Adoption Process & Guidelines

Our adoption hours are Wednesday-Sunday, Noon – 6pm.  That’s when you can see and meet our available dogs and cats.  No appointment is necessary.

When you come to Homeward Pet, you’ll first be asked to fill out a simple, one-page application*. One of our knowledgeable, experienced Adoption Counselors will meet with you and introduce you to our animals.  We have a very open process and will be glad to share with you any information we have regarding each animal’s history, veterinary records, behavior assessment and more.  We have rooms where you can meet and interact with an animal.

If an animal is found that is a good match for you and you choose to adopt, we’ll ask you to complete the adoption by signing our adoption contract, completing microchip registration, reviewing the animal’s medical records, and paying a non-refundable adoption donation. We’ll also provide you with health and behavior information to help with the transition of an adopted animal to your home, and be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Please allow at least 45 minutes to complete the process. We’ll give you as much time as you need.  Our doors are open until 6pm on adoption days, but every night at 6:30pm our counseling staff needs to turn their attention to caring for our animals, and may be unable to complete an adoption.

*Completion of the Homeward Pet Application does not guarantee adoption. It is the first step in our adoption process.

Adopting a Cat or Kitten:Pretty calico kitty.

  • Prior to adoption, all household members should be here to meet the prospective new cat.
  • We recommend that families with children under 6 years of age do not adopt young kittens (under 4 months old). Young kittens require careful handling.
  • We suggest that our kittens be adopted in pairs. If you’re interested in adopting one kitten (under 4 months old), it’s best to have a young, playful, friendly cat or someone in the family at home most of the day.
  • We advise that all of our adopted cats and kittens be indoor only. Indoor cats live longer and healthier, avoiding the dangers of disease and predators outdoors. At times, we’ll have cats that may be available for adoption as indoor/outdoor cats, based on their history and behavior.
  • We advocate against declawing cats. At times, we will have previously declawed cats available for adoption.
  • To reduce pet overpopulation, we advocate that all animals living as pets be spayed or neutered.
  • We reserve the right to do property checks on homeowners, or get landlord approval from applicants who are renting.
  • We are unable to place cats on hold or take deposits for animals.
  • You must be at least 21 years of age to adopt.
  • We generally do not place animals with new owners who live more than 150 miles from our facility.

Adopting a Dog or Puppy:Chihuaha cross dog

  • Prior to adoption, all household members (including any resident dogs) should be here to meet the prospective new dog.
  • We recommend that families with children under 6 years of age do not adopt young puppies (under 6 months). Puppies require a lot of attention, training and careful handling.
  • All adopted dogs should be housed primarily indoors and not be kept as outside or guard dogs.
  • To reduce pet overpopulation, we advocate that all animals living as pets be spayed or neutered.
  • We reserve the right to do property checks on homeowners, or get landlord approval from applicants who are renting.
  • We are unable to place dogs on hold or take deposits for animals.
  • You must be at least 21 years of age to adopt.
  • We generally do not place animals with new owners who live more than 150 miles from our facility.
Contact Information
Adoption Hours:
Phone:
Our Address:
Wed - Sun, 12 - 6pm
425.488.4444
P.O. Box 2293
13132 NE 177th Place
Woodinville, WA 98072
Homeward Pet Adoption Center is a non‑profit, no‑kill animal shelter. Our mission is to give homeless animals a second chance through rescue, shelter, and adoption.