Adoption Services

We strive to make our adoption process as simple and easy as possible and work hard to find the perfect match for all of our animals. We encourage everyone looking to adopt to read our “Things to Know Before You Adopt” article below to learn more about the adoption process as well as how to introduce a new pet into the home.

Once you are ready to adopt, it’s as easy as 1-2-3:

Visit our website or adoption center to learn about which pets are available for adoption. Many of our animals are in foster care, as noted on their profile, so we encourage you to reach out by email or phone to set up a time to meet the animals you are interested in. Keep in mind some of our more shy animals made require you come visit several times before they feel comfortable enough to go home with you. Our friendly staff will work with you to make sure you have the perfect fit for your home and can meet with you ahead of time to discuss what kind of pet you are looking for and then match you with the best animal we can. This process ensures the best possible income for both human and animal.

Fill out an adoption application. We process applications based on first come, first serve. If you are interested in an animal, we encourage you to go ahead and fill out the application, even if it is a couple of days before you can schedule a visit to meet the pet in person. It sometimes takes 2-3 days to process an application, depending on vet and personal references as well as availability of staff to check them.

Get ready to take home your newest family member! Once your application is approved and your new pet has cleared any medical required (see details below for more info), our staff will set an appointment for you to come finalize the paperwork and answer any final questions. You may also consider doing an overnight visit if you have any concerns about how the new pet may adapt to your home. We have a foster to adopt program that gives you time to introduce the new pet into your home or other pets and see if it is a good fit before finalizing paperwork. We also provide you with helpful steps you can take to make the adjustment easier for everyone involved.

Things to Know Before  You Adopt


All animals adopted through Heart of the Foothills are spay/neutered, tested for disease (heartworm in dogs, FIV/FeLV in cats), up to date on vaccinations, microchipped, and treated for parasites (flea/heartworm/worms) before they can be adopted. If you find a pet you would like to adopt and all of these items have not been completed, we will let you know when they will be ready for adoption. We encourage you to go ahead and submit an application for the the pet, so we can get you pre-approved and ready to take them home.

All of our animals can get a free wellness visit with one of our many partner veterinarians within the first 10 days after adoption. Details will be given to you on adoption day on how to redeem this visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 Adopters must be 21 years of age or older to adopt.


This varies with every adoption depending on if you currently have other pets in the home, whether you have other adults or children in the home, as well as the personality of the pet you adopt.  We do offer follow-up behavior training as well as the following tips to help you acclimate the new pet into your family. We have rarely had an adoption not work out for everyone when these steps are followed.

When introducing a new pet into your home, please take time to follow these instructions. It will help the new pet feel more at home, it will give an existing pets time to adjust, and it will help any other people in the household feel more comfortable with the new pet as well.

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If for some reason it does not work out, we will gladly accept the animal back into our care and work to find a better fit. Just remember it takes patience and time for everyone to adjust sometimes. Don’t give up too soon.  If you need behavior assistance we can happily provide.


Our adoptions fees are as follows:

  • $200 – Puppies (6 months & under)

  • $100 – Adult Dogs (Over 6 months)

  • $75 – Kittens (6 months & under)

  • $40 – Adult Cats (Over 6 months)

We occasionally run specials on adoption fees or have a generous donor offer to pay the adoption fee for some of our animals. You can Follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.

Our animals receive a great deal of care before they are available for adoption so that we can make sure you get a healthy, vaccinated and spayed/neutered pet.  Those costs add up and the adoption fees are used to pay for these costs.

Average costs for Cats

  • $40 Physical Exam

  • $20 Deworming

  • $20-$40 FVRCP vaccination

  • $10 Rabies

  • $35-$50 Spay/Neuter

  • $10/month Flea & Tick prevention

  • $10/month Litter

  • $10/month Food

  • $40 FeLV & FIV Blood Test

  • $10 Microchip

Average costs for Dogs

  • $20 Deworming

  • $20-$30 DA2PPV

  • $10 Bordetella

  • $10 Rabies

  • $65 Spay/Neuter

  • $15 Heartworm Check

  • $10/month Heartworm Prevention

  • $10/month Flea & Tick prevention

  • $20/month Food

  • $10 Microchip