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,
  • All visitors are asked to sign a 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.  
  • Once the adopters leave with the animal, the room and associated touch points are disinfected.

Spay and Neuter Surgeries

During COVID-19, spay and neuter surgeries across the country have been put on hold to allow human healthcare to take priority for surgical supplies. Due to this restriction, Valley Humane Society is prioritizing the spay and neuter of adult animals, and adopting out some unaltered puppies and kittens. Adopters will be required to work with Valley Humane to schedule spay and neuter appointments once the surgery restriction is lifted, and due to this, we will only be accepting applications from local adopters for unaltered pets. The cost for spay/neuter is still included as part of the adoption fee.