Adoption Information : Adoption Fees & Process

Adoption Fees & Process

Adoption fees help provide medical care, food, and shelter to the animals in our care. When you adopt from Seattle Humane, you are receiving more than $520 of services included in your pet's adoption fee. Our most popular pets have higher adoption fees in order to support animals in our care that need specialized medical care or training in order to find a loving home.

View our current adoption promotions to see if reduced adoption fees may apply.


What's Included

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Certificate for a free health exam with a King County veterinarian
  • 30 days of free (for pets 13 and under) Trupanion pet insurance
  • Vaccinations and intestinal worming
  • Rabies vaccination for dogs and cats (young kittens/puppies excluded)
  • Feline Leukemia testing for cats
  • Feline Immunodeficieny Virus (FIV) Testing for cats over 6 months
  • Collar for cats
  • 24PetWatch Microchip and registration
  • Reference material on pet care and training
  • Most dog adoptions include a 6-week training course at SH


Adoption Fees

Adoption Fees chart


Adoption Process

1.   View cats, dogs, and critters available for adoption*.

2.   Fill out a pre-adoption questionnaire once you’ve identified a pet you’re interested in meeting. You can also download and fill-out our questionnaires at home and bring it with you to the shelter — see forms for cats, dogs, rabbits, or small animals.

3.   Give your completed questionnaire to an Adoption Advisor at the shelter. Questionnaires are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

4.   Speak with an Adoption Advisor who will help you identify your match.

5.   Visit with your four-legged match(es).

6.   Complete the adoption paperwork.

7.   Head home to enjoy your new companion!


* It is best to view our pets in person because we can't guarantee that specific animals listed on our website will still be available by the time you visit our shelter. We are unable to hold animals by phone, fax or email.

NOTE: All pre-adoption questionnaires are subject to approval by an Adoption Advisor. Adopters must be 18 years of age. Entire families may be required to visit, including resident dog. 24-hour holds may be placed on an adult animal in-person with a non-refundable deposit. All dogs must leave with a collar and leash. All cats must leave in a pet carrier for their safety.


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