West Valley Humane Society

5801 Graye Lane
Caldwell, ID 83607

Our Mission

West Valley Humane Society will provide professional and compassionate animal services through shelter, adoption, educational programs, population control and health care service while remaining fiscally responsible.

Adoption Policy

How to Adopt:

Adoption is easy! Our friendly adoption staff will work with you to find the right dog,
cat or critter for your home. Get started by checking our on-line adoption listings (updated every 20 minutes) or stop by.  We encourage you to spend time getting to know prospective pets. If you have questions or wish to visit with an animal, just ask a staff member or volunteer for assistance.

Once you’ve made a decision, we’ll sit down for an informal consultation to ensure that you and the pet you’ve selected are a good match. During this process we will also review the animal’s medical and behavioral records, explain policies and services available to adopters.

What are the adoption requirements?

1. The animal must be spay/neutered prior to going to its new home.
2. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
3. Applicants will have filled out a Pre-adoption Questionnaire and have sat with one of our adoption counselors before an adoption is approved.
4. Anyone renting or leasing must have written permission from their landlord before an adoption can be approved. Any restrictions regarding type or size of animal must be noted.
5. Applicants for dog adoptions should have a yard that is fenced on all sides, or a fenced kennel area. Dogs that do not have access to a fenced-in area are much harder to housebreak and are more likely to escape, roam and become a neighborhood nuisance. Some dogs may require a fence of a certain type and height.
6. If applicants have a dog at home, they are encouraged to bring their dog to the shelter to meet the new pet before the adoption will be approved. We want to make sure that their dog is happy with their selection and that the transition for both dogs will be relatively smooth.  Make sure your pets are fully vaccinated before visiting the shelter!
7. In making decisions about the placement of "our" animals, we are thinking not only of their welfare, but also of the well-being of the families who wish to adopt from us. We focus on making a good match between pets and owners, not simply making a sale. We hope that you appreciate our efforts to provide quality care to the thousands of unwanted animals that find their way to West Valley Humane Society each year, and that we can count on your support.

Why is there an adoption fee?
Dog adoption fees range from $75.00 to $150.00 or more .  Adoption fees are very much based on supply and demand.  Animals that are purebred, or rare breeds, will be priced slightly higher.  Those fees will cover the medical costs of animals with lower fees.  The higher fee basically subsidizes the lower fees and allows us to provide the medical care, spay, neuter, vaccines, etc. that many shelter animals require.  It also allows us to be “open admission” which means we do not turn animals away.  As many have experienced in the past, shelters who turn away cats and dogs are not providing the best service to their communities.  Adoption fees also cover the costs of
special shelter programs.  Programs like “Spay the Mama”, “Name your own Purr-ice”, and the Senior Adoption program are all made possible by this gradient adoption pricing.  If we have an animal that is not being adopted due to a high price, we will lower the fee.  However, we hardly ever see this happen. 

What is included in the adoption fee?
Here is a breakdown of what an animal shelter has already put into your animal before you even adopt.

-Spay & Neuter:The average dog spay or neuter can range from $60-$175 for an animal shelter.

-Shots:The cost of intake
vaccinations for dogs to prevent Distemper, Parvo, Kennel Cough as well as rabies can cost approximately $50 for the animal shelter, if not more.

-Parasite Treatments and Preventatives Monthly flea tick and ear mite treatments as well as heart-worm preventives for dogs are another monthly cost for animal shelters.

-De-wormer medications are given as a preventative, as opposed to waiting to see evidence of worms. These treatments can cost approximately $10-$30 assuming
that no lab work was needed.

-Microchips:The cost for a shelter to microchip their animals is approximately $20-$25.

-Food, Shelter & Comfort:The cost to feed a dog for a month in an animal shelter can range greatly based on the resources of the shelter, but a general ballpark estimate is round $40-$60.

-Extreme Conditions:If your adopted dog is on anti-anxiety medication, eye drops, or other antibiotics the shelter will try to recuperate the cost from the adoption fees as
well.

-Extras:Collars: ID tags, and leashes may also be worked into the adoption fees.

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