Things You Should Know


Placing an animal on "hold":

The Humane Society of Boulder Valley allows families or individuals to place "holds" on animals so that they may take time making adoption decisions, introducing family members and other pets, researching breed traits, and plan visits to the shelter without stress.  Holds may be placed over the phone or in person, and in the case of a "tie", the individual physically visiting the shelter and the animal will be awarded first position. 

Adoption holds may only be placed during business hours by talking to a team member and paying the following hold fees: 1st hold, $20.00; 2nd hold, $10.00. 

*Hold fees are administrative and therefore non-refundable and are not applied towards the adoption fee.

Adoption Fees

Dog adoption fees range from $19 to $499.
Cat adoption fees range from $10 to $199.
Small Animal adoption fees range from $5 to $149.

Our adoption fees help to offset the cost of evaulation, housing, feeding and medical care for the thousands of animals that need our help. We do our best to keep our adoption prices reasonable while generating income to support our goal of caring for animals available for adoption until we can place them in a loving home.

The adoption fee for each animal varies and is dependent on many factors including: age, size, behavior, medical condition and public demand.

V.I.P. Very Important Pets

Some of the animals in our adoption center are V.I.P's! V.I.P. animals are those that are in high demand and quickly find a loving home. You will notice that our V.I.P. animals have higher adoption prices - this is because they leave a financial legacy for the other animals in our care who may need extensive medical care or more time to find a loving home.

Animal photos are updated continually so you can see everyone who is available at the adoption center. Rather than delay an animal's website apperance because volunteers haven't had a chance to take their glamour shot, we just want to give you a glimpse of their personality and encourage you to come on in and meet them in person!

At the Humane Society of Boulder Valley we are commited to finding homes for companion animals. Our progressive adoption program places thousands of lost, abandoned and unwanted pets with loving guardians. Financial contributions from our community and supporters directly benefit our animals.

Click here to read more about what your adoption package includes

Click here to read more about pet guardian tips

Click here to read more about local pet-friendly housing, dog parks, and more

Our adoptions are Satisfaction Guaranteed!

While there is a person for every animal, we know that not every animal is for every person. If you adopt an animal from HSBV and discover that you are not compatible due to behavior concerns or medical issues, you may return your pet at any time and your adoption fee will be refunded.

Where do our animals come from?

The animals in our adoption center come to us in several different ways. Many of our dogs come to us through our active transfer program. Some are surrendered by their guardians due to compatibility differences or living constraints. Others are found as strays and if they have not been claimed from Lost and Found within 5 days, may become eligible for adoption. We also occasionally partner with other organizations, such as the ASPCA or HSUS in helping take animals from hoarding situations or puppy mills.

Every year, animal shelters around the country receive more dogs and cats than they can possibly find homes for in their communities. We know what that's like and strive every day to find homes for all of our adoptable pets. While we still have some pet overpopulation issues, our community has done a great job in focusing on the importance of responsible pet guardianship, including spaying and neutering their own pets to decrease pet overpopulation in and around Boulder County.