Adopting at HSSW
Ready to find your new family member? That's our favorite part of the day! At HSSW, you'll find a variety of dogs, cats, and rabbits just waiting for a family like you. Click the links below to view animals available for adoption.
Haven't adopted at HSSW for a while? Welcome! Make sure you are up to date - click to learn more about our adoption process.
And don't forget to check out our current adoption promotions. Your new family member might just have a reduced adoption fee! Adoption promotions vary throughout the year, as needed.
Adoption Promotions and Discounts
Summer Lovin' | Reduced-fee adoptions for dogs 3 and older
Love the summer with a new family dog. Take 20% off adoption fees for dogs age 3 and older. Whether you're looking for a new jogging buddy or a couch potato or something in between, you could meet your new canine BFF.
Wise Whiskers | Reduced-fee adoptions for cats 3 and older
Kittens are cute, but these whiskers are wise! $10 adoption fees for all cats age 3 and older. When you welcome an adult cat into your home, you have a companion who is ready to be your best bud - without the kitten learning-curve.
He Cared. We Care. | Discounts for military service
It's our way of thanking those who have sacrificed. Every day, active-duty and veterans of US Military service receive 25% off adoption fees. We are grateful to the Ray Hickey Foundation for making this program possible.
Animals are available for adoption by appointment only. Adoptable animal spaces are closed to the public for general visitation. All animals may be viewed online.
Cat and Rabbit Adoption Process
The cat and rabbit adoption process offers both an in-person and online adoption experience. In-person adoptions require an appointment and allow guests to meet with up to two animals they are interested in adopting. The online adoption process provides a limited-contact process, and adoptions are completed online without meeting the animal.
Learn more about each option by reviewing the information below.
For those who prefer to adopt meet and adopt in-person, HSSW offers limited, scheduled appointments for families. Maximum of two individuals for the appointment. Masks are required for anyone not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Step One: Schedule an Appointment
Appointments are available for cats and kittens only. These appointments are limited to 30 minutes, adopters may select up to two cats to meet during their appointment. Adopters will need a smartphone or tablet to complete the adoption. If adopters do not have a device, an HSSW tablet will be made available.
Individuals who arrive without an appointment may be offered an appointment if available. This cannot be guaranteed.
Step Two: Arriving for Your Appointment
When you arrive for your appointment, please ring the bell and our team will meet you. Appointments are limited to 30 minutes - up to 15 minutes to view available cats and 15 minutes to meet. You may select up to two cats you are interested in meeting for your adoption social.
Step Three: Adopting Your New Cat
If you choose to adopt one of the cats you selected, you will use your tablet or smartphone to scan the cat's QR code. This will open our adoption portal on your device. You will then proceed to complete the adoption on your device. This can be done in our lobby, or in your car.
All currently available cats and kittens can be viewed on our website. The adoption process is convenient, simple, and offers a contact-free adoption experience. Learn more below.
Step One: View available Cats and Kittens
Click below to view all cats, rabbits, and kittens currently looking for a new family.
Step Two: Submit an Application
To begin the adoption process, click on the photo of an adoptable animal. If you are interested in adopting, click the "adopt me" button and to begin the process. Once submitted, your application will be reviewed by our team. You will receive automated updates on the status of your application.
Step Three: Complete the Adoption
Once your adoption is completed, our team will work with you to set up an appointment to pick up your new cat and will send you more information about the day of your adoption. Adoption fees will be paid through our secure, online adoption portal.
Dog Adoption Process
The dog adoption process is currently available online only. This process provides a limited-contact adoption, completed online. Learn more below.
Step One: View Available Dogs
Dog adoption spaces are not open to the public. All dog adoptions must be completed online. Click below to view all dogs and puppies currently in our care and looking for a new home.
Didn't see an animal you're looking for? Please check back. Animals are added throughout the day.
Step Two: Submit an Application
To begin the adoption process, click on the photo of an adoptable animal to learn more about them. If you are interested in adopting, click the "adopt me" button and to begin the process. Once submitted, your application will be reviewed by our team. You will receive automated updates on the status of your application.
Step Three: Complete the Adoption
Once approved, our team will work with you to set up an appointment and will send you more information about the day of your adoption. Adoption fees will be paid through our secure, online adoption portal. Your appointment will include a social to introduce him or her to any people and dogs (when applicable) in the home.
While some puppies and kittens may be available to adopt at any time through our regular adoption process, some litters may be made available during special adoption showcases. Animals who are available only during a showcase will have that noted on their adoption profile.
Saturday, June 26 | 11:00 am
The process for an adoption showcase differs from our regular adoption process. Please review the information below if you intend to adopt an animal featured in an adoption showcase.
Adoption Showcase Process
Step One: Arriving at the Adoption Center
Families interested in adopting a showcase kitten or puppy should arrive at the Adoption Center on the designated day. The showcase adoption process is first come, first served. Families may arrive early to improve their chance to adopt one of the animals in the showcase. Family groups may consist of no more than three individuals.
Step Two: Pick of the Litter
At the designated start time, an Adoption Counselor will distribute numbered Pick of the Litter cards to families waiting to adopt. These cards are distributed to families waiting in line, in the order in which they arrived. Please note: families may not hold a spot in line for another family.
Step Three: Meeting the Animals
Once all Pick of the Litter cards are distributed, the first family will meet with the litter of their choice to select an animal they wish to adopt. If more than one litter is available, families must select only one litter to meet (this helps reduce the spread of germs). Once the first family has met with the selected litter, the next family will be allowed to meet, and so on until all families have had an opportunity or all animals have been reserved.
Step Four: Completing the Adoption
Once a family has selected the animal they wish to adopt, an Adoption Counselor will assist them in completing the adoption process. A smartphone or tablet in required to process adoptions. If a family does not have a device, an HSSW tablet will be made available.
If an animal is available immediately, they will go home that day with the adopter. In the case of pre-adoption events, the family will be informed of a pick-up time and process by their Adoption Counselor.
Looking for more general information about adoptions at HSSW? Check out the information below!
Adoption fees vary based on factors like an animal's age, breed, and medical/health history. Premium adoption fees may apply to some animals.
Kittens (under 6 months) - $180
Youth (6 months-2 years) - $80
Adult (3-6 years) - $50
Senior (7+ years) - $25
Puppies (under 6 months) - $400-$600
Youth (6 months-2 years) - $250-$400
Adult (3-6 years) - $150-$300
Senior (7+ years) - $50-$100
All ages - $25
What's included in Adoption?
- Spay or neuter surgery. It's part of our commitment to reducing the population of unwanted and homeless animals.
- Microchip ID and national registration. Microchips are registered and updated with current contact information at the time of adoption. This information can be updated at any time by creating an account on the website for the pet's microchip.
- Select vaccinations. Vaccinations need to be updated regularly as instructed by your family vet. All pets are vaccinated prior to adoption and a vaccine history will be provided at the time of adoption.
- Complimentary veterinary exam with a local participating veterinarian. All families receive options for follow-up care with a local veterinarian covering basic exams and wellness checks. More information on these services will be provided at the time of adoption.
- Animal training information. HSSW offers training classes for dogs at discounted rates for adopters.
- Coupons for treats, toys and more! As part of our partnership with Mud Bay, all adopters receive coupons for use at their local store.
- Registration with Finding Rover. Finding Rover is a facial recognition software that can help locate your pet if it goes missing. Your pet is automatically registered at the time of adoption.
Items Required for Adoption
Adopters will also be asked to purchase a few necessary items before leaving with their new family member. These items include a collar and leash for dogs and a carrier for cats.
Animal licenses are required at the time of adoption and are not included in adoption fees. Licensing fees vary according to the county or jurisdiction in which you reside. Clark County residents may learn more about licensing fees.
Where Do the Animals Come From?
Many of our pets are from right here in our community. They may be stray or lost, or surrendered by a family who could no longer care for them. But many of our animals (usually dogs, but also some cats) arrive at HSSW through our transport program! HSSW has partnerships with many shelters in our area, around the country, and even some contacts internationally.
Transporting animals provides an opportunity to find homes for many animals from shelters who are overcrowded and cannot care for them. We're grateful for the opportunity to provide a second chance to these animals in need.
We are unable to offer reservations or requests to be notified when specific breeds of dogs or cats become available for adoption. Adopters interested in a specific breed of animal are encouraged to monitor our website daily.
Contact our team at [email protected]