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WCGHS Adoption Process

WCGHS offers meet and greet appointments for families who are interested in adopting! If there’s a match, an adoption is finalized during the 30 minute meet and greet appointment with the pet.

To help eliminate overcrowding and minimize pet stress, WCGHS has moved to appointment-based services for all adoptions. This allows staff to maintain a steady workflow, and provide exceptional customer service for adopters. All adoption appointments require an application to be completed and approved prior to being scheduled.

On-site Meet and Greet Adoption Process

This process includes a 30 minute on-site meet and greet appointment at the shelter. During the appointment at the shelter, the adopter will be given the opportunity to meet with available adoptable pets.
Step 1 – Application

Adopters must complete an adoption application, located here.

Step 2 – Approval

Once the application is approved, a WCGHS team member will reach out by phone to schedule an on-site meet and greet appointment.

Step 3 – Meet and Greet

Adopters will need to arrive on time to the shelter for the 30 minute adoption appointment. Any appointment that is over 10 minutes late will need to be rescheduled.

Step 4 – Finalizing the Adoption

During the appointment a WCGHS team member will work with the adopter to finalize paperwork and payment prior to leaving the shelter.

Step 5 – Lifetime Pet Enrollment in our Post Adoption Support Program

All adopted pets are part of the WCGHS family. We make a lifetime commitment to every pet who comes into our care. Please come to us first for any questions or support you need in caring for your pet. We want to be your first call, not your last!

Post Adoption Support Articles

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Begin Your Journey to Pet Adoption

WCGHS works hard to find homes for every pet. Our adoption counselors will work with you to make sure you and your new pet are the right fit. If you need assistance with filling out the application, please contact us at: (360) 835-3464

Adoption criteria

  • Adopter must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid photo ID.
  • Renters must provide a copy of their Renter’s Policy (or written letter from landlord) stating specific guidelines for what type of animals are permitted on the property.
  • All members of the household must agree to the adoption and meet the pet prior to finalizing the adoption.
  • You must meet any special requirements that have been set for the specific pet you are interested in adopting.

Adoption Holds

For a fee of $25 for kittens/cats and $50 for puppies/dogs, adopters may place a 24 hour hold on an available animal after completing an application. This fee is non-refundable, but may be applied to the adoption fee if the applicant finalizes an adoption for the animal. Holds are only valid for 24 hours. Please note that paying a hold fee does not guarantee approval of the adoption application.

All WCGHS cats and dogs go home:

  1. Spayed or neutered
  2. Microchipped
  3. Vaccines current to age of pet
  4. Up-to-date on parasite control

Adoption Fees:


Puppy (6 Months Old and Younger)


Youth (7 Months to 2+ Years Old)


Adult (3 to 6+ Years Old)


Senior (7+ Years Old)


*Small Breed Dogs under 25 pounds +$25.00


Kitten (6 Months Old and Younger)


Youth (7 Months to 2+ Years Old)


Adult (3 to 6+ Years Old)


Senior (7+ Years Old)


**Adopt a pair of kittens, and receive a discount of $100.00

Adoption fees are included on each animal’s profile. We may use customized pricing and set an adoption fee dependent on individual factors, including health or breed of an animal.

PLEASE NOTE: We only accept cash and all major credit cards. County and/or City animal licensing fees are not included.

We offer a 10% discount on adoption fees for cats and dogs to individuals who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Seniors – aged 60 and up
  • Military
  • Veterans

Didn’t find your perfect match at our facility?

Check out some of our partners’ adoptable animals!

Humane Society for Southwest Washington

Humane Society of Cowlitz County