Adoption Info & FAQs

Adopted dog with new family

Your choice to adopt a pet from The Animal Foundation will make a profound difference both to that pet and to the Las Vegas community.

In return, you’ll experience unconditional love, joy at the sound of your footsteps, and a friend and family member who will treasure every minute spent with you.

A mom and baby meet a new dog

You are about to make one of the best decisions of your life. Congratulations! We look forward to helping you find the perfect pet.

We have answers to all your questions about adopting a pet from our Las Vegas animal shelter or PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center. You can start your search to adopt a pet by viewing our online database, or, better yet, come visit us today. We’re open 7 days a week.

Rescue Partners can view our animals available for transfer here


Adoption FAQs

When you adopt, you’ll need:

  • Proof that you’re at least 18 years of age.
  • A picture ID with your current address, or if this isn’t available, a picture ID and a current utility bill.
  • A meeting with one of our pet adoption counselors.
  • The Animal Foundation Main Campus Adoption Center at 655 N. Mojave Road in Las Vegas.
  • PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center (EAC) at the PetSmart at 286 W. Lake Mead Parkway in Henderson.
  • Cats are sometimes available at select Petco locations in the Las Vegas area.

More information on locations and hours.

Although it costs The Animal Foundation an average of over $300 to care for each adoptable pet, we work constantly to eliminate price barriers, so homeless animals can find a forever home. This is why we are committed to everyday low prices, so people don’t need to wait for a special promotion to adopt a pet.

Animal Adoption Fees

  • Puppies (under 6 mos. old) $200
  • Adult Large Dogs (6 mos. and older and weighing 30lbs or more) $50
  • Adult Small Dogs (6 mos. and older) $100
  • Kittens (under 6 mos. old) $75 or two for $100
  • Adult Cats (6 mos. and older) $25
  • Rabbits $25
  • Ferrets $75
  • Chickens and Ducks $5
  • Snakes $25 and up
  • Guinea Pigs $10
  • Hamsters, Rats, Gerbils $5

Adoption fees include spay and neuter surgery, all current vaccinations, and a microchip. Additionally, adopters at our campus Adoption Center will receive a transition bag of Hill’s Science Diet pet food (dogs and cats only), a coupon for $5 off Hill’s Science Diet, and a voucher for a complimentary wellness exam at a participating veterinary hospital partner. Patrons who adopt from our PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center receive an adoption package from PetSmart.

Adopters of cats and dogs from The Animal Foundation are pre-certified for pet health insurance for their furry friends. Upon adoption, Companion Protect offers immediate coverage for those expensive surgeries, treatments and illnesses that may surprise a pet parent. The policy provides up to 90% coverage for eligible veterinary costs and includes free annual wellness exams at Vetwork Partners. The program helps prepare new pet parents with unexpected veterinary costs and ensures your pet has access to proper medical care.

Visit www.CompanionProtect.com to chat with a live agent and learn more.

A $10 pet license fee for pet adoptions applies for residents living in City of North Las Vegas and City of Las Vegas.

We offer discounts to seniors and to active military personnel, veterans, and first responders. Occasionally, we run pet adoption promotions.

Adopters 60 years and older can take $25 off the adoption fee of any cat 1 year and older or $50 off any dog 3 years and older. This adoption discount is valid year-round, and photo ID must be provided at the time of adoption. Licensing fees still apply where required.

We offer a 50% discount on adoption fees for all active military personnel, veterans, and first responders (police, EMT, paramedics, and firefighters). Your ID badge must be presented at time of adoption. This discount is only available to the military member, veteran or first responder, not to family members. Licensing fees still apply where required.

For all adoption discounts, adopters must meet qualifications to be eligible to adopt. Adoptions can and will be denied if an adopter cannot meet requirements or if placement is not in the best interest of the pet. Adoption discounts cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion. Multiple pet adoptions are subject to approval by the adoption manager/supervisor.

For more information about adoptions at our Las Vegas animal shelter location at 655 N. Mojave Road or our PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center (EAC) at 286 W. Lake Mead Parkway in Henderson, contact our Adoptions Department at (702) 384-3333 ext. 901 or adoptions@animalfoundation.com.

The adoption process itself takes less than an hour in most cases. You’ll want to allow extra time to stroll through our adoption area and meet several different animals. This way, you’re sure to find the pet who is the very best fit for you.

  • Once you’ve found a pet you’re interested in adopting, let a staff member know.
  • We will look up any information we may have on the animal you’ve chosen and help you interact with them.
  • After you and the animal have spent some time getting to know each other, we’ll start the adoption process.
  • We’ll verify your ID and proof of address (if different than your ID).
  • We’ll have a brief counseling session to learn more about your household, your lifestyle, and your ability to love and care for a pet.
  • We’ll answer any questions or concerns you may have.


That’s all there is to it. Let the loving begin!

If you are not sure about a permanent adoption, ask a counselor about our Foster-to-Adopt program that lets potential adopters house a pet temporarily — generally over a two-week period – to see if that pet is a good fit with family members and even other pets. This program, available at both our main campus at 655 North Mojave Road in Las Vegas and the PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center in Henderson, is designed to give potential adopters more time and experience with an animal before they make a lifetime commitment.

We’ll provide you with an initial supply of pet food along with all required vaccines and medical care (restrictions may apply) for your pet during the Foster-to-Adopt period. You’ll be asked to provide other pet necessities such as collars, leashes, crates, food bowls and, most importantly, love and affection.

In most cases, yes. Pets that have already been spayed or neutered will go home with you the same day. If not, he or she will stay overnight, have their surgery and generally be available to go home the next day. If you know you are in the market for a pet, it is a good idea to have some things ready for your new pet such as bedding, food, bowls, and toys. That way, when you fall in love, you will be ready.

The Animal Foundation does not handle requests or hold pets. Adoptions for qualified applicants are on a first-come, first-served basis at both our Las Vegas animal shelter location on Mojave Road and our PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center (EAC) in Henderson.

No. The shelter is a strange and stressful place for most pets and does not provide an accurate indication of how the animals will act in a home environment. The most successful dog-to-dog introductions are properly staged outside the shelter environment. We provide step-by-step instructions on how to properly introduce your new pet to resident pet(s).

In keeping with best practices within the animal welfare community, The Animal Foundation will only identify a breed if there is proof of registration from the American Kennel Club. Research has shown that sight-based identification of breeds is highly unreliable and can be misleading. Dogs and cats are as individual as people are. The best way to learn about the personality of an individual pet is to visit the shelter, spend time with the pet and ask one of our adoption counselors about the pet you are considering

  • We highly recommend you upload a photo of your new dog or cat (and any others you already have) to Finding Rover. Finding Rover is a free service that uses facial recognition software to help you find your lost dogs or cats. By registering your pet in the Finding Rover community, your pet becomes searchable by thousands of users if he or she is ever lost. The software will look for “found” matches in its database.
  • Keep the contact information associated with your pet’s microchip up to date.
    Keep recent photos of your pet, so you can find and use them quickly if he or she is ever lost.
  • If your pet does go missing, contact nearby animal shelters and veterinarian offices and post on social media. Post flyers in your neighborhood, where allowed.
  • For more helpful information, visit our Lost & Found page.

The Animal Foundation will take back any adopted pet if the adoption does not work out for any reason.

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Our Adoption Counselors are always here to help. If you have any questions or concerns after bringing your new pet home, please contact us at 702-384-3333 x901 or email.

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