1. View Available Pets

Visit the animals in person at our Auburn Valley Humane Society animal shelter or visit one of our adoption centers at Petsmart in Federal Way or Petco in Midway. You may also browse our adoptable animals on our website.

2. Meet & GREET

Once you’ve selected an animal that you’re interested in adopting, you can meet with an adoption counselor and spend time getting to know the animal. If there are additional items to read about the animal you are interested in, you will be provided with these items at this time. Our adoption counselors are trained to help make the best match for you and can answer any questions you may have.


3. Adoption Application

When you've found a great match, it's time to complete an adoption application. Your application will be reviewed while you wait. Our goal is to match adopters with an animal who fits their family and lifestyle.

4. Complete the Adoption

Once your application has been approved, our adoption staff will process your paperwork and collect the adoption fee. You will be provided an adoption packet full of your pet’s information and additional items which an adoption staff member will go over with you.

Please plan on spending time at the shelter for the adoption process. Be sure to check our operation hours and please allow 30-45 minutes minimum to complete the adoption process. Our animal shelter does not process an adoption if it is less than 30 minutes to closing.

5. Heading Home

All dogs must leave with a leash. All cats must leave in a pet carrier for their safety. You can bring these items with you or purchase them at our shelter. All adopters receive 10% off at our retail center to purchase any items they may need before heading home.

Love your new pet … or let us know.

We’re committed to finding you the perfect pet match. Adopters have 30 days to return the pet if things do not work as planned by simply calling Auburn Valley Humane Society to make a return appointment. Adopters will then be issued an adoption credit towards a future adoption that best fits their family and lifestyle.


You’ll Also Receive These Additional Benefits:

  •  “Free Wellness Exam Certificate” at a participating veterinary clinic. This certificate is valid within the first 10 days after adoption.

  • All dogs and cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped.

  • A complimentary bag of cat or dog food so you can continue the diet they are currently eating at the shelter. Please consult with your veterinarian regarding your pet’s health and lifestyle to determine the best food for your pet.

    If you need to return your adopted animal for any reason, you can do so within 30 days of adoption. You must call our Front Desk Staff at 253-249-7849 to schedule a return appointment.

  • 10% off any purchase you make at our shelter’s retail center on the day of your adoption.

  • Coupons from various local pet partners.

  • 25% off coupon at the AVHS Thrift Store & More to be used within 30 days of adoption.

  • Opportunity to sign up for a FREE intro to dog training seminar.