Adoption Guide

Adoption Application (PDF)


Why should I adopt a shelter pet?

Besides finding your soul mate companion…

  1. You will be saving a life. Even if you adopt from a no kill shelter you will allow for another animal to be rescued by making additional space available.
  2. By adopting an animal from a shelter rather than buying a new companion, you will reduce the demand that drives the commercial breeding of puppies and kittens.
  3. You will be saving money because adoptions costs are far less than buying from a pet shop or breeder.


Finding the Right Pet

Some things to think about before you arrive to choose a new pet:

  • Why do you want a pet?
  • How much time do you have to play with/exercise and train your new pet?
  • How much time will your pet spend home alone?
  • What is your (and your neighbor’s) tolerance for noise, such as barking?
  • Does your new pet need to live happily in a busy, active household or with children or older adults?
  • What type of pet are you looking for? Different breeds and animals have different personalities and activity levels. It is important to find a match that fits you and your families lifestyle. This includes all family members, children and other companion animals.
  • Is it a good time for you to adopt a pet?
  • Are you living arrangements suitable for the animal you have in mind?
  • What is your tolerance level for minor destruction, such as chewing, scratching furniture, knocking items off shelves, and/or housetraining accidents?
  • Thinking about these things beforehand can help us help you find the best match.


How Much Does it Cost to Adopt a Pet?

Adoptions prices vary based on an animal’s breed, age, promotions and temperment.


Kittens (up to 6 months)


Teen Cats (6 months – 1 year)


Adult Cat (1 -6 yr)


Senior (7yr and up)


Medical Rescue (FIV+, and as determined by Vet Staff)



ALL puppies (up to 6 months)


Small Breed Teen (6 months to 1 year)


Large Breed Teen (6 months to 1 year)


Adult Small Breed (1 – 6 years)


Adult Large Breed (1- 6 years)


Senior Dog  (over 7 years)




Medical Rescue (determined by Vet Staff)


Special Needs (determined by Behavior Staff)


Great 8 (at shelter over 30 days)

½ price

Please note cash and major credit cards accepted; personal checks are not accepted.

Special Promotions: 

Feline Fridays - Pay no adoption fee when you adopt an adult cat (1 year or older) every Friday. Must pay $30 microchip fee.

Great 8 Dogs are 50% off.

9 Lives Cats are 50% off.


What is Included in the KHS adoption fee?

  • Spay/Neuter Surgery
  • Initial vaccinations
  • Deworming
  • Advantage
  • Microchip
  • Free Exam (KHS & Participating Veterinarian)
  • Additional for cats: FELV/FIV Test Fee $30


KHS Adoption Procedures

  • Visit the shelter at 9167 Dickey Rd., Silverdale. Visitors can stroll through our puppy room, cattery, and kennels. Read the cage cards located on each cage or kennel. Please note kennel cards that are stamped “ADOPTED” “HOLD” or “ACO HOLD” are not available for adoption.
  • If you find an animal you are interested in and have read the information about the animal, please complete an adoption application either by downloading it online prior to visiting our shelter or obtaining an application at our front desk. Completed applications are required prior to a meet and greet with your future pet.
  • We ask that all family members be present during your first counsel session, this will alleviate unnecessary wait times for both you and your family and allow the pet to leave our facility quicker. This frees up much needed kennel space for other pets. If you have dogs at home and are looking to adopt a dog, a meet and greet is required between the animals before an adoption will be approved. Based on the behavior displayed by both your dog and the dog you wish to adopt, the counselor will inform you the best way to proceed. This does not apply to cat adoptions.
  • To ensure that KHS animals and adopters are properly matched, we ask that you complete our adoption application comprised of critical questions in any adoption process before proceeding to a meet and greet. Animals at Kitsap Humane Society are homeless and for that reason, extra care is taken to ensure animals are placed in the best environments possible.
  • Spend some time interacting with the animal outside their kennel. Ask questions. Be sure this is the right animal for you. You will be interviewed by a KHS adoption counselor. In some cases, an adoption may not be approved based on best interest of the human or pet. 
  • After an approved interview, if you would like to bring your pet home a valid picture ID is required and all household members and animals must visit with the animal before the adoption can be finalized. 
  • All animals adopted from KHS will be spayed or neutered before being allowed to go home. If needed, our front desk staff will schedule the next available surgery time for your pet as well as a pick up date and time.


Benefits of Adopting from Kitsap Humane Society

To help fight pet overpopulation, every animal that leaves our shelter is spayed or neutered before it goes to its forever home. If an animal has special needs, an adoption counselor will relay all information to you from our behavior and/or medical team. On average, the cost of everything included in your adoption fee ranges from $300 - $400, but KHS can save more animal lives by offering them at a lower price and thereby creating space for more animals in need. KHS is a nonprofit, highly dependent upon community donations to feed, shelter and care for our animals while they wait for their forever homes.


What Can I Expect After I Adopt an Animal from KHS?

While your new pet may turn out to be the perfect lady or gentlemen from day one, it is more likely that he/she will take a little while to adjust to new surroundings and routines. Be patient and positive. Yelling or hitting an animal in order to correct unacceptable behavior will only make matters worse. Most behavior problems can be straightened out with patience and consistent application of a few simple training techniques. 

Adoption Hours

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday - 12-4:30 p.m.

Thursday - 12-5:30 p.m.

Closed Tuesdays and major holidays


***Important Note: The only websites KHS monitors and updates with our adoptable animals are and our own website. Any other sites claiming to have KHS animals available for adoption are not managed or monitored by KHS and should not be trusted.