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

Tuesday thru Sunday you may visit animals at our adoption center (masks are required).

To adopt a pet, visit the Idaho Humane Society’s NEW ADOPTION CENTER. Please note we are CLOSED Mondays and have new operating hours:

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Each animal has a kennel card with 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 to get additional help.

Puppies younger than 6 months old must stay indoors. Dogs older than six months may spend time in the outdoor kennels, indoor play yards, or Get Acquainted rooms.

Dog Adoption Process:

  • Each dog and kennel has a specific leash. The individual(s) spending time with the dog (holding the leash) is the only party that may adopt the dog.
  • If an individual met the dog earlier and is interested in adopting, they must wait until the individual(s) with the dog turn over the leash, indicating they are moving onto another animal. Essentially, possessing the leash provides the ability to adopt the dog.
  • Leashes may be turned into the customer service desk and exchanged for adoption paperwork or exchanged for a new leash. The leash will be turned into the customer service desk; the adopter will receive a packet to take to the front desk to complete the adoption paperwork.
  • The adoption paperwork process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. Fees include your pet’s adoption fee (see below) plus tax, a license fee (for dogs), and any additional veterinary expenses you opt to have done for your pet.
  • All dogs are spayed or neutered before going out into the adoption kennels and can go to their new homes immediately.

Cat Adoption Process:

  • Our new cattery offers a wide array of cats and kittens. You’re welcome to pet the cats inside their cages or hold them inside of the cattery area. We also have several rooms with free-roaming cats who have the ability to access our outdoor catio. You’re welcome to sit and enjoy your time getting to know our feline friends.
  • If you decide to adopt an animal, please check in with the cattery information desk to receive a packet to take to the front desk to complete the adoption paperwork.
  • The adoption paperwork process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. Fees include your pet’s adoption fee (see below) plus tax, a rabies vaccination charge, and any additional veterinary expenses you opt to have done for your pet.
  • All cats at our new adoption facility will be spayed or neutered, so they can go home immediately following their adoption.

24-Hour Hold

If you’d like to adopt an animal you’ve met on the adoption floor but are not ready to take it home immediately, you can place a hold on it for a maximum of 24 hours.

  • The fee for dogs $150 or more is $50
  • The fee for dogs $149 or less is $25
  • PLEASE NOTE DURING COVID, WE ARE DOING A $25 HOLD TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT.

When you return for the animal, that fee paid 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 fee will be donated to the Idaho Humane Society.

Adoption Fees

Dogs

Adoption fees range from $35 to $350 depending on the size, breed, age, and condition of the animal.

Cats

  • $75 for kittens 8 weeks to 16 weeks old
  • $40 for cats 17 weeks to 4 years old
  • $25 for cats 5 to 8 years old
  • $10 for cats 8 years or older
  • Please note that pricing may vary at offsite adoption centers.

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.

Returns

If the adoption is not a good fit or not working out for some reason, the adopted pet may be returned to the Idaho Humane Society within 30 days from date of adoption by the original adopter. A taxed return processing fee of $10 per dog or $5 per cat will be charged and the remaining balance of adoption fee (license is not refundable) will be refunded in the same form of original payment.

If payment is made by cash, a check will be issued to the original adopter within 72 hours of return. The adopter can pick up the check at the adoption center on Bird Street or choose to have it delivered by mail.  If the payment is made by check a refund will be mailed to you within 30 days after the return date. This does NOT apply if the adoption fee was a donation and not a fixed adoption price.

All original adoption paperwork and receipt of payment must accompany the animal before a REFUND will be issued, and must be received within 30 days of adoption.

***PLEASE NOTE DURING COVID, ALL ANIMAL RETURNS WILL BE DONE AT DORMAN. ALL CHECKS WILL BE MAILED.