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WCGHS Adoption Process

WCGHS now offers two types of adoption options for families who are interested in adopting! On-site adoptions immediately following a 30 minute meet and greet appointment with the pet, or a no-contact pet pick-up appointment with a 3-day foster to adopt trial period.

To help eliminate overcrowding and minimize pet stress, WCGHS has moved to appointment-based services for all adoptions, regardless of which type of adoption option is chosen. This will allow 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 up to two adoptable pets.

Step 1 – Application

Fill out an adoption application below.

Step 2 – Approval

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

Step 3 – Meet and Greet

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

Masks are required for all on-site meet and greets, even for fully vaccinated customers.

During the appointment, adopters will be permitted to meet with up to two pets.

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.

No-Contact Pick-Up Adoption Process

This process includes a no-contact pet pick-up appointment at the shelter. During the appointment at the shelter, the adopter and WCGHS team members will adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Step 1 – Application

Fill out an adoption application below.

Step 2 – Approval

Once the application is approved, a WCGHS team member will reach out by phone to schedule a no-contact pet pick-up appointment at the shelter.

Step 3 – No-Contact Pick-up

Cats will be delivered to the adopters car in a complementary cardboard carrier.

Dogs will be in the play yard with a WCGHS team member. Adopters will be advised to walk in through the gate, bringing their own leash, and while maintaining a social distance of 6 feet, will be introduced to the adopters before taking them off-leash. The adopters will then use their own leash and exit the yard.

Step 4 – Finalizing the Adoption

A WCGHS team member will reach out by phone after the 3-day foster to adopt trial period to discuss finalizing the adoption.

Post Adoption Support Articles

For tips on dog to dog introductions from San Francisco SPCA click here
For tips on cat to cat and dog to cat introductions from San Francisco SPCA click here

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.

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 adopters may place a hold on an available animal after completing an application. This fee is non-refundable and may not be applied to the adoption fee. Holds are valid for 24 hours. Please note that your hold fee does not guarantee approval of 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
  5. Free post-adoption vet appointment with WellHaven Pet Health

Adoption Fees:

DOGS

Up to 6 Months Old

$400 – $600*

7 Months to 2+ Years Old

$250 – $400*

3 to 6+ Years Old

$150 – $300*

7+ Years Old

$50 – $100

*Premium pricing may apply

CATS

Up to 6 Months Old

$175*

7 Months to 2+ Years Old

$100

3 to 6+ Years Old

$75

7+ Years Old

$25

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

We offer a 15% discount on adoption fees for Cats, & for 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