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, AdoptAPet.com and PetFinder.com.
  • Potential adopters should read the animal’s profile to determine if the pet would be a good fit and review steps on how to apply. Applications are specific to a single animal. Copy and paste the application URL from the animal’s profile or click here: https://valleyhumane.org/adoption/adoption-inquiry-form/
  • Once the application is received by Valley Humane staff, an adoption counselor will call the applicant for a phone interview.
    • After you submit your application, be ready to answer the call from Valley Humane.  Animals posted to the website are ready to go home and applicants are typically called the same day the application is received.
  • If approved, the adoption counselor will schedule an adoption appointment with the animal, adopter and adoption counselor.  Adoption appointments are typically scheduled within 24 hours of approving an application.
  • Adoptions are scheduled at staggered times throughout the day to minimize social interaction between each visiting family.
  • 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