Adoption Details

Adopting from the Spartanburg Humane Society

Congratulations! You've made the lifesaving decision to adopt your next pet from the Spartanburg Humane Society. We are eager to help you find your next best friend.

At the SHS we have cats, kittens, puppies and dogs of all ages and sizes, so you are sure to find a pal who matches your lifestyle. And if you have a particular breed in mind, remember that nearly 25% of dogs entering shelters like the SHS are purebred.

We also care for small and furry critters like rabbits and guinea pigs and large animals like horses who are looking for a new home. Visit us regularly to find your perfect match!

Take a moment to learn more details about our adoption process below!  If you have a question, please feel free to contact us.

What to expect from the adoption process

Adoptions at the SHSVisit SHS and get to know an animal who is available for adoption. We have get acquainted rooms and a fenced area outside where you can spend some time with the pet of your choice.

Complete a short online adoption application or print out our application and bring it with you.  This paperwork includes a few simple questions, and requires proof of identity. This is simply to protect the health of adopted animals as well as any pets you already have at home. You can speed up this process by bringing in records of your pets' vaccination history.

Have a counseling session with a member of our staff who will explain all the benefits of adopting from the SHS. You can ask your counselor any questions about our post adoption veterinary services, and anything else you might wish to know.

Sign an adoption contract and pay the adoption fee, which helps to offset the cost of the services provided to you and your new pet.

Take your new best friend home!

What is included in the adoption fee for a dog/puppy?

  • Margo is an SHS Alum!Spay or neuter surgery
  • Heartworm test (dogs over 6 months) - Heartworm prevention must also be purchased at time of adoption. We offer 1 month up to a year.
  • Initial vaccination for protection against parvovirus, distemper and other diseases
  • Bordetella vaccination for protection against kennel cough
  • Rabies vaccination if the pet is four months of age or more (a rabies vaccination voucher is issued for pets under 4 months old) 
  • One treatment for fleas; additional, inexpensive Frontline flea and tick products are available for purchase at the SHS Save-A-Pet Store
  • Permanent microchip identification including owner registration and ID tag
  • One free post adoption health exam at the SHS Veterinary Clinic or some area veterinary clinics
  • One month free pet health insurance
  • Pet Care DVD
  • If your adopted pet has minor medical problems, the SHS provides affordable veterinary services to help you get your new friend healthy again
  • Meet some of our dogs awaiting adoption.

What is included in the adoption fee for a kitten/cat?

  • Sola - SHS Alum!Spay or neuter surgery
  • Initial vaccination against distemper and other diseases
  • Rabies vaccination if the pet is four months of age or more (a rabies vaccination voucher is issued for pets under 4 months old)
  • One flea treatment.
  • Permanent microchip identification including owner registration and ID tag
  • One free post adoption health exam at the SHS Veterinary Clinic or some area veterinary clinics
  • One month of free pet health insurance
  • Pet Care DVD
  • If your adopted pet has minor medical problems, the SHS provides affordable veterinary services to help you get your new friend healthy again
  • Meet some of our cats awaiting adoption.

Small animal adoptions

All Rabbits Are Spayed or Neutered Before Going Home!Many people think the Spartanburg Humane Society only handles dogs and cats but that isn't the case.  In the last two years we have provided shelter and care to over 1,000 animals of other species.

Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets, reptiles, birds or even fish -- we are here for every animal who needs us.   If you are looking for a pet like this, we hope you will agree that adoption is the only option!

Adoption fees and procedures vary by species, feel free to contact our adoption department if you have a question about adopting one of these animals.

Meet our small and furry animals awaiting adoption.

Large animal adoptions

FredaFrom time to time, large animal and farm animal species, including horses, goats, cows and pigs also need the help of the Spartanburg Humane Society.

The procedures may be a little different, but the mission is the same -- just like dogs, cats, and smaller critters, these animals also deserve a second chance.

Adoption fees and procedures vary by species, feel free to contact our adoption department if you have a question about adopting one of these animals.

Meet our large animals awaiting adoption.