Don't buy. Rescue!
The choice is yours.
Adopting is as easy as 1, 2, 3
The first step is to find a pet that will match your lifestyle. Browse through our available cats and dogs on this website or come visit them in-person at our weekly adoption event each Saturday (except holidays) between 11:00am and 2:00pm (3:00pm for cats) at the West Broad Petco next to Trader Joe’s.
If you need help looking for a cat, reach out to our cat adoption coordinator. If you’re not sure which dog is right for you, fill out an adoption application, which will give dog adoption coordinators enough information to help you in your search.
Once you’ve found an animal that you’re interested in, it’s time to fill out an adoption application (cat application, dog application). Make sure that you list the name of the animal that you’ve found! After you’ve submitted your application, one of our expert adoption coordinators will contact to you review your application with you. If all goes well, we will complete the adoption within a week.
Unfortunately, there are times when the pet that has been selected isn’t a good match for the adopter. For instance, you may have chosen a dog that doesn’t get along with small children, but you have an active, young family. If this happens, our adoption coordinators will work with you to find another pet. Because we are a foster-run organization, we are intimately familiar with our animals’ personalities. This provides us with the information we need to help match you with the best pet possible!
How do I adopt a pet?
After finding the cat or dog that you’re interested in, fill out the appropriate application (cat application, dog application) and one of our experienced adoption coordinators will be in touch within a 24- to 72 hours.
The adoption coordinator will review your application with you and then check your references. If everything goes well, we will work with you to get your new pet to you as soon as possible!
Are there any requirements to adopt a cat?
There are three requirements to adopt a cat from HHS: you agree that the cat will be indoor-only, you agree never to declaw the cat (learn why its bad) and you agree that, if for any reason, you are no longer able to care for the cat you return him or her to our care.
We reserve the right to deny any application based on our discretion.
Are there fees associated with adoption?
Our standard adoption fee ranges from $90 (cats) to $150 (dogs), which covers all possible medical treatment including shots, spay/neuter and worm/flea treatments. As a non-profit organization, we do not receive any money from the state or other government organizations. We rely on donations and adoption fees to cover the costs of food and medical needs of our animals.
100% of the adoption fee goes to cover the expenses incurred by the animal.
What are the benefits of adopting from HHS?
There are several benefits when adopting from Henrico Humane Society.
First, we do not run a shelter, so none of our animals spend a day in a cage. Instead, our animals live in homes with dedicated foster parents who treat them as their own pets. This allows us to get to know the personality of each animal which helps us to make successful matches to adopters.
Second, unlike most rescue organizations in Richmond, we have a no-questions-asked “return policy”. Whether you’ve had your pet for 1 week or 10 years, if, for any reason you become unable to care for him or her we will take the animals back to rehome him or her.
How do I select the right animal?
Trust your heart and look for animals that match your lifestyle. For instance, if you have other pets, look for an animal that is good with other animals. Many of our animals are fostered in a home with small children; if you have little ones, look for animals that have been in a similar environment.