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Adopt

How to Adopt

Have your eye on a specific animal? Download and complete the questionnaire for the type of animal in which you are interested and bring it with you to the shelter during open hours

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Once a questionnaire is received, shelter staff will sit down with you to have a conversation on the specific animal you are interested in (or in some cases, just the type of animal you are interested in).

Once a questionnaire is received, shelter staff will sit down with you to have a conversation on the specific animal you are interested in (or in some cases, just the type of animal you are interested in).

For the quickest service, bring your whole family, including resident dogs, as we require meet and greets with the entire household (cats and small mammals excluded).

If you rent, bring a copy of your lease. Shelter staff will also obtain verbal Landlord approval.

If you own your home, or rent and have written permission from your landlord, you are eligible to adopt a pet from the Whitman County Humane Society.

In the best interests of the animals, the shelter staff reserves the right to refuse adoptions.

Only individuals or families qualify to adopt; we do not adopt animals to a group such as a sorority or fraternity. We do not allow animals to be adopted as a gift.

All animals have been evaluated for adoptability. Our knowledgeable staff will help you transition your pet to his or her new home.

Adoption donations

Your adoption donation helps WCHS pay for the care of your new companion from the time s/he enters our facility until s/he joins your home. Your pet comes to you having received the following: spay or neutering, a veterinary exam, all appropriate vaccinations, worming, and a microchip. These services at a local clinic would cost about $200. Additionally, cats and kittens are tested for feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).

Can't adopt right away? Ask about our 1-day hold, only available for ADULT cats and dogs and all exotics

Pet Type Donation Total Cost
Cat (7+ months) $74.21 + Tax $80
Senior Cat $37.11 + Tax $40
Kitten (4-7 months) $102.04 + Tax $110
Kitten (under 4 months) $153.06 + Tax $165
Dog (7+ months) $120.59 + Tax $130
Senior Dog (Small 10+y, M/L 8+y, XL 5+y) $60.30 + Tax $65
Puppy (4-7 months) $162.34 + Tax $175
Puppy (under 4 months) $213.36 + Tax $230
Rabbit $55.56 + Tax $60
Guinea pig $27.83 + Tax $30
Rat $11.13 + Tax $12
"Shelter ambassador" (typically purebred) dogs $255+10 + Tax $275
"Shelter ambassador" (typically purebred) cats $208 + Tax $225

Fees for other species vary depending on breed, age, and other factors. Occasionally a particular pet's adoption fee may be higher. In addition, the adoption fee for Hope Fund animals is $200 total for dogs, $175 for cats ($185.53 and $162.34 before tax, respectively) to assist in replenishing that fund for the next injured homeless pet. Please consult the Director of Shelter Operations for more details.