Adoption Applications

Adopted Animals


Adopting a pet is a joyful and life-changing decision that requires careful preparation and understanding. Before bringing a cat or dog into your home, it’s crucial to consider the responsibilities and long-term commitment involved. Educating yourself on the needs of your future pet, such as dietary requirements, exercise routines, and health care, ensures a smooth transition for both you and the animal. Preparation also involves creating a safe and welcoming environment, selecting the right pet for your lifestyle, and understanding the financial implications of pet ownership. By being well-prepared, you set the stage for a rewarding relationship filled with companionship and love, while also providing a forever home to an animal in need.


Please remember, not every animal’s journey to our shelter is the same. Many of our beloved pets come from a variety of backgrounds, some of which may have been challenging or less than ideal. As a result, they may exhibit shyness or hesitation as they adjust to their new surroundings and the prospect of a new family. Patience and understanding are key during this transition period. We encourage adopters to provide a nurturing environment that allows these animals to warm up at their own pace, ensuring a successful bonding process and a loving, lasting relationship. 


Things to Know About Our Adoption Process

The adoption procedures at OPHS are based on the primary goal of ensuring the well-being of the animals in our care. Our animal care specialists will work with you to match your lifestyle, home, family and preferences with the right animal. Our goal is to find the right home for each animal based on it's unique needs.

Before You Adopt

  • If you are adopting a dog, and you have other dogs at home, we will ask you to bring your current dog to the shelter to meet the dog you are adopting. Sometimes it may take more than one "meet and greet" for dogs.
  • We verify your housing. If you are a renter; we will need your current landlord's contact information. If you are a homeowner, we will need your county Parcel number and the homeowner(s) listed for your county's Tax Assessor's property listing. This ensures that pets are allowed where you live.
  • We take multiple applications on all available animals.
  • We aim to make the best match; not necessarily the first one.
  • All dogs and cats over the age of 6 months will need a Clallam county license (who reside in Clallam County)
  • You only need to fill out ONE application: even if interested in multiple pets (same species) 
  • If you are interested in more than one species, you will need to fill out additional applications. (ie: dog / cat)

Adoption Prices

The fees for adopting animals at the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society help us provide medical care, food and shelter for the animals in our care.

Please know that if you return an animal to OPHS, your adoption fee will NOT be refunded. This will be used as a donation, in which is tax-deductible.

What is included in the OPHS Adoption Fee?

  • Spay/Neuter surgery
  • Initial vaccinations (cats: FVRCP series; dogs: DA2PP series and Bordetella)
  • Rabies vaccine (one year, initial vaccination)
  • Worming prevention
  • Flea prevention
  • Microchip
  • Free Health Exam at a participating veterinarian post adoption (Clallam county residents only)


Dog Adoption Fees

  • Puppies, 2 -11 months: $400
  • Adult dogs, small (under 30 pounds) 1-4 years old : $375
  • Adult dogs (over 30 pounds), 1-8 years old: $200
  • Senior dogs, over the age of 9: $60

Cat Adoption Fees

  • Kittens 2 to 6 months: $200
  • Kittens and Adult cats 7 months to 2 years: $150
  • Adult cats, 3-9 years old: $75
  • Senior cats, over the age of 10: $25
  • Barn cats, as a Pair: $40