Apply To Adopt

Beginning March 17, 2020 our Adoption Center will be closed until further notice. However, we will still be allowing adoptions by appointment for approved applicants. We are dedicated to the welfare of our staff, shelter animals, and community and appreciate your continued support during these unprecedented times.

How To Adopt While the Adoption Center is Closed

  1. View our adoptable pets on our website and Facebook page: &
  2. Apply to adopt on our website and indicate which animal(s) you are interested in when prompted on the online application:
  3. Wait patiently as a Humane Society staff member processes your adoption application. This usually takes 24/48 hours. We will call you and set up a specific time for you to visit the shelter and meet the animal(s) you are interested in.
  4. At the appointment time you’ll be able to meet our adoptable pets. If it’s a match, you’ll take your new adoptable pet home the same day!

Please note if you or a family member are sick or have been exposed to someone who is ill, we ask that you do not visit the shelter and wait to adopt until everyone in your home is well.

Adoption Application Form

  • The Humane Society of St. Joseph County strives to place each animal in the very best possible home. Please make sure that every question is answered completely, blank or incomplete answers will delay the approval process. We spend hours of staff time and hundreds of dollars printing out applications each year. We want to streamline the process for serious clients so please only submit an adoption application if you are seriously considering adopting a new pet within the next week. In order to place an Adoption HOLD on one of our pets, you must submit the application AND visit with the pet at our shelter or offsite adoption location. If you live over two hours away from our facility and want to place an Adoption HOLD on a pet, please call our Adoption Specialist at (574) 255-4726 ext 0.
  • Please check all that apply:

  • Pet History & Information

  • Adopt a Cat

  • Adopt A Dog

  • By submitting this adoption application, I certify that I am at least 18 years of age and the information provided is correct to the best of my knowledge. I understand that the Humane Society of St. Joseph County reserves the right to deny any application for any reason. Providing false information may result in the denial of this application or reclamation of the adopted animal by the Humane Society of St. Joseph County. I am fully aware that I am adopting a living creature and that the Humane Society of St. Joseph County is unable to guarantee the health or temperament of any animal. I understand that I may return the animal to the Humane Society of St. Joseph County for a full refund if a licensed veterinarian diagnoses it with a life-threatening illness within 7 days of my adoption. I understand that if I choose to treat the animal for any illness that develops, I do so at my own expense. In addition, we need information about the pets living within your home or the property where the animal will be kept. To release this information from your veterinarian about your pets and their care, you need to call your veterinarian office and give them permission to release records to the Humane Society of St. Joseph County. When you submit this online adoption application you are giving the Humane Society of St. Joseph County permission to ask your veterinarian to give us all the information we request and you are certifying that all information provided on the adoption application is true, and is your honest response. *By submitting this application, you are consenting to a possible home inspection.*