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Adoption Policy and Procedure

The Humane Society of Stanislaus County offers Dogs and Cats that are in our custody for adoption.  These dogs and cats are rescued from a variety of situations, owner surrenders, abandoned (strays) and local animal shelters (also known as “pulls”).

Animals can be a costly venture (just as having a child is).  Therefore it is vital that you consider the financial impact of becoming a pet parent.  HSSC recommends that you consider purchasing a pet health insurance package, usually available through your local veterinarian.

Animals available for adoption have been evaluated on their known behavior history, as well as health and temperament.  HSSC keeps all animals in its custody until they are adopted.  Exceptions to this rule are as follows:

  • An animal who becomes unusually aggressive towards humans or other animals.
  • A medical condition exists, as diagnosed by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, that would cause great suffering or loss of quality of life to the animal.
  • An animal is transferred to another agency for better opportunity for adoption.
All animals that are adopted from HSSC are micro-chipped.

All animals that are adopted from HSSC have been spayed/neutered prior to adoption.

All animals that are adopted from HSSC are current (up-to-date) with their vaccinations.  The adopter may be required to continue with vaccinations, at their own expense, after adoption.


Basic Information for adoption

  • You must be 18 years of age or older to adopt.
  • You must be able to provide a valid (non-expired) photo ID.
    • Acceptable forms are:
      • State ID or Driver License
      • US Passport
      • Military ID
  • HSSC reserves the right to refuse any adoption without explanation.
For animals that are not yet ready for adoption, you may put a $50 non-refundable hold on them.

HSSC does not refund adoption fees. 

HSSC recommends DOG Training for every dog that is adopted from us.  We will be happy to suggest reputable dog trainers in your locality should you request it.  Additionally, we will work with you to find a CGC certified trainer should you request it.

HSSC does not make immediate adoptions.  All adoptions require a home visit to verify the safety and to ensure a home meets the needs of the animal being adopted.

All persons wishing to adopt an animal must first complete an adoption application (click on the link at the bottom of this page).  This application is then reviewed and approved by staff prior to an adoption being completed.

All persons who adopt an animal must provide HSSC with proof of licensing of said animal within 7 business days of adoption.  Failure to provide HSSC with licensing information will be a breach of contract and HSSC will resume ownership of the animal; no refund will be given.

Persons who adopt an animal are encouraged to become a member of HSSC to ensure the continued sustainability of the organization, however this is not required.

Payment for adoptions are due at the time of receipt of the animal.  HSSC does not make payment arrangements for adoptions.


Adoption Fees

  • Dogs :  $175 -$250. The price will vary according to age, size, and other factors per each individual dog. 
  • Cats under 1 year old :  $75.
  • Cats over 1 year : $50.
  • Special needs animals are a case by case fee.  Please speak to a member of the staff for more information.

Ways To Pay for Adoption Fees

  • Personal Check
  • Money Orders
  • Certified Check
  • Cash
If you're interested in adopting an animal please print the Adoption Application below, complete the application, and bring or mail to HSSC.

Click here for Adoption Application




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