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How adoption works

Adoption is easy! Our friendly adoption staff will work with you to find the right dog, cat, or critter for your home.

Get started by checking our online adoption listings (updated every 20 minutes) or stop by one of our five adoption centers. We encourage you to spend time getting to know prospective pets. If you have questions or wish to visit with an animal, just ask a staff member or volunteer for assistance. (If you wish to meet one of our special Hidden Gems, please call ahead to schedule a visit.)

Once you’ve made a decision, we’ll sit down for an informal consultation to ensure that you and the pet you’ve selected are a good match. During this process we will also review the animal’s medical and behavioral records, explain policies and services available to adopters, and help you choose the right pet supplies.

We will continue to support you and your pet at home. Our online welcome kit for adopters is full of information that can make your pet's transition from the shelter to your home as stress-free as possible — along with tips to keep your pet happy and healthy. You'll also learn ways you and your pet can use services at Animal Humane Society.