Adoptions at Heartland

Things to know:

  • We require that you are allowed to have a animal where you live. We will contact the rental agency or owner of the property to verify this prior to approving an adoption questionnaire.
  • 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.


If you are interested in adopting an animal but can not take them home that day, you may place a hold on the animal, reserving your right to adopt.

Things to note:

  • Holds may only be placed upon receipt and approval of a completed adoption questionnaire by Heartland staff.
  • Holds are good for ONE BUSINESS DAY: you will have through closing time the business day after you place your hold to adopt or pass.
  • We will accept up to 4 holds on an animal at a time.
  • Adoptable animals with the maximum number of holds will be removed from the website.
  • Holds may be extended for medical concerns. For example, if the animal you are interested in adopting is not spayed/neutered, they will be placed on hold for you until this is completed. You will then have one business day to adopt or pass.
  • Holds may only be placed on multiple animals if you are planning to adopt them together, at the approval of staff.
  • There is no charge to place an animal on hold.

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 and parasite treatments, collar and tags (if appropriate), and leash/carrier.

Adult Dogs $175*
Puppies (<7 months) $250*
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! Ask staff for details.