Safe Adoption Guidelines

Here are the steps we are taking to continue serving the pets and people in our community during shelter-in-place, while adhering to social distancing recommendations and sanitation procedures to help prevent the spread of this virus.

The Shelter-in-Place Adoption Process

  • Animals that are available for adoption are posted on our website, and
  • Potential adopters can contact Valley Humane Society, preferably via email, at or on our main phone line.
  • When a potential adopter inquires about a specific animal, they will be sent an adoption application via email.
  • Once the application is received by Valley Humane staff, an adoption counselor will call the applicant for a phone interview.
  • If approved, the adoption counselor will schedule a meet and greet with the animal, adopter and adoption counselor.
  • Adoptions are scheduled one at a time with at least an hour between each visiting family to minimize social interaction,
  • Before entering, all visitors are asked to take a 5-question health check and sign a household waiver acknowledging that they understand and agree that upon entering the premises of VHS, there exists a risk of injury or sickness due to infectious diseases, viruses or other harms, including, but not limited to COVID-19.
  • Visitors will be asked to wear masks while visiting the adoption center.
  • Once the adopters leave with the animal, the room and associated touch points are disinfected