Adoption Information and Fees
Thinking about adding a furry family member into your life? We just might have who you want to add to your family! Check out our adoptable pets gallery. NOKHS strives to make our adoption process a positive and straight-forward experience for every animal lover who enters our building!
For more information about Responsible Adoption visit: Are You Ready to Adopt a Pet
Our adoption process: Fill out an adoption questionnaire to get pre-approved and schedule a time to visit with an adoption counselor. This will allow you to get preapproved not for a specific animal, but for any dog or cat at the shelter. Animals cannot be adopted as gifts or surprises. Applications are valid and kept on file for two years. Our goal is to match you with your perfect companion. We like to get to know you a little better and find out what you are looking for in a pet and your pet's routine during the conversation.
Adopters must be at least 21 years of age and provide proof of residency. Homeowners must provide a copy of their mortgage or property tax statement (must be in adopters name).
Your current pet(s) must be up-to-date on their vaccinations and spayed/neutered. A fenced yard may be required, it will depend on the pet being adopted.
Each adoption starts with an approved application. If an animal you are interested in is not ready to be adopted you may let us know you are interested in them. This does not guarantee that you will be able to adopt the pet. Animals are not available for adoption until they have been spayed/neutered and are deemed healthy. Once the animal is ready to leave, we offer the first chance to meet with the animal to the OLDEST PREAPPROVED APPLICANT. We ask that every member of the household visit with the animal prior to adoption. If you have other dogs we will have you bring them to the shelter to introduce them to the pet you are looking to adopt to assure they get along before you bring your new pet home. You can put the pet on hold for 24-hours after meeting them. Once you've made your decision, we can complete the adoption. If you are still unsure but would like to try a visit with the pet in your home, we offer a foster-to-adopt option. This will allow you a trial period to ensure this is a good fit between you and the pet.
Owning a pet is a lifelong commitment. Pet owners must be able to spend not only time with the pet, but also have the resources to provide training, medical treatment and proper care for your new family member.
Our mission is to place animals in forever homes. It can be difficult for an animal to make the transition to a new home only to be brought back to the shelter. We encourage you to consider your choice of pet carefully before making a final decision.
Please note that in some cases we receive an animal with special needs. when necessary for the health and well-being of that animal we will evaluate all adoption applications and select the one that we feel fits the needs of that animal.
You'll Also Receive These Additional Benefits:
At the time of the adoption, adopters will receive a copy of the pet’s health records and rabies tag. All dogs will have been heartworm tested, spayed or neutered, rabies shot (if over 4 months of age) and given a Distemper/Parvo vaccinations/boosters, and microchipped. We proudly feed all of our animals Hills products, and we recommend you do the same as you start your journey to happily ever after. You will receive a complimentary bag of Hills food upon adoption.
We have an ADOPTION GUARANTEE! If you need to return your adopted animal for whatever reason, you can do so. All we ask is for you to call to schedule a return and you will receive an adoption credit voucher.
Adoption Fees vary but on average are as follows:
Cats: $50 (7 months to 5 years old)
Senior cats $30 (6+ years old)
Kittens: $60 (6 months and younger)
Dogs $95 (7 months to 5 years old)
Senior Dogs $60 (6+ years old)
Puppies: $150 (6 months and younger)
***There is a $5 processing fee on all adoptions***
Adoption fees are determined based on a variety of factors such as age, size, length of stay and public demand. We do our best to ensure our adoption fees are reasonable and affordable to the general public. That is why we set fees well below the actual cost of your pet’s care during their stay. The adoption fees help NOKHS to cover a portion of the cost of your animal’s medical care, food, and housing during their stay with us. Adding a donation to your adoption fee is always welcome, as it helps save more lives.
Golden Pet Program- This adoption program helps with the match of a perfect golden furry friend for seniors who want to enjoy and love a mature pet without all the energy and training involved with adopting a young active pet. This program offers a 60% discounted adoption fee to adopters that are age 60 and up, and who are adopting a senior pet (6+ years old). (Note: There is $5 processing fee on all adoptions.)
Buddy Adoption- This adoption program is for those who may want to adopt two pets at the same time or adopt another pet within one year of the first adoption. Our Buddy Adoption program offers a 50% discount on the second adoption fee.
Extended Stay Program- Occasionally there are animals in our care who wait longer than most for a new home. Despite being wonderful pets, they are overlooked by potential adopters and their stay is extended with us. We know how special these animals are and once you meet them, you will too. At PCHuS we lower the adoption fee to $25 for these special animals that have been available for adoption at the shelter for 100 days or more, in order to encourage adoptions of these furry friends. (Note: There is $5 processing fee on all adoptions.)
YOU CAN’T BUY LOVE. BUT YOU CAN ADOPT IT.
Because animals are adopted every day the one you may be interested in, may or may not be available when you visit the shelter, so please keep that in mind. This gallery is updated on a daily basis in order to keep it current with new arrivals.