following return policy:

  • If the animal is returned within one week you are entitled to a full refund
  • If the animal is returned within two weeks you may exchange it for another animal

Q. How much does it cost to adopt an animal at the Humane Society?

A. Our adoption fees vary with age, species and by individual case. For more information please call the shelter at 360-457-8206

We often have specials so these prices may vary.

Q. What is included in the adoption fee?

A. Adoption fees include a microchip, spay or neuter, vaccinations, and a wellness check by a participating veterinarian.

Q. Why are small breed dogs more expensive?

A. Small breeds tend to be highly adoptable and there are fewer available. Their higher adoption fee helps off-set the costs of the pets that need to have a reduced fee.

Q. I am looking for a specific breed. What do I do?

A. We generally have a large selection of mixed breed animals and on occasion we have purebreds available. Check our website frequently or check petfinder.com to see what animals are available.

Q. What breeds of dogs will I find when I visit the shelter?

A. Although we have a wide variety of breeds, you will almost always find a large selection of these breeds and breed mixes: lab, pit bull, terrier, border collie, chow, shepherd.

Q. What’s DSH?

A. This acronym stands for Domestic Short Hair, which is the most popular type of cat to come into our, and most other, shelters. These are basically mix-breed cats that come in all shapes and sizes.

Q. May I adopt a pet as a gift for someone else?

A. Adopting a pet is a personal, lifestyle decision, and all potential adopters are carefully counseled by our Adoption Counselors to ensure that the pet and adopter are a good match. If you’re considering adopting a pet as a gift, we recommend that you, instead, purchase a gift certificate. Gift certificates are available at the shelter. Our gift certificates may be redeemed by adopters for any of our adoptable pets!

Q. Can you hold an animal for me?

A. If you have completed an adoption application and you’ve been approved to adopt an animal, we can hold an animal for 24 hours