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Things to consider when adopting a pet

Photograph of a little girl kissing and receiving a kiss from her dog


Only safe, loving, permanent homes are sought for the animals and we want adopters to take pet ownership seriously. If you are considering a new pet for life, please consider the homeless animals at Animal Services. If you don't find just the right pet for your family at our shelter, many of our adoptable animals are transferred to local agencies and shelters.

Pets available for adoption (Leaving Mesa County's website)


Adoption requirements

  • Before you can adopt, you must own your own home or have your landlord's written permission to bring an animal home. We ask that you bring proof of current rabies and license for other pets in your home.
  • In addition to adoption pets available on site, we often have Grand Rivers Humane dogs available for adoption.

Adoption fees and process

The cost to adopt a dog is $95 and a cat is $65. At the time of adoption, you will pick out a local veterinarian from our list of participating veterinarians to provide the following services: Pet physical examination, surgical sterilization, one year rabies vaccination and licensing. We will make an appointment at the veterinarian you have selected and transport the animal to the veterinarian for care at the prearranged time. After the scheduled appointment and completion of the services outlined, you may take your pet home for a lifetime full of affection and love.

Please Note: Our policy states that we are unable to hold or reserve animals that are up for adoption. You may call or e-mail to request the adoption status of a preferred animal, but you must come in and fill out the Adoption Application in order to adopt. For your convenience, you may complete the Adoption Application Form below and bring it with you to the shelter.

Animal Adoption Application

The adoption fee includes:

  • A wellness check
  • Spay/neuter procedure completed by a participating veterinarian of your choice
  • 1st round of dog/cat vaccinations
  • One year rabies vaccination
  • One year Mesa County pet license
  • A wonderful addition to your family!

Out of county adoptions

Animals are adopted to residents outside of Mesa County, however the animal is required to be spayed/neutered at a local veterinary clinic prior to release to the adopter.