Our new adoption process...


Adoption Services are now available on a drop-in, first-come, first-served basis!

Thank you for your incredible support of the animals and continued patience as we navigate this high demand for our adoption program resources! In an effort to serve our clients in a more efficient and fair manner, the Humane Society of Boulder Valley is excited to welcome our clients on a walk-in basis!

We are still adhering to social distancing and other health guidelines to keep you and our staff safe. Masks are now optional for individuals who are fully vaccinated (and two weeks have passed since the completion of your full course of vaccination). We are open seven days a week to help you find a new addition to your home. Our Adoption Center hours are Monday through Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. To ensure all animal visits and adoptions are completed, we will stop conducting any new animal meets one hour prior to closing.

In order to meet and adopt an animal…

  1. Come to our shelter during our business hours.
  2. Inquire about an animal’s location at our front desk or walk through our Adoption Centers.
  3. Once you have found the location for an animal, remove the entire sleeve from the front of that animal’s kennel and bring it to the front desk.
  4. Give us your name and a phone number that accepts text messages.
  5. Before your adoption or meet, we may ask you to wait in the lobby or outside until staff and space become available.
  6. Meet the animal!

Please view the animals we currently have available for adoption on our website before coming to the shelter. If you are arriving before we open, we ask that you wait outside our Adoption Lobby in line with other clients and remain socially distanced. A marker on the ground indicates where the line begins and stepping out from the line before we have gathered your information will result in you losing your space in line.

If you decide to adopt, we will complete your adoption with payment and paperwork to make everything official!

Placing an animal on “hold”

HSBV offers adoption holds for available animals only after you have met with them. At this time, we do not offer holds placed over the phone. Once you have met with an animal and are onsite, you may place a 1st hold for a $30.00 non-refundable service fee to support the cost of care and administration of your hold. 1st holds for non-dog/cat species with adoption fees of less than $50.00 can be placed for a $10.00 non-refundable service fee. 1st holds are valid through close of business the following day. If you are meeting with an animal who has a first hold, you may place a 2nd hold for a $10 non-refundable fee. If the client with the 1st hold chooses not to adopt or their hold expires, you will become the 1st hold and be notified of your status. Your new 1st hold will reserve the animal through the end of the following business day.

*Hold fees are administrative and therefore non-refundable, are not tax-deductible donations, and are not applied towards the adoption fee.