Adoption FAQs

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

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Dog FAQ

How much does it cost to adopt a dog?
The Idaho Humane Society’s adoption fees for dogs vary from $35 to $300. Large-breed dogs over the age of 8 have the lowest adoption fees. Purebreds, small-breed dogs and puppies have higher adoption fees.

Why are some dogs so expensive?
The dogs with the highest adoption fees are those in highest demand. Even with higher fees, these are dogs that tend to find homes within days – or even hours – of going out on the adoption floor. Their adoption fees allow them to act as benefactors to dogs that need more time in the shelter before they find a home. Click here for further explanation of dog adoption fees.

What does a dog’s adoption fee cover?
The adoption fee covers a spay or neuter surgery, first set of vaccinations – including rabies – and an identification microchip.  The dog’s license fee will need to be paid in addition to the adoption fee if you live in Meridian, Boise, Kuna or Ada County.

Do you ever get a certain breed of dog?
The Idaho Humane Society has seen nearly every kind of purebred dog imaginable come through the shelter. But most of the dogs we see are adorable mixes. We suggest that you check our shelter and adoptable animal page frequently for a dog that matches your lifestyle. At any given time, we usually have dogs of all sizes, ages and energy levels looking for a home.

Is a dog housetrained or good with kids/cats/other dogs?
When dogs are relinquished, their owners are encouraged to fill out a questionnaire describing the behaviors and personality of the animal. If that information is available, it should be included with the dog’s yellow kennel card.

Dogs that come into the shelter as strays can be a little trickier. Though we usually don’t know very much about their history, we can report on what we know from our evaluations and the dog’s general behavior in the shelter. 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 for you.

Are there discounts for seniors adopting a dog?
Yes, we offer a program through Pets for the Elderly that will discount a dog’s regular adoption fee by $50 for qualifying seniors over the age of 60. Qualifying dogs must be at least 2 years old. Seniors wishing to adopt through this program must be present at the shelter to sign the adoption paperwork. You can learn more here.

What happens if the dog doesn’t work out in my home?
Adopters can always return their adopted dog to the shelter. If they return the dog within 30 days, they can receive 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’s shelter, store or medical center.

Does IHS have a special adoption program if I have a prescription for a pet from my doctor?
We do not have a reduced fee adoption program for doctor-prescribed pets, but you are certainly still welcome to consider one of our lovely shelter dogs.

Cat FAQ

How much does it cost to adopt a cat?
The Idaho Humane Society’s adoption fees for cats vary from $10 to $75 based on the cat’s age. You can find the specifics here.

What does a cat’s adoption fee cover?
The fee covers a cat’s spay or neuter surgery, first set of shots (not including feline leukemia or feline AIDs) and an identification microchip. If you live in Boise city limits, you will also be required to pay $10 for a rabies vaccination.

Do you ever get a certain breed of cat or type of cat?
We have seen nearly every type, size, age, color or pattern of cat imaginable come through our doors. We suggest that you check our shelter and adoptable animal page frequently for a cat that matches your lifestyle. At any given time, we usually have cats of all sizes, ages and energy levels looking for a home.

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. Any information we know about whether the cat is litter box trained or good with kids, dogs or other cats can be found on the reverse side of the cat’s kennel card. If there’s no card on the kennel, the front desk can look up this information.

Are there discounts for seniors adopting a cat?
Yes, we offer a program through Pets for the Elderly that will discount a cat’s regular adoption fee 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. You can learn more here.

What happens if the cat doesn’t work out in my home?
Adopters can always return their adopted cat to the shelter. If they return the cat within 30 days, they can receive 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’s 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 litter box. However, we do frequently receive cats that are already declawed and may be adopted.