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Adoption Facts

Adoptions at Heartland

  • Adoptable animals are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, by appointment only.
  • Because appointments are limited, we ask that you be ready to adopt that same day. In some cases, certain animals will require more than one adoption meeting. In those instances, we will work with you to schedule these additional appointments.
  • Dog adopters with another dog in the home should bring that dog to their appointment for a dog-to-dog meet.

Things to know:

  • We require that you are allowed to have an animal where you live.
  • We reserve the right to deny an adoption if the animal will not be a good fit for your home.
  • Adoption fees must be paid at the time of adoption (see below for a table of current adoption fees).
  • Dogs: If you have a dog in your home already, you will need to schedule a dog-to-dog meet at the shelter before your adoption can be approved.
  • Cats and small animals: We do not have the ability to do pet meets with cats or small animals prior to adoption. However, we can counsel you on safely introducing a new pet into the home, and will always take our animals back if an adoption does not work out.
  • We require that animals are spayed/neutered prior to adoption. If an animal is not yet fixed, you may place a hold on it until it is ready to be adopted.

Heartland will always take animals back if an adoption does not work out.


Current Adoption Fees

Adoption fees must be paid at the time of adoption. We accept cash and credit/debit for adoption fees. Adoption fees include spay/neuter, microchip, appropriate vaccinations, parasite treatments, collar and tags (if appropriate), and leash/carrier.

Adult Dogs $175*
Puppies (<7 months) $300*
Adult Cats $65
Kittens (<7 months) $115
Senior Dog

Senior/Special Needs/FIV Cats



Rabbits $40
Guinea Pigs $15
Other animals ask staff
License Deposit (Benton County Dog Adopters) $10
G.E.M. (Going the Extra Mile)

These animals are highly adoptable and their fees go toward helping the other animals who are longer-term residents


If you are a Senior or a Veteran, you qualify for a special adoption rate on adult and senior cats and dogs! Ask staff for details. Note: Kittens and puppies do not qualify for this adoption special.

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