How to Adopt

Due to COVID-19, KHS has switched to an appointment-based system for all adoptions. While Kitsap County has moved to Phase 3, effective 3/22/21, entry to the shelter will remain limited and walk-ins are not permitted for general pet viewing. To view our adoptable animals, please click on our Available Pets page.
Please note, at this time we are not performing adoption meet and greets with adopters who live outside of Washington State, due to the Governors recommendation of a two-week quarantine upon entry to the state of Washington.

KHS has maintained an appointment-based adoption system since March 2020 and has continued with these operations even as restrictions were lifted throughout  Washington State. The Governor’s new COVID-19 guidance announced March 2021 does not impact our adoption appointment system, as we have been operating on a limited capacity throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so in order to keep our staff, customers, and volunteers safe. 

If you are experiencing symptoms that could be related to COVID-19, we ask that you cancel your appointment and don’t come to the shelter while you are ill. For a list of symptoms, please visit the CDC’s website.


View the available pets and select a few that you would like to meet.

Please note, it can take up to 4 hours for available pets to appear on the website after being made Available for Adoption or be removed from the website once adopted, so please be sure to check it frequently. In addition, we recommend checking our Facebook page for updates on available pets.


Make an adoption appointment to meet with available pets. 

For information on booking an adoption appointment, please visit the links below depending on the animal type you are interested in meeting:

Adult Cats (ages 6 months and up) 

Kittens (under 6 months) 

Adult Dogs (ages 6 months and up) 

Puppies (under 6 months) 

Small Animals and Livestock (Rabbits, Roosters, Reptiles, etc.) 

Barn Cats 


Download an Adoption Application and fill it out prior to your appointment. 

You will bring your completed application to your adoption meet and greet. If you are unable to fill out your application in advance, paper copies will be available to fill out when you have arrived at the shelter for your appointment.

  • If you need to fill out your application in-person prior to your appointment, please arrive at the shelter a few minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time, so you have time to fill it out prior to your scheduled start time.
  • If you have completed an application online but you are unable to print it prior to your appointment, you can email your completed application to Please indicate in the subject line of your email the date and time of your scheduled appointment as well as the pets you are meeting at your scheduled appointment. Please note, emailing an application is not the same as scheduling an appointment! You must schedule your appointment here.

Come to the shelter at your scheduled appointment time to meet your selected pets.

The front doors of our Adoption Center will be locked, so please ring the doorbell and staff will assist you.

  • Bring a valid photo ID and payment for the adoption fee (cash and major credit cards only, no checks).
  • Please note, based on the CDC’s recommendations, we are requiring that all customers visiting our shelter to wear a mask or other type of face covering when they come to our facility.

Once you have arrived at the shelter for your scheduled appointment, you will have a Meet and Greet with an Adoption Counselor to discuss your application, review the information on the pets you want to meet, and introduce you to the pets. 

*Please note for dog adoptions: For dogs ages 6 months and up, all people in your household are required to come to the shelter for a Meet and Greet before an adoption can be approved or finalized.  Do you have other dogs in your home? You must bring them to the shelter for a Meet and Greet with the dog you are interested in adopting before your application may be approved. Adopters who do not come to their appointment with all members of the household and all resident dogs (if applicable) will not be eligible to move forward with their Meet and Greet and will need to reschedule for a later date when all members of the household can be present. 


If the Meet and Greet is a success, staff will complete your adoption paperwork to make it official! 


Your new pet will go home with you right away! 

All adopted dogs must leave the shelter on leash  and collar. Cats must leave in a carrier. Collars, leashes, and cardboard carriers are available for purchase at the shelter.

Small pets must leave in a size-appropriate carrier and livestock must leave in either a size-appropriate carrier (for example fowl) or in a secure trailer (for example for goats, pigs, horses, etc.)