Thank you for considering adopting and saving a life!

Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need to adopt while making the process a positive experience, so here are some things to know.

We believe there’s a good pet for every good person. And we’ll work hard to help you find your match! To adopt at HSHV, you must be at least 21 years of age. We welcome all folks, from any county or state.

Please know: some animals have special requirements. Of course, people have requirements, too! That’s why we’ll ask that you complete an application prior to meeting the animals, so that we can help you match up better.

If you have a dog and wish to adopt another, we may require a dog-to-dog interaction. Give us a call if you have questions!

First, you’ll complete an application. You can do this when you arrive, or save time by bringing a completed one with you. An application is required to visit an animal. See the next section for the applications.

Then, submit your application to our adoptions front desk, and you’ll receive a visitation pass good for 3 months. While not required, after visiting with an animal, you may place a hold on him/her. Holds are limited to one 24-hour hold per family.

After you’ve found your match, we’ll complete an adoption meeting, when we’ll help you prepare for your new friend. While there are exceptions, adoptions are typically same day.

Please allow at least an hour if you plan on adopting, and bring your driver’s license or other government-issued ID with proof of address, a copy of your lease (if it applies) and vaccination records for your current pets.

Please note: Applications are accepted up until 15 minutes prior to closing. And adoptions at HSHV are first come, first served, first approved!

Yes!  Download, complete, print and bring this form with you; or you can complete one at the shelter.

Cat Adopter Profile – Complete online or Download a copy

Dog Adopter Profile – Complete online or Download a copy

Bird Adopter Profile – Complete online or Download a copy

Small Mammal (e.g., rabbit, guinea pig, hamster) Adopter Profile – Complete online or Download a copy

Horse Adopter Profile – Complete online or Download a copy

Farm Animal Adopter Profile – Complete online or Download a copy

    Adoption fees include the animal’s:

    • Spay/Neuter surgery
    • Microchip ID
    • Initial health check
    • Current vaccinations (as appropriate to their age)
    • Initial dewormer
    • Feline Leukemia test (kittens and cats)
    • Heartworm test (adult dogs)
    • Temperament tested (adult dogs)

    Every adoption also comes with:

    • 30 day trial of pet illness & accident insurance
    • A discounted vet exam at the HSHV veterinary clinic
    • Access to our behavior helpline, free to adopters

    Adoption fees not only cover the above services, but also offset the cost of caring for the animals prior to being adopted. Thank you for your adoption fee!

    In addition to covering the cost to spay/neuter, microchip, and vaccinate the animals, adoption fees help offset the cost of caring for the animals prior to being adopted. Thank you for your adoption fee!

    Our dogs are spay/neutered, microchipped, and up-to-date on their vaccinations. Adoption fees not only cover those services, but also offset the cost of caring for the animals prior to being adopted. Thank you for your adoption fee!

    Dog Adoption Fees (Except Love Train)
    Puppies up to 6 months old$304
    Small breed adult dogs 6 months and older$280
    Non-Small breed adult dogs 6 months and older$180
    Senior dogs 8 years or older, any size$105
    Perfect Pairs (dogs that must be adopted together)Adopt one regular fee, 2nd free
    Legacy* dogsVariable
    Dogs who are Pets of the Week10% off that week
    Love Train Dog Adoption Fees**
    Puppies up to 6 months old$329
    Small breed adult dogs 6 months and older$305
    Non-Small breed adult dogs 6 months and older$205
    Senior dogs 8 years or older, any size$130
    Perfect Pairs (dogs that must be adopted together)Adopt one regular fee, 2nd free
    Legacy* dogsVariable
    Dogs who are Pets of the Week10% off that week

    * Legacy: We provide valuable care and treatment for thousands of animals every year, and animals here do not have time limits. Some need an extraordinary amount of medical intervention and care. We help them by pricing animals in higher demand with a higher adoption fee. These animals leave a “legacy;” the money raised allows us to help us care for animals that stay here longer before they find loving homes.

    ** Additional fees for Love Train and Tiny Lions Center animals help offset transportation costs to help save lives. Thank you!

    Additional notes on Fees

    • Fees for cats and dogs include spay/neuter surgery, up-to-date vaccines and microchip ID
    • Animals marked as “Perfect Pairs” are bonded and must be adopted together (Adopt one at regular fee and the 2nd is free).
    • Senior Person Discount: People over 62 years of age are eligible for a free adoption of a senior animal, or a 10% discount off other animals – You must mention this adoption special at the time of your adoption.
    • When we run adoption specials, only one discount applies.
    • While we strive to make sure our website reflects accurate pricing, we reserve the right to change prices without notice.

    Our cats are spay/neutered, microchipped, and up-to-date on their vaccinations. Adoption fees not only cover those services, but also offset the cost of caring for the animals prior to being adopted. Thank you for your adoption fee!

    Cat Adoption Fees at HSHV
    Kittens up to 5 months old$130
    Adult cats age 5 months to 12 years$70
    Senior cats 12 or older$50
    Perfect Pairs (cats that must be adopted together)Adopt one regular fee, 2nd free
    Legacy* catsVariable
    Cats who are Pets of the Week10% off that week
    Tiny Lions Center Cat Adoption Fees**
    Kittens up to 5 months old$130
    Adult cats age 5 months to 12 years$90
    Senior cats 12 or older$70
    Perfect Pairs (cats that must be adopted together)Adopt one regular fee, 2nd free
    Legacy* catsVariable
    Cats who are Pets of the Week10% off that week

    Additional notes on Fees

    • Fees for cats and dogs include spay/neuter surgery, up-to-date vaccines and microchip ID
    • Animals marked as “Perfect Pairs” are bonded and must be adopted together (Adopt one at regular fee and the 2nd is free).
    • Senior Person Discount: People over 62 years of age are eligible for a free adoption of a senior animal, or a 10% discount off other animals – You must mention this adoption special at the time of your adoption.
    • When we run adoption specials, only one discount applies.
    • While we strive to make sure our website reflects accurate pricing, we reserve the right to change prices without notice.

    * Legacy: We provide valuable care and treatment for thousands of animals every year, and animals here do not have time limits. Some need an extraordinary amount of medical intervention and care. We help them by pricing animals in higher demand with a higher adoption fee. These animals leave a “legacy;” the money raised allows us to help us care for animals that stay here longer before they find loving homes.

    ** Additional fees for Love Train and Tiny Lions Center animals help offset transportation costs to help save lives. Thank you!

    We have lots of different animals at HSHV available for adoption. See them here!

    Other Adoption Fees
    Ferrets$75
    Rabbits$60 (or "Perfect Pair" - $100)
    Gerbils, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters$25
    Birds, Exotics, Horses, Farm AnimalsIndividually priced; please call us for details
    Pets of the Week10% off that week

    Additional notes on Fees

    • Fees for cats and dogs include spay/neuter surgery, up-to-date vaccines and microchip ID
    • Animals marked as “Perfect Pairs” are bonded and must be adopted together (Adopt one at regular fee and the 2nd is free).
    • Senior Person Discount: People over 62 years of age are eligible for a free adoption of a senior animal, or a 10% discount off other animals – You must mention this adoption special at the time of your adoption.
    • When we run adoption specials, only one discount applies.
    • While we strive to make sure our website reflects accurate pricing, we reserve the right to change prices without notice.

    * Legacy: We provide valuable care and treatment for thousands of animals every year, and animals here do not have time limits. Some need an extraordinary amount of medical intervention and care. We help them by pricing animals in higher demand with a higher adoption fee. These animals leave a “legacy;” the money raised allows us to help us care for animals that stay here longer before they find loving homes.

    ** Additional fees for Love Train and Tiny Lions Center animals help offset transportation costs to help save lives. Thank you!

    Our website is always up-to-date with those who are available for adoption; however, sometimes animals can be seen in our shelter before they’re ready for adoption, and can be placed on hold after you visit with them. These animals might need their spay/neuter surgery, for instance, and may not be able to go home with you same-day. This often happens with kittens and puppies; people see them in our shelter and start the adoption process before they’re ready! Point being: Come in and see us!

    Keep checking! Things change every day at HSHV; one day we’ll have a rooster, the next, a baby Chocolate Lab! You can also sign up for a Pet Alert email notification.

    While we hope to find you the ideal match, we understand sometimes it doesn’t work out. Please call our adoptions desk at (734) 662-5585 or come in to discuss. If there are behavior issues you’d like to try to work on first, please contact our behavior help line listed in your adoption packet.

    Congratulations on your new friend! Your adoption packet has lots of information, and you can find copies of all of it here.

    Hooray! Thank you for adopting! Please share your adoption story; you might inspire others to take the selfless act you did, too!