Give Now

What is the process to adopt a pet at the Idaho Humane Society?

Click here for the adoption process and fees.

Dog FAQ

How much does it cost to adopt a dog?

The Idaho Humane Society's adoption fees for dogs vary from $20 to $300. Large breed dogs over the age of 8 years have a lower fee, and purebred or small breed dogs often have higher adoption fees, up to $300.

Why are some dogs so expensive?

Dogs with higher adoption fees are purebred dogs or small sized dogs that are in high demand. They are quickly adopted, even with their higher fees. Their adoption fees allow them to act as benefactors to other dogs. Their fees can help give other dogs more time or special medical care and a better chance at adoption. Click here for further explanation of dog adoption fees.

What does a dog's adoption fee cover?

The adoption fee includes a dog's spay or neuter surgery. It also includes a dog's first set of shots, including rabies and an identification microchip as well. The dog's license fee will need to be paid in addition to the adoption fee if you live in Meridian, Ada County, Boise, or Kuna.

Do you ever get a certain breed of dog or small dogs?

The Idaho Humane Society has had nearly every purebred dog imaginable come through the Shelter, even many examples of less common breeds. Anyone interested in a less common breed can fill out a Special Request Form. A Special Request Form can be filled out at the shelter or "online by clicking here. We suggest that you check the shelter frequently for the dog that matches your lifestyle.

Is a dog housetrained or good with kids/cats/other dogs?

When dogs are relinquished by their owners, they are encouraged to fill out a questionnaire describing the behaviors and personality of the animal.

When a dog comes into the Shelter as a stray we usually don't know very much information about them. Sometimes their behavior at the Shelter can tell us whether a dog is good with other dogs or likely housebroken. Any information we know about the dog is found on the dog's yellow kennel card.

If there's no card on the kennel, the customer service desk in the kennel hallway or front desk can look up this information on the computer.

Are there discounted adoptions for seniors adopting a dog?

The IHS does have a discounted adoption program for qualifying seniors over the age of 60 through Pets for the Elderly. Qualifying dogs must be at least 2 years old. Seniors wishing to adopt under this program must be present at the shelter to sign the adoption paperwork. The program discounts a dog's regular adoption fee by $50. Check with the front desk for more information on qualifications for the senior adoption program. Call (208) 342-3508 ext. 2274.

What happens if the dog doesn't work out in my home?

Adopters can always return their adopted dog to the IHS. If they return the dog to the Shelter within 30 days, they can get a gift card in the amount of their adoption fee (but not for any additional veterinary procedures the owner chose to do) for use later at Idaho Humane Society shelter, store or medical center.

Does the IHS have a special adoption program if I have a prescription for a pet from my doctor?

The IHS does not have a reduced fee adoption program for doctor prescribed pets. But you're welcome to adopt your doctor prescribed pet at the IHS!

Cat FAQ

How much does it cost to adopt a cat?

The Idaho Humane Society's adoption fees for cats vary from $10 to $50. Cats over 8 years of age that come into the shelter already spayed and neutered are $10 to adopt. Cats over 5 years of age that come into the shelter already spayed and neutered are $25 to adopt. All other cats are $50 to adopt.

What does a cat's adoption fee cover?

The adoption fee includes a cat's spay or neuter surgery. It also includes a cat's first set of shots (does not include Feline Leukemia or Feline AIDs) and an identification microchip. Additional expenses to be expected with adoption include paying $10 for a required Rabies vaccination (Boise city limits only) and additional veterinary services the owners decide to do.

Do you ever get a certain breed of cat or type of cat?

The Idaho Humane Society has had nearly every type, size, age, color or pattern of cat imaginable go through the Shelter, even less common breeds. Some breeds do come in less frequently. Anyone interested in a less common breed can fill out a Special Request Form. A Special Request Form can be filled out at the shelter or online by clicking here.

Is a cat litter box trained or good with kids/dogs/other cats?

When cats are relinquished by their owners, they are encouraged to fill out a questionnaire describing the behaviors and personality of the animal.

Generally a cat only goes into the cattery if it is using its litter box. Any information we know about whether the cat is litter box trained or good with kids, cats, or dogs can be found on the reverse of the cat's card if the owner filled out a pet personality profile. If there's no card on the kennel the front desk can look up this information on the computer.

Are there discounted adoptions for seniors adopting a cat?

The IHS does have a discounted adoption program for qualifying seniors over the age of 60. Qualifying cats must be at least 1 year old. Seniors wishing to adopt under this program must be present at the shelter to sign the adoption paperwork. Check with the front desk for more information on qualifications for the senior adoption program. Call (208) 342-3508 ext. 2274.

What happens if the cat doesn't work out in my home?

Adopters can always return their adopted cat to the IHS. If they return the cat to the Shelter within 30 days, they can get a gift card in the amount of their adoption fee (but not for any additional veterinary procedures the owner chose to do) for use later at the Idaho Humane Society shelter, store or medical center.

Can I get my cat declawed at the Shelter?

No. Declawing a cat is considered an inhumane practice that can be painful to the cat and cause behavior problems such as biting and not using a litterbox. However, we do receive cats frequently that are already declawed that may be adopted.