I can’t wait to see you
Do you like long walks and belly rubs? Me too! It sounds like we could be the perfect match. Luckily, there’s a tried-and-true process here at the Humane Society for pairing me with my new companion.
More than a shelter
Adoption Process Special Notice
Due to staffing challenges, we are experiencing longer than normal wait times. We appreciate your patience.
Please note: puppies and kittens 5 months and younger are not able to visit before going home for adoption. Please speak with a staff member for details.
Adopting an animal is a fulfilling experience. It is a lifetime commitment between you and your new furry friend and one that changes the life of the pet and the adopter. When you choose to adopt, you make room in the shelter for another homeless pet to find their new family.
Dogs and cats are the most common pets found at Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, but there are a wide variety of other animals – hamsters, guinea pigs, horses, goats, birds, snakes, iguanas, fish, turtles, rabbits – often available for adoption. Most animals that come to the shelter are either pets relinquished by their owners or stray animals.
How it works
View available pets online
Use the location sorter if you only want to see pets available at a specific campus. Then, come in as soon as possible if there’s someone you’d like to meet. There’s always a possibility the animal you saw online may have found a home already. The online database updates hourly.
If you have a question about a pet, call us instead of emailing so we can respond quicker.
Come in for a visit
You’ll notice each pet will have an info card attached to their kennel with an ID number. Write down this ID number so a matchmaker can give you more information. You will also be asked to complete an adopter survey to help our matchmakers assist you in finding a new pet that’s just the right fit.
We limit visitations to two pets per family, per day. This ensures everyone interested in adopting has the opportunity to spend time with their potential new family member. Puppies and kittens 5 months and younger are not able to visit before going home for adoption. Please speak with a staff member for details.
Find a match? Onward!
Sign on the line and head home
Once your visit is complete, you will meet with a customer service representative. We will review any special medical or behavior information and offer tips on how to help you get settled in.
Please bring a photo ID and review any pet restrictions that may exist within your lease/rental agreement, HOA bylaws, or city’s ordinances.
Good to know
Seniors (65 and older), veterans, and active military members receive 10% off services at our Colorado Springs and Pueblo shelters. One discount per family per visit.
We’re here to get you and your new furry family member off on the right paw. That’s why all HSPPR adoptions include:
A note about adoption fees
Like many animal shelters across the country, we use variable adoption pricing. We can help more animals in need by pricing pets in high demand at a higher rate. These higher adoption fees leave a legacy for other animals in our care that are older, require extensive medical care, or need more time to find a home. We often reduce the adoption fees on these harder-to-place pets. Check our adoptable pets page for a specific animal’s adoption fee.
Choice holds & fees
A choice hold makes you the first person we call if a stray dog or cat doesn’t get reclaimed. You will have the opportunity to meet the pet and decide whether you wish to adopt once the stray period is up (we are unable to allow visitations until then). There are a few requirements:
- Choice holds are done over the phone and you will be required to provide a credit card number to place the hold. Visit the Contact Us page for phone number information.
- Only the potential adopter (not a friend, family member living in another household, etc.) may place a choice hold.
- You must be able to complete the adoption process and take the pet home the first day he or she is made available for adoption.
Choice hold fees are non-refundable, unless the pet is reclaimed by his owner.
Owner surrendered pets, pets held for court cases or safe-keeping, and pets younger than 6 weeks of age are not eligible for a choice hold.
If a choice hold is not placed on a pet, and if that pet has more than one interested adopter, we will hold a popular pet drawing to ensure all interested parties have the same opportunity to adopt. Interested adopters must register with us upon arrival. A random drawing will take place immediately to select an adopter.
Dog or Cat in Foster Care $50