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How to Adopt from YHS

Adoption Steps    |    What to Bring    |    Benefits & Minimum Adoption Donations

Choosing to adopt a four-legged family member is an exciting and rewarding experience!  YHS is here to partner with you to find your new companion, answer all your questions, and provide lifetime support for you and your pet’s relationship. For a listing of our locations, hours, and contact information click here

Adoption Steps

     Looking for Love – We offer adoptions every day of the week. Visit one of our locations to meet our animals, or search our website for up to date animal profiles. When a pet’s listing says they are in our foster care program, please call to schedule a meeting. We rescue new animals every day, so check back for updates!

     Meet and Greet – An adoption counselor will take you and a pooch out to the dog park where you can get to know each other and play. For cats, we have a meet and greet room with toys and a cat play area.

     Get the Details – We will share what we know about the animal(s) you’re interested in and answer any questions you might have about bringing an animal home.

     Finalize the Adoption – Allow about 30 minutes for the adoption process. We'll go over your information, register your microchip, set up 30 days of pet insurance and make sure you understand the information in the adoption packet. Sometimes we'll need a vet tech to check how a spay/neuter incision is healing and give you medical advice. Congratulations! Make sure you post pictures and updates on our Facebook page!

Adoption Essentials

     Meet & Greet Procedure For successful dog adoptions, it is important for your current dog to meet your potential dog before going home.  These on-site dog-to-dog introductions are conducted by our Adoption Counselors and take place in Buffy's Get Acqauinted Dog Park. Keep in mind, the best matches are made between animals that have both been spayed or neutered.

 Adoption Benefits, Minimum Donations, Specials & Promotions

Yavapai Humane Society is an independent, nonprofit organization. The fees for adopting animals allow us to provide medical care, food, and shelter the animals in our care.  Be sure to read over what’s included in your adoption.

What's included in a YHS adoption?



Minimum Adoption Donations

The minimum adoption donation is just that, a minimum donation. Some folks choose to donate more. All donations are tax-deductible as YHS is a non-profit, 501(c)3 animal shelter.



We offer an optional FELV test for $20 to kittens under 6 mo. and the FIV/FELV combo for $25 for cats 6 mo. or older. If a cat has already been tested, the testing fee will be added to the minimum adoption donation. As per PetSmart's rules, ALL cats and kittens at PetSmart have been tested and receive a rabies vaccine ($12) .

On-Going Adoption Specials and Promotions

The Buddy System  Often two animals from the same household arrive together, or two animals find their best friend at the shelter. Either way, they'd prefer to go to their new home together. To encourage this, there is only one adoption donation for the two buddies.  GREAT NEWS! All of our cats and kittens are on the buddy system!

Seniors for Seniors Mature pets make great companions! Adopters age 59+ can take advantage of our Seniors for Seniors program, which waives the adoption donation on any animal 5+.

Pet of the Week Our friends at MAGIC 99.1 and FunOldies 1450 sponsor the minimum donation for a special animal each week.

Long Term Resident  Animals who have been available for adoption for 30 days or longer have a $30 adoption fee. Often these animals are overlooked for trivial reasons like color or breed prejudice.


Didn't find who you were looking for?

New animals come through our doors every single day! Keep looking at the website and visiting the shelter to meet our new residents. If you are looking for a specific trait (personality, size, age, or breed) you may put your preference on our breed request list. We will give you a call if an animal like the one you described comes in. How easy is that?! Call (928) 445-2666.

Please note that being on the breed request list does not guarantee adoption.


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