Why Adopt?

Pet adoption is a critical part of our care of animals. According to the ASPCA , 6.5 million pets enter animal shelters in the United States each year. Tragically, only half of them are adopted.

At Seattle Humane, homeless pets stay with us until they are adopted — no matter how long it takes. We believe every animal deserves a chance for a good home.

Many times, pets are here to be rehomed because of behavior or health issues their owner could not handle.  But with proper training and care, nearly all of our pets find happy homes. That’s why we prepare adoptive pet owners for success by helping you choose one that is right for your home environment and providing education and care that will get your relationship off to a good start.

New Adoption Process

We’re changing the way we do adoptions for a while. Learn more about our process here.

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Adoption Basics

  • What to Know
  • The Costs
  • Caring for Your Pet

Are you looking for a new best friend?

Having a pet is a wonderful and rewarding responsibility! If you're looking to adopt a pet in King County, we'll walk you through the process and help you find the perfect family member.  Read more about our pet adoption process.

Find the pet that's right for you

Are you looking to adopt a pet for companionship? Do you need an exercise buddy? A friend for your children? Our Adoption Advisors are excellent matchmakers. They're here to answer your questions and help you meet your match! Find a pet already?  Click here to get started.

How much will my adoption cost?


  • Puppies under 6 months - $400
  • Dogs 6+ months and over 25 lbs - $200
  • Dogs 6+ months and under 25 lbs - $275


  • Kittens under 6 months - $150
  • Two kittens - $250
  • Kittens 6 months to a year - $100
  • Two kittens 6 months to a year - $180
  • Cats 1 to 7 years - $75
  • Two adult cats 1 to 7 years - $130
  • Cats 7+ years - $50
  • Two adult cats 7+ years - $80


  • Rabbits or Chinchillas - $45
  • Guinea Pigs - $15
  • Rats, Mice, Gerbils & Hamsters - $10

What's included in the cost?

Adoption fees help provide medical care, training, food, and shelter to our animals. When you adopt from Seattle Humane, you receive more than $570 of services. We also offer adoption events with reduced fees on a regular basis.  Sign up for our emails to receive notifications of upcoming adoption events.

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Prepare your home for your new friend

Bringing home a new pet is always exciting, but a little advance preparation will help make it a joyful event! We've got tips on everything from licensing your pet to removing toxic houseplants to introducing your frisky puppy to your aloof cats.

House Training a Dog

Kid-friendly tips

Introduce Your New Cat to Other Pets

Visit our resources page for more!

Seattle Humane will set you up for success

In addition to the wealth of information we offer here on our website, we offer in-person at our shelter in Bellevue. We have training classes and support for you -- and for some pets!  Did you recently adopt? Find out how we get your new relationship off to a good start.