Adoption Process

If you are interested in adopting any animal from our shelter, the first step is to submit an adoption application. You can download an application from the links at the bottom of this page, attach the completed application to an email, and send it to the Humane Society of Jefferson County at shelter@hsjc-wis.com. Paper applications for all species are available at the shelter and paper cat adoption applications are aslo available at our PetSmart West satellite adoption center.

Once the application is received, the approval process will take approximately 1-3 business days and you will be contacted as soon as it is completed. As a part of the approval process we verify home ownership or get approval from your landlord. We do this because one of the top 10 reasons animals are surrendered is “landlord does not allow pets.” We also check on a working relationship with a veterinarian for any currently or previously owned pets. This shows us your intent to provide any needed medical attention for the new pet and that you will comply with state and local ordinances. We do not adopt to anyone under 18 years of age.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees are paid in full at the time of adoption. All adoption fees include the standard medical care all shelter animals receive. There are no extra charges for routine procedures such as spaying and neutering, deworming, microchipping, and vaccinations. The shelter accepts cash, check, or credit/debit and our satellite adoption facility at PetSmart West accepts cash or check.

Cats & Dogs

Puppies (under 6 months): $235.00
Dogs (6 months to 8 years): $200.00
Senior Dogs (8 years and older): $150.00
Kittens (under 6 months): $95.00
Cats (6 months to 8 years): $80.00
Senior Cats (8 years and older): $50.00

Small & Furry

Pigs: $100.00
Chinchillas & Ferrets: $55.00
Rabbits: $25.00
Bearded Dragons: $25.00
Guinea Pigs & Rats: $15.00
Hamsters, Gerbils, Mice: $10.00

Birds

Cockatiels: $50.00
Parakeets: $15.00
Finches & Canaries: $10.00

Special Adoption Promotions

Everything is Better in Pairs!

Adopt two cats six months and older and get half off the second adoption fee.

No Mom Left Behind

All momma cats have half price adoption fees!

One and Only

Half price adoption fees for animals who can’t live with other cats or dogs in their house.

Better Together

Adopt a bonded pair of cats six months and older and the second adoption fee is waived!

Adopt a bonded pair of cats under six months and the second adoption fee is half off!

200 Club

Name your own adoption fee for any animal who has been waiting for a home for more than 200 days!