How to Adopt

Kitsap Humane Society is open for adoptions Wednesdays-Mondays, noon to 4 p.m. We are closed for adoptions on Tuesdays, but open for stray services, trap rentals, owner redemptions, and Pet Food Pantry.

View our Available Pets online to see who is currently available for adoption.

Our Available Pets page updates approximately every 90 minutes, so please be sure to check it frequently. For a more up-to-date list of available animals, try viewing our pets on Petfinder.


You may download a Dog, Cat, Small Animal, or Livestock Adoption Survey before your visit and bring it with you, or complete the survey when you arrive.

If you have completed a survey online but you are unable to print it out prior to your visit, you can email your completed survey to


Our adoption process is first-come, first-served. 

Our Adoption Center opens at noon, but you may arrive as early as 11 a.m. to save a place in line. A QR code is posted outside the Adoption Center for you to scan with your smartphone, or our staff and volunteers can assist you and place you in the queue.

  • Wait times will be accessible and auto-updated here.
  • Prospective dog adopters will be able to view photos and information about our  available dogs and puppies posted outside the adoption center or online.
  • Prospective cat adopters will be able to walk through our Cattery and view the kitties posted online.
  • Adoption wait times depend on the animal type and number of individuals waiting to meet a pet. If wait times are long, prospective adopters will be able to leave Kitsap Humane Society and return when their wait time comes.
  • Please note: on extremely busy days, our adoptions may close early in order to accommodate adopters during business hours.

You will meet with a Client Services Matchmaker to discuss the animals you are interested in before visiting with them.

  • Some dogs over 6 months old may require all household members (including other resident dogs) to meet with them before an adoption is finalized.
  • With a small deposit, we will hold an animal for the rest of the household to visit. If the animal is adopted, the deposit will be deducted from the adoption fee. If not adopted, the deposit will be converted to a donation to KHS.
  • If you are interested in meeting with an animal who is listed as available by appointment only, please email the appropriate adoption survey to 

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

  • If your new canine or feline family member is already spayed or neutered, they will go home with you right away! If not, they will stay at the shelter for surgery, and you will receive a call for pick-up when your new pet is ready to go home – typically one or two days post-adoption.
  • For safety reasons,  adopted dogs must leave the shelter on a collar or leash. Cats must leave in a secure carrier. Collars, leashes, and cardboard carriers are available for purchase at the shelter.
  • Small pets also require a  size-appropriate, secure carrier. Livestock will need a size-appropriate, secured carrier (i.e., chickens, roosters, or ducks) or in a secure trailer (i.e., goats, pigs, sheep, etc.).