How to Adopt at YVAS

At the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter, we strive to help you find the best match for your home.  

The first step to adopting any animal begins with a simple application.  Adoption applications can be filled out ahead of time, or you can complete them in person at the shelter.  This application will help staff get a quick snapshot of your home, lifestyle, needs/wants for a new pet, etc.  

From there staff uses their knowledge of the current population to give you suggestions and help you select the right pet.  

Since this pet will be a new member of your family, we hope that your household has a thorough discussion and everyone approves. 

We have meet-and-greet yards on-site where everyone can be introduced in a neutral space.  Please note that we stop doing meet and greets (and adoptions) one hour prior to close so that our dogs have time to relax and play outside after a long day.  While we strongly encourage family meets at YVAS, we do not require them for cats.  

If you rent your home, be sure to verify your pet policy.

Applicants must be at least 18 years or older.  (Not only is pet ownership a big responsibility, but our adoption contracts are also legal documents that require the signatures of an adult.)

After you’ve found the right pet and have an approved application, then we make it official!  The adoption paperwork takes about 30 minutes.  For this final step, we will need a photo ID, adoption fees, a few signatures, and you’re set. (Please note that we only accept cash or credit card)


We realize it is a bit of a process to adopt, but we promise it is well worth it! 

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