How to Adopt at YVAS

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

Step 1 - Complete an Adoption Application

The first step to adopting any dog begins with a simple application.  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.  Our staff will then use their knowledge of the current population to give you suggestions and help you select the right dog.

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

Step 2 - Meet and Greets

Since this dog will be a new member of your family, we need all parties (including your significant other, roommates, children, current dog(s), etc.) to be happy with the choice.  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.

Step 3 - Verifying Rental Pet Policies

If you rent your home, be sure to verify your pet policy before coming to the shelter.  We will also need a verbal confirmation from your landlord that the animal you’ve chosen meets their pet criteria.

Step 4 - Making it Official

After you’ve found the dog and we have an approved application, then it’s time to make it official!  The adoption paperwork takes about 30 minutes.  For this final step, we will need a photo ID, the adoption fee, a few signatures, and you’re set.  YVAS is only able to accept cash, debit cards, or credit cards, excluding American Express.

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

Adopting Dogs