Adoption Guidelines

How Do I Adopt a Pet?

At the Pensacola Humane Society, our goal is to create loving, lasting adoptions. We believe that the adoption process should be simple, quick, and most importantly, fun! You can find the steps outlined below, but feel free to contact an adoption counselor at 850-432-4250 or at if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for opening your home to a new four-legged family member!

Step One: Getting Started

We encourage anyone who is interested in adopting to visit our website to learn about the animals we have available. We provide information about each of our guests, including size information, age, and temperament. Please note that all of our available animals are current on their vaccinations, spayed or neutered, and micro-chipped. When considering adoption, please make sure that you can offer a permanent home and are willing to make a long-term commitment to the pet.

Step Two: Picking the Perfect Companion

The Pet I Want is at the Shelter
Stop by any time during open hours to meet any pets that are available for adoption.

The Pet I Want is in Foster
Email to arrange a meet and greet between you and the pet you are interested in.

If you would like to introduce your dog to a dog you are interested in, our staff is more than happy to help you introduce them before you bring your new dog home

Step Three: Where Do We Sign?

So, you found the perfect pet and you can’t wait to get them home and love them forever. Great! We are so excited for both you and the animal. All that's left is the paperwork, which gets approved by our adoption staff. In order to adopt a pet, you will be asked if you meet the following criteria in addition to basic animal care:

  1. You must be at least 18 years of age for cats or 21 years of age for dogs and have sufficient means to support a pet.
  2. We reserve the right to require that all family members in the household meet the dog/cat prior to adoption.
  3. We reserve the right to require that all other pets in the household to be neutered or spayed.

For Cat Adoptions:

  • Adopted cats must be indoor-only pets.
  • Cats adopted from the Pensacola Humane Society cannot be declawed.

For Dog Adoptions:

  • Adopted dogs must be primarily indoor pets.
  • Adopted dogs must be kept current on heartworm prevention.
  • Families seeking to adopt a dog should have a suitable plan for exercise, including leashed walks, active play, or time in a fenced yard or park.
  • Families seeking to adopt a dog should have a humane approach to training.
  • If you are interested in adopting a dog, you must bring in all dogs already in the home for a "meet & greet" after the adoption is approved.

Please Note: We require that adopted animals be taken to the veterinarian for a wellness exam within seven days to complete the adoption process.

Once we've gotten the housekeeping out of the way, our adoption counselor will walk you through the necessary paperwork and will take your payment for the adoption fee.

If you do not meet the above requirements, you will need to meet them prior to being able to adopt. Our adoption staff reserves the right to deny an adoption if they feel it is in the best interest of the pet.

Step Four: Going Home!

If you have a kennel/carrier or leash for your new companion, please remember to bring it with you.

If you are adopting a cat, we will be happy to provide you with a temporary transport carrier.

If you are adopting a dog, we will be happy to provide you with a temporary lead.

Step Five: A Lifetime of Happiness

Enjoy your new companion and send us updates on Facebook! If you encounter any difficulties while your pet is adjusting and acclimating to their new home, please call us. We can offer help, guidance, and resources. Please check your email for information about Maddie's Pet Assistant, the cool and free app that will help you through some basic transitioning with your new pet and alert us if there are any major problems so that we can reach out to you.

We want to thank you for choosing to open your heart and home to one of our rescues. We are ecstatic for you and your new companion!

Need help with your new pet? Contact our help team!

Adoption Fees

Dog adoption fees include a negative heartworm test, spay/neuter, micro-chip, heartworm prevention, and vaccinations:

  • Up to 8 years: $25
  • 8 years and older: waived

Cat adoption fees include a negative FeLV/FIV test, spay/neuter, micro-chip, and vaccinations:

  • Up to 8 years: $10
  • 8 years and older: waived

If you are adopting a cat or kitten and do not bring your own carrier, then we can provide a temporary carrier.

If you are adopting a dog or puppy and you do not bring your own leash and collar, then we can provide a slip lead to get you home.

If you are adopting through the Pets for Patriots program, the adoption fees have a 20% discount. This does not stack with other adoption specials.

Military members who are not adopting through the Pets for Patriots program get a 10% adoption discount. This does not stack with other adoption specials.

When adopting two kittens, the second kitten’s adoption fee will be waived.

Hold Fees

A 24-hour hold is equal to the adoption fee and will be applied as the adoption fee once the animal is collected.

  • Holds are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  • Holds must be placed in person. We will not accept any holds over the phone or through e-mail.
  • Holds can only be placed if you have filled out and submitted an adoption request that has been reviewed and approved verbally with an adoption counselor.
  • Holds cannot be placed on an animal that is not available for adoption.
  • You can only place one hold at a time and cannot hold multiple animals.
  • Our adoption counselors still reserve the right to refuse adoption even if a hold has been placed. A hold does not guarantee adoption.

We accept cash, checks, and debit/credit cards for your convenience.
All adoptions are first come, first serve unless a hold has been made.

Pensacola Humane Society Non-Discrimination Policy

Pensacola Humane Society does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

These activities include, but are not limited to, selection and acceptance of members, volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.

We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our members, volunteers, staff, subcontractors, vendors, clients, associates, and constituents.