Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
Yakima County is the second largest county in Washington State, covering 4312 square miles, with a population of more than 243,000 people.
You can fill out an online adoption form on our website at
After adopting a pet from us you may take him/her to the Veterinarian of your choice (in Yakima County) within 3 business days for a complimentary exam. We strongly encourage you to make and keep this appointment as this helps to assess the general overall health of the animal. You will need to present both shelter receipts upon arrival to verify that your pet was adopted from the Humane Society of Central Washington. These receipts will also tell the Veterinarian what vaccinations and procedures your new pet may have received during his/her stay at our facility.
If you rent and wish to adopt please be prepared to provide the Humane Society staff with authorization from your landlord verifying that it is acceptable for you to have pets in your home.
We do our best to ensure that the pet you adopt is in good health. Unfortunately, due to the nature of this business we do not always know their health or behavioral history. We also have no way of knowing what they may have been exposed to prior to coming to the shelter. If your pet becomes ill within 14 days of adoption you have two options:
If you choose to keep your pet you may seek treatment at your own expense. The Humane Society of Central Washington is not responsible for any Veterinarian bills that you may incur.
For a return/refund you must take your pet to a Veterinarian and have him indicate the cause of illness and write a diagnosis on the Adoption Receipt. Then bring your pet, the signed Adoption receipts and all other documents received during the Adoption process to the shelter and you will be issued a refund or an exchange, whichever you prefer. The exchange is good for up to one year from the date you returned the ill pet to us.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.