Why Adopt?

Pet adoption is a critical part of our mission. Each year, 6.5 million pets enter animal shelters in the United States. 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. 

There are many reasons pets come to our shelter.  Some animals are transferred from other shelters, and some pets are surrendered for medical or behavioral concerns, or due to financial hardship. No matter the situation, we prepare adopters for success by helping you choose a pet 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

  • Find The Pet That's Right For You
  • The Costs
  • Caring For Your Pet

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. But first, review our dogcat, or critter profiles and identify the pet you are interested in adopting! Read more about our pet adoption process.  

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
  • Kittens 6 months to a year - $100
  • Cats 1 to 7 years - $75
  • Cats 7+ years - $50


  • 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. 

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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 resources 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.