Adoption FAQ

If you've reviewed our adoption process and still have questions, review these frequently asked questions for more information.

Adoption FAQ

No, we are not able to hold adoptable animals for any reason. Adoptions are "first come, first served, best fit." Review our adoption process and adoption FAQ before coming in to adopt to ensure you have completed the necessary steps.

The length of time that an adoption takes varies widely by type of pet, the number of meet-and-greets required and how busy the shelter is that day. While some adoptions may take about an hour, you should expect to spend an afternoon at the shelter completing the adoption process.

You do not need an appointment to adopt an animal that is in the shelter. View our Hours, Location and Contacts page for adoption hours.

You may need an appointment to meet an animal in foster care. Follow the instructions on the animal's online adoption listing to apply.

For your convenience, our online adoption listings are updated live. When an animal is adopted or no longer available, it disappears from the available animals list almost immediately.

Available animals at the shelter are marked with a green sheet. If you have questions about whether an animal is available or when it may become available, ask an officer or volunteer.

Each animal in foster care will have instructions on its online adoption listing on how to apply to adopt. If it does not, please email animalcare@seattle.gov and include the animal number so staff can update the profile.

Review our adoption fees for the cost of adoption. Adopters of dogs, cats, miniature goats and potbellied pigs who live in Seattle or King County must also purchase a two-year altered pet license at the time of adoption.

Adoption and licensing fees are only the initial cost of bringing a new pet home. Please review our Deciding to Adopt guide for the other costs associated with pet ownership.

Puppies are rare at our shelter. While kittens are a bit more common, they are rare at SAS compared to other shelters with higher volume that serve larger communities. For your convenience, our available animals listings are updated live; this is the best place to check for the pet you're searching for.