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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 paperwork. 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 Acquainted 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?

Spay/Neuter surgery

All necessary vaccines appropriate for the animal's age and routine deworming

Microchip from 24 hour PetWatch

30 days of pet insurance from ShelterCare

Free veterinary check-up from one of our local veterinary partners (within 10 days of 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) .

*Click here for adoption specials and promotions!


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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