How to Adopt

Start Your Search

View our adoptable pets online to see if you spot an animal you are interested in.

Once you find one you want to learn more about, you can call our Shelter at 303.278.7575, or you can visit our Shelter or one of our adoption partner locations to meet the animal in-person.

When You Decide to Adopt

Please bring a photo ID, such as a driver’s license, when you come to the Shelter. In addition, all adoptions require an approved adoption application that you will fill out in-person. Finally, it’s important to bring all your family members to the Shelter to meet the animal. You want to make sure the pet you’re adopting fits in with your family.

Once you spot a dog, cat or critter at the Shelter that you are interested in meeting, you can:

  1. Speak with one of our Adoption Specialists to learn about the pet’s history, personality and care requirements.
  2. Visit with the animal in one of our private “Getting to Know You” rooms or outside in one of our play yards.
  3. If you decide to adopt, talk with one of our staff members about filling out the adoption application to be approved for adoption.
  4. Pay the adoption fees and take your new pet home!

Placing an Animal On Hold

If you need some extra time to think about your adoption before taking an animal home, we offer an adoption hold program for your convenience. You may place a hold on an available animal in- person during business hours for $15. Holds expire after 24 hours. Hold fees are non-refundable and are not applied towards the adoption fee.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees help offset the cost of housing, feeding, training and providing medical care for the more than 9,200 animals we see at our Shelter each year. The adoption fees at our Shelter are a fantastic value! For puppies, kittens, dogs and cats, they include:

  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Initial vaccinations
  • A microchip
  • A voucher for a free health exam
  • For some pets, the adoption fee could also include countless hours of health care, foster care, socialization and training

At Foothills Animal Shelter, we value every pet equally and consider them to be priceless. The higher fees for some pet adoptions give us additional resources to provide extra help to other animals—such as those that may require surgery, medical treatment, extended care and more.

Dog Adoptions

Dogs: $80 – $500

Puppies (under the age of six months): $200 – $500

If you reside in Jefferson County, you may also be required to purchase a $20 pet license at the time of adoption.

Click here to see all dogs available for adoption.

Cat Adoptions

Cats: $25 – $40

Kittens (under the age of six months): $115

Click here to see all cats available for adoption.

Small Animal Adoptions

Guinea pigs, rats and mice: Pick Your Price – name your own adoption fee (subject to change)

Rabbits, ferrets, small birds, etc.: Varies from $15 – $100, depending on the species

Other exotic pets: Varies

Click here to see all critters available for adoption.