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Adoption Information

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Adoption Information

We work hard to make adopting easy! Learn more about the adoption process and check out the information below for more details. Don't see what you're looking for? Contact our team

  • Adoption Fees

    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 - 1 year) - $150 - $200
    Youth (1 - 2 years) - $100
    Adult (3 - 6 years) - $50 - 80
    Senior (7+ years) - $25 - $50

    Barn Cats/Working Cats - $0


    Puppies (under 6 months - 1 year) - $500 - $600
    Youth (1 - 2 years) - $300 - $400
    Adult (3 - 6 years) - $100 - $200
    Senior (7+ years) - $25 - $50


    All ages - $45 and $70 for bonded pair

    Guinea Pigs

    All ages - $25

  • Adoption Holds

    Adoption holds are available for special placement pets, whose adoption process may include additional time to meet family and pets in the adopter's home. Holds are not available for other pets.

  • Adoption Socials

    If a dog is being adopted by a family with other dogs at home, an adoption social is required. This helps us make sure the adoptable dog will be a good fit for their new housemates. These socials will be scheduled by our Adoption Team after you have completed an adoption application.

    For safety, we do not facilitate dog-to-cat or cat-to-cat introductions. Our team can provide additional support and guidance to help with safe introductions in the home. 

  • Adults, Children, and Families

    You must be 18 years of age or older and able to meet the individual needs of the pet in order to adopt. Any children living in the home should also accompany you when adopting. 

    Some pets may have limitations on the ages of children in their new home. This guidance is in place to help meet the emotional and physical needs of the pet are met and also ensure a safe and happy home environment for other people and pets. 

  • Who should meet my new pet?

    When you adopt a pet, it's important to make sure the whole family can meet them. Of course, we also want to make sure this is a process that reduces stress and anxiety. If you have a dog at home, our staff and volunteers will facilitate an adoption social with your dog and the dog you intend to adopt. Please do not bring your dog with you into the adoptable animal spaces with you when you visit HSSW.

    We do not offer cat-to-cat introductions, rabbit-to-rabbit introductions, or interspecies introductions. Instead, our team will provide helpful guides and information on how to safely introduce your pets in their new home. 

  • Special Placement Animals

    Some animals may have placement needs that require a consultation with a member of our staff to discuss what they need in their new home. In these instances, an online application must be submitted prior to meeting the dog or cat. A member of our team will contact you to schedule a time to meet the adoptable animal and learn more about their placement needs.   

  • What's included in Adoption?
    • Spay or neuter surgery. It's part of our commitment to reducing the population of unwanted and homeless animals.
    • Discounted rates for pet insurance. Thanks to our partnership with Fetch Pet Insurance, adopters can have an extra peace of mind when they adopt. Life with pets is full of surprises — including the occasional injured paw or stomach ache. With Fetch, you’re prepared. Whatever treatment your best friend needs, you have the best pet insurance to help cover the cost.
    • 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.
    • Coupons for treats, toys and more! As part of our partnership with Mud Bay, all adopters receive coupons for use at their local store.
  • 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. 

  • Breed Requests

    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. 

Hill's Food, Shelter & Love Program

While staying at HSSW, we feed pets high-quality Hill's pet food through the Hill's Food, Shelter & Love Program. Providing a consistent diet of premium, healthy pet food supports general animal health, reduces digestive issues, and provides adopters the opportunity to maintain their pet's diet. Adoption counselors can assist with more information about pet food and diets at the time of adoption. 


Contact our team at [email protected]