Process and Fees

Choosing the right pet will reward you and your family with years of unconditional love and companionship. We urge you to take some time to consider the type of pet that will best fit your lifestyle and to remember that pet ownership is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Owning a pet means taking on the responsibility of caring for the pet through its entire life, which in many cases can mean at least a 12-year commitment.

Adoption Process

To adopt a pet, visit the Idaho Humane Society’s main Dorman Street shelter or PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center.

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At our Dorman Street facility, adoptable dogs are housed in Kennel D and occasionally Kennel C – there will be signs on the doors to let you know for sure which kennels are open. Adoptable cats are housed in the Sugar Toes Cattery right off of the front desk area.

Each animal should have a card on its kennel or cage containing information about its age, breed and personality. If you don’t see a card or if you have additional questions about an animal, you can visit the customer service desk in the kennel hallway or the front desk. Often a missing kennel card means that an animal is on hold for a potential adopter, but you can always double-check with our staff or volunteers.

The customer service desk in the kennel hallway can also supply you with a leash so you can take a dog out of its kennel and spend some time with it in a Get Acquainted Room or the shelter backyard. Puppies younger than 6 months old must stay indoors. You can pet cats in their cages or hold them inside of the cattery area.

Once you’ve decided to adopt an animal, take their kennel card to the front desk to complete your paperwork. This process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour. You will then proceed into See Spot Shop to pay for your pet’s adoption fee (see below) plus tax, a license fee (for dogs), a rabies vaccination charge (for cats) and any additional veterinary expenses you opt to have done for you pet.

All dogs are spayed or neutered before going out into the adoption kennels and can go to their new homes immediately. Cats that are already spayed or neutered can also go home immediately following their adoption. Cats that are NOT spayed or neutered at the time of adoption can be picked up the NEXT day between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. at our Veterinary Medical Center.

24-hour hold: If you’d like to adopt an animal but are not ready to take it home immediately, you can place a hold on it for a maximum of 24 hours. A $25 deposit is required to hold a pet. When you return for the animal, that $25 will be put toward the animal’s adoption fee. If you do not return in 24 hours or decide not to adopt that particular pet, the $25 will be donated to the Idaho Humane Society.

Adoption Fees

Dogs

Adoption fees range from $35 to $300 depending on the size, breed, age and condition of the animal.

Cats

  • $75 for kittens 8 weeks to 16 weeks old
  • $50 for cats 17 weeks to 4 years old
  • $25 for cats 5 to 8 years old
  • $10 for cats 8 years or older

All adoption fees cover the animal’s mandatory spay or neuter surgery, first FVRCP (cats) or DHPP (dogs) vaccination, rabies vaccination and microchip for identification, plus a food sample and educational information.

You will need to purchase a license for your dog at the time of adoption. You can see the fees for each jurisdiction within Ada County here.

We offer discounts on adoption fees for seniors. You can learn more about that program here.

Barn Cats

If you’re looking for a mouser to live outdoors on your property and can provide shelter and food to support a feral/barn cat, you can adopt one for $10. Visit the shelter and ask to speak with the cattery staff about adopting a barn cat. They’ll show you currently available healthy feral cats.

The cat will be spayed or neutered the next morning, receive its FVRCP vaccination and have its ear notched. You will be able to pick it up that afternoon between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.