About Adoption

  1. Verify how a new pet will mesh with your lifestyle, and what pet qualities work well with your lifestyle.
  2. Check with your landlord or home-owner’s association policies, and what their fees or deposits might be.
  3. Identify possible adoption candidates online.
  4. Consult with a Willamette Humane representative to help find the proper lifestyle match.
  5. Complete an Adoption Inquire Form found on the details page of each animal.
  6. If not already spayed or neutered, you may need to wait until cleared by a veterinarian.
  7. Review the pet’s history, including behavioral and/or medical, with an Adoptions Specialist.
  8. Prepare for your new pet by purchasing supplies.  We have a pet supply & gift store on-site, Davenport’s Den.
  9. Complete the adoption contract and payment.
  10. Post-adoption, consider behavior & training classes to encourage and improve quality of life for you and your pet.

If you are interested in adopting an animal, but are unable to immediately complete the adoption process, you may place a temporary hold on an adoptable pet for $25. This nonrefundable fee will be applied to your adoption fee when you take your new family member home!

Adoption Hold

If you are interested in adopting an animal, but are unable to immediately complete the adoption process, you may place a temporary hold on an adoptable pet for $25. This nonrefundable fee will be applied to your adoption fee when you take your new family member home!

How to place a hold:

  1. Complete an Adoption Inquire form before placing a hold.  Available on the details page of each Animal.
  2. All applicants must be over the age of 18.
  3. Ask a a Willamette Humane representative to place a hold.

Please note that all holds expire at the close of the next shelter business day. Again, we cannot place holds over the phone or via email—thank you for your understanding.

Falling in love with a pet who already has a hold? 
Available Pets at WHS may have up to three holds placed by interested adopters, so don’t hesitate to ask a a Willamette Humane representative to place a hold. If a pet is already on hold additional holds can be placed. This is considered a “back-up hold” and places you “next in line” in case the previous hold doesn’t lead to an adoption. The cost for back-up holds is still $25. This hold fee is nonrefundable, even if you do not end up completing an adoption, and non-transferable to another adoptable pet.

Adoption Fees

Dogs

  • Puppies: starting at $125
  • Adult Dogs: starting at $100
  • Senior Dogs (7+ years): starting at $60

Cats

  • Kittens (2 – 6 months): $125
  • Juveniles ( 7 mo  – >12 mo): $75
  • Adult Cats (1 yr – >7 yrs): $50
  • Seniors (7 years and up): $25
  • Special needs (FIV+ or others): $25
  • Barn cats: Waived adoption fee (free)
  • Hospice: Waived adoption fee (free)

WHS does not accept checks for adoptions or merchandise. We do accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, and debit cards.

The adoption package for a dog or a cat includes:

  • Vet exam
  • Microchip & inclusion in national registry
  • Personalized ID tag
  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • First vaccinations & de-worming
  • Trial of Insurance from 24PetWatch
  • Temporary collar
  • Temporary leash for dogs or a carrier for cats
  • Coupon for NutriSource pet food, sold in Davenport’s Den

Return Guarantee
“Happy People – Happy Pets”

What if the adoption isn’t working out? Can I return the pet?

Happy People Happy Pets

Yes, Happiness matters-for you and your new pet!
Your adoption satisfaction is guaranteed.  If you adopt a pet from Willamette Humane Society and discover that you are not compatible, you may return the pet within 30 days and receive a refund of your adoption fee or an exchange for another pet that will meet your needs.
After 30 days if you find it that is not the best long term match, that is ok too. You may return the pet after 30 days. However, there are no refunds or compensation offered.

We want to place the right pet in the right home and eliminate any perceived risk that might be associated with adopting. Our policy will help ensure a good fit for both the adopter and the animal, improve customer satisfaction, and hopefully increase the number of adoptions. Ultimately, if people are happy with the pets they adopt, the pets are going to be happy too.

Willamette Humane’s “Happy People Happy Pets” started with a grant through the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and is based on a program successfully implemented by the Humane Society of Boulder Valley as part of the ASPCA’s $100,000 Challenge. Encouraged by the success of Boulder Humane’s adoption refund initiative, the ASPCA invited shelters to apply for grant funding to pilot similar programs in their communities. WHS was one of 3 shelters selected to receive grant funding. Per the ASPCA’s requirements, most of the grant money was used to conduct visitor surveys at Willamette Humane and establish some baseline data that will help staff measure the success of the program. The other portion of the grant was utilized to help spread the word about the new initiative to the community.