Adopt a Pet (The Process)
Get started by browsing all of our adoptable pets online or by visiting the shelter. Please call the shelter before coming out to visit a specific animal, as several are in foster care. We are unable to put an animal on hold via phone or email request prior to meeting with an animal.
Upon entering our shelter, please take time to notice all the animals in our care. Every animal deserves a loving home, and our goal is to match every pet with the right family. Please visit with staff about the behavior and personality of the animal. They have been taking care of the animal since arrival and generally know a lot about them. It is important that every family member spends some time with the pet you are interested in adopting to ensure they are a good fit for your family and lifestyle.
After a decision has been made, please return to the front desk and give the adoption counselor a tag number, name, and/or description of the animal you are interested in adopting, they will be able to help you with completing the adoption of your new family member!
To adopt an animal from the Cedar Valley Humane Society, you must be at least 18 years old, provide a current photo ID, and have a verifiable address. If you rent, bring a copy of your lease agreement and/or your property manager’s telephone number so that we can verify the type of pet you are adopting is allowed.
You will also need to complete an adoption application. Applications may be picked up at the Cedar Valley Humane Society. You may also download an adoption application and e-mail a completed copy back to email@example.com or fax it to us at (319) 365-8270.
Click here to download an application.
Puppies (9 months and under) – $250
Dogs – $150
Silver Paws Club Dogs (7+ years old) – $75
Lonely Hearts Club Dogs (Long-term residents) – $75
Kittens (3 months and under) – $100
Cats – $90
Silver Paws Club Cats (7+ years old) – $45
Lonely Hearts Club Cats (Long-term residents) – $45
Rabbits – $40
Hamsters, Gerbils, Mice, and Rats – $20
Guinea Pigs – $20
Ferrets – $40
Birds – vary by species
Other species – please call for pricing
All cat and dog adoption fees include: feline leukemia test (cat), heartworm test(dog), age-appropriate vaccinations, deparasitizing (external and internal), grooming (if needed), microchip, and the required spay or neuter surgery.
Pets for Vets – Owning a pet can lift your mood and help you feel less stressed. CVHS provides free adoption services to local area veterans looking for a companion animal. We hope the value of the companionship from these animals will be an even greater factor for our area’s veterans.
Cat Companions – Pet ownership offers many physical and emotional benefits and CVHS believes in the positive impact pet companionship has on a seniors life. Cat Companions will provide free adoption services to seniors interested in adopting a companion cat with CVHS.
Barn Cats – Cats that have histories and temperaments better suited to an outdoor lifestyle can be successfully placed with caring owners as working cats. These cats may live in a barn, stable or other outdoor setting where they have a “job” and a better quality of life. CVHS will help match potential adopters with a barn cat at a discounted fee to be placed in a safe and comfortable environment.