The Humane Society of Western Montana is dedicated to finding a lifelong home for every adoptable animal. We strive to provide a facilitative adoption process and create successful matches for adopters and the animals in our care.
COVID-19 Program Updates (5/27/20)
We have so many interested adopters! Due to the volume of adoption interest at this time will no longer be adding to our waiting list. We are working hard to help all those currently on this list before opening to a more regular adoption schedule and will continue to scheduling virtual Meet & Greets and adoption appointments with our available pets (some pets may have several interested parties). Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this list.
Adoption by Appointment Steps
Complete our Pet & People Profile
For the time being and to help slow the spread of COVID-19 we are scheduling all adoptions. Adopters can view adoptable pets online and fill out our online pre-intake Pet & People profile.
Schedule a Virtual Meet & Greet
Once we receive your Pet & People profile, one of our Pet Adoption & Welfare Specialists (PAWS) will contact you to schedule a Virtual Meet & Greet (via video conference). Our knowledgeable PAWS will help you get to know the pets you are considering adopting. If you are uncertain or having difficulty choosing a pet, we can make suggestions based on our one-on-one conversation and your Pet & People Profile. Please note that a pet may have multiple Virtual Meet & Greet appointments scheduled.
Schedule an In-person Meet & Greet*
If you are ready to proceed, you will have the option of placing a Headed Home Reservation* on that pet until your in-person appointment is scheduled. Social distancing measures and cleaning protocols will be in place to ensure health and safety of our staff and adopters.
*The Headed Home Reservation is a $20 contribution that goes to supporting our Nandi Wishcamper Medical Assistance Fund and does not apply to a pet’s adoption fee.
Most pets are available to go home at the time of your In-person Meet & Greet. Our PAWS team will go over your new pet's medical records and answer any questions you may have about bringing home your new pet.
The Humane Society of Western Montana’s adoption fees are based on an animal’s species, age, breed, temperament and physical condition. Some animals are more desired by adopting families: small breed dogs and puppies, purebred dogs and puppies, some purebred cats and kittens, etc. These animals may be designated as Ambassador Pets and their higher adoption fee will help to provide quality care for all the other animals at the Humane Society.
|Kittens (<5 months)||$125|
|Puppies (<5 months)||$200|
|Guinea pigs, etc.||$15|
|Rats, hamsters and mice||$10|
|Other Species||Fee Varies|
The Humane Society of Western Montana has several adoption programs designed to encourage successful matches.
Seniors for Seniors
Our Seniors for Seniors program encourages the adoption of older companions by waiving the adoption fee of animals seven years or older for adopters over the age of 60. Older pets make instant companions, are already house-trained, and have grown out of pestering adolescent behaviors.
As part of our Buddy Adoption program, the Humane Society waives the adoption fee of one cat or kitten when a family has chosen to take home two. Adopting a pair of cats or kittens is great not only because adopters save two lives instead of one, but because:
- Some cats rely on and have formed lasting bonds with their housemate
- Kittens are active and become bored (and troublesome) quickly; a fellow kitten gives them a constant playmate
- A pair of playmates will be less irksome to older resident cats
Headed Home Reservation
Once you’ve met the pet you wish to adopt, we are more than happy to place a Headed Home Reservation for this pet if you are unable to adopt that day. The Headed Home Reservation is a non-refundable $20 fee that will reserve that pet for you until 2 pm the next business day. All holds fees are contributed to the Humane Society's Nandi Wishcamper Fund to support pets from low-income families in our community.
Animals available for adoption at the Humane Society have received medical and behavioral evaluations. All pets receive a medical exam and basic vaccinations by the trained PAWS team. Additional veterinary care is often provided, as needed.
Our adopters take home a new family member plus the tools and information needed to help create a lasting bond and a fulfilling relationship. Adoption fees include vaccinations and de-worming, a collar and id tag, a cat carrier or dog leash, a scratching board, a free post-adoption veterinary exam and adoption counseling from an Adoption Specialist customized for the adopter and the pet they have chosen.
In addition to the fees, adoptive owners might be asked to pay a $15.00 rabies certificate fee for dogs, cats and ferrets over three months of age who are not yet vaccinated. Click here to read our Adoption Policy.