If you are interested in adopting any of our pets,
- First read all the Articles in
the "Adopt a Pet" section of the
- Download and read the Adoption
Application and Agreement..
- Fill in the Adoption Application
- Contact HSMV by telephone or eMail.
- HSMV will give you more information
about the pet you are interested
in & discuss any special needs
involved with the pet and your ability/willingness
to provide them.
- HSMV will arrange for you to meet
- If all goes well, HSMV will assist
you with the Adoption Process and
completion of the Adoption Agreement.
- Click on the link below to download
the Adoption Application Form to
print, fill in & mail to HSMV:
You can also download the Adoption Agreement for Dogs or Cats
to review prior to adoption by clicking
on following links:
Should I Adopt a Pet?
Responsible people will consider these
questions BEFORE bringing a pet into their home.
• How long will this pet live? Am I willing to take care
of it for its lifetime?
One should never adopt an animal "for
the child." Children grow up and get involved in other interests,
and then move away from home, and the family is left with the
responsibility of caring for the pet. Adopt a pet as a family
• How much time per day, per week, per month is involved in the pet’s
care? Do I have time to meet basic physical and emotional needs?
if a dog will just be left outside with no companionship and little play time,
please do not adopt! Dogs are "pack" animals, and need interaction with their
own kinds and with humans, on a regular sustained basis.
• Does this pet need special care or special foods? What if this type
of situation develops later on? Can I spend the time and money needed to care
• How much will food, veterinary bills, grooming, and supplies cost? Can
I afford that? For how long?
• Do I have the space for the pet to be happy?
This means indoor and/or
outdoor exercise space for dogs, and an interactive, fun space for cats.
• Is this pet good with children? Does it have an even temperament?
• Is it a good pet for children to care for? Is it too small or too big
for the children?
Perhaps fish or a gerbil or hamster would be better than
a dog or cat.
• Can our whole family be consistent, patient and kind during training
Consistency is difficult for young children, and can sabotage the best
adult training in a short time. Very young children should never be left alone
with any pet.
• Does my family travel a lot? Who would care for my pet? Do I have a
responsible neighbor or family member that could help? Are the really reliable?
If you’re gone a lot, you’re better off helping your local humane
society by fostering an animal temporarily, or even walking a dog or playing
with cats that are being fostered by others.
Basic Adoption Requirements
• Adopters, if they do not own their own home, must have the written permission
of their landlord to have a pet.
• Adoption application must be filled out.
• For all dogs, HSMV requires potential adopters to have an outside enclosure
or fenced yard.
• You must be willing to keep a collar and identity tags or a microchip
on the dog/cat.
• You must be willing to provide proper veterinarian care and keep up
on the animal’s vaccinations, and be willing to spay/neuter the animal
if not already done.
• If you do not live in the Moab area, we require two references – one
preferably from your local shelter or veterinarian.
• HSMV strongly disagrees with the practice of declawing and we will not
adopt cats out to people intending to declaw them.
Adoption Fees - What is Included?
$90.00 - Dogs/Puppies
$70.00 - Cats/Kittens
We offer senior discounts!
Fees include current vaccination, spay/neuter, microchip and a 30 day health insurance policy.
The Humane Society of Moab Valley provides a minimum of one 5-way
vaccine for dogs and one 3-way for cats as well as age appropriate
spay or neuter. If your new pet is under 4 months of age, one
or two more vaccinations in the puppy/kitten series may still
Please note that HSMV will not pay
for 3-way or 5-way vaccinations at a veterinarian's. All other
vaccinations, tests and medications are the responsibility of
the new owner. Depending on the circumstances and age of your
new pet, the Rabies Vaccination may already have been given. If
this is the case you will receive the Rabies Certificate with
the adoption papers so you know when the next vaccination is due.
Dogs and puppies:
6-8 weeks and over should receive (approximately 3-4 weeks apart):
5-Way Series (3 times):
Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Adenovirus (DHPPA).
Recommended 16-24 weeks, a few weeks after the puppy series is completed.
Inoculation (vs. intra nasal) annually, particularly if they are going to
Cats and kittens:
6-8 weeks and over should receive (approximately 4 weeks apart):
3-Way Series (3 times):
Feline Rhinotracheitis-Calici – Panleukopenia Vaccine.
Recommended 4 weeks after the kitten series is completed.
Grand County requires Rabies vaccines every 2 years for dogs and cats.
HSMV DOES NOT TEST OR VACCINATE FOR:
HSMV recommends that new owners have their dogs tested and use
preventative medication to protect from heartworm. HSMV does not test or medicate
dogs for heartworm.
CATS: Feline Leukemia Virus
HSMV recommends that new owners test and vaccinate their cats
for Feline Leukemia. HSMV does not test or vaccinate for Feline Leukemia.
Adoption paperwork and fee are taken in advance as a deposit during overnight
or test period time frames. If the pet is not a good match, the deposit is
returned upon return of the pet.
1. HSMV allows prospective adopters to foster the dog they are interested in
for up to two weeks. This period should be sufficient to allow both the family
and the animal to adjust to the new situation. After this foster period, owner
will contact HSMV to solidify animal placement.
2. It is the owner’s responsibility to call and inform us of any behavioral
problems so that we may propose solutions before they consider returning the
animal. Most issues with new pets can be resolved with a little training and
work. Owners need to develop skills to communicate effectively with their new
3) After first 30 days there is a surrender fee of $25.00.
4) Within the first 12 mo. of adoption date, HSMV will make every effort to
take physical possession of the animal, but need at least two weeks notice
to locate a foster home. If one is not available, owners will need to home
foster the pet.
5) After the first 12 months the pet is the full responsibility of the adoptive
owner/parent. HSMV will help the owner through the re-adoption process if fosters
are available. Owners may be required to home foster pets if HSMV foster homes