How to Adopt

Puppy Adoption Process (Virtual Only)

Our puppy adoption process is currently virtual and by appointment only. Follow our easy steps to bring home a new pet to keep you company during this challenging time!

1. Schedule a virtual adoption appointment. New appointments will be released daily for the same day of appointments, based on the puppies we have available. If no appointments are available, please check back.

Schedule an Appointment

2. Meet your match(es)! During your virtual video appointment, you’ll get to “meet” available puppies you’re interested in via a video call and learn more about them. Since new animals are made available daily, we recommend checking the list of available animals 30 minutes before your appointment time.

3. Let the experts help you! If you’re ready to adopt, an adoption counselor will walk you through more information on how to set your new puppy up for success, and help you complete all paperwork and payment digitally.

4. Let’s go home, buddy! At the end of your appointment, your adoption counselor will set a time for you to come pick up your puppy at our Milpitas Animal Community Center (no later than the next day). All puppies must leave with a collar. It’s required that you wear a mask when you come to pick up your new buddy.

5. Send us pics! We would love to see photos of your new pet settling into your home.

Rabbit sign-up

Pocket pet sign-up

Adult Dog Adoption Process (In-Person)

In-person adoptions for adult dogs (6+ months) are open at our Milpitas ACC from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. daily. Please note that masks are required to enter our building and we will be limiting the number of visitors allowed in at one time for the safety of our staff, volunteers, and customers. Plan in advance, there will likely be a wait to get into the building, especially on weekends. Follow these easy steps to bring home your new dog:

1. Visit us! Come to our Milpitas Animal Community Center (ACC) between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. any day of the week.

2. Check in using our no-contact check-in process by scanning the QR code on the sign outside our Adoptions lobby. Once you have signed in, you’ll be able to refer back to the sign-in page to check your spot in line. While you wait, be sure to check out the dogs currently available by visiting our website.

3. Get notified! You will receive a text 30 minutes before we are ready for you to come in. Once it’s your turn to enter, you will receive another text letting you know it’s time!

4. Meet your match(es)! Come to our Adoptions lobby and our staff and volunteers will introduce you to up to two adult dogs.

5. Let’s go home, buddy! If you’re ready to adopt, an adoption counselor will walk you through more information on how to set your new pet up for success, and help you complete all paperwork and payment. Your new pet will be ready to go home the same day! Please note that all adult dogs must leave on a leash and collar, which may be purchased during your visit if you do not already have one.

6. Send us pics! We would love to see photos of your new dog settling into your home.

Cat/Kitten Adoption Process (In-Person)

In-person adoptions for cats and kittens are open at our Milpitas ACC from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Please note that masks are required to enter our building and we will be limiting the number of visitors allowed in at one time for the safety of our staff, volunteers, and customers. Plan in advance, there will likely be a wait to get into the building, especially on weekends. Follow these easy steps to bring home your new pet:

1. Visit us! Come to our Milpitas Animal Community Center (ACC) between 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. any day of the week.

2. Check in using our no-contact check-in process by scanning the QR code on the sign outside our Adoptions lobby. Once you have signed in, you’ll be able to refer back to the sign-in page to check your spot in line. While you wait, be sure to check out the cats and kittens currently available by visiting our website.

3. Get notified! You will receive a text 30 minutes before we are ready for you to come in. Once it’s your turn to enter, you will receive another text letting you know it’s time!

4. Meet your match(es)! Come to our Adoptions lobby and our staff and volunteers will allow you 30 minutes to meet up to 3 rooms of cats/kittens of your choice.

5. Let’s go home, buddy! If you’re ready to adopt, an adoption counselor will walk you through more information on how to set your new pet up for success, and help you complete all paperwork and payment. Your new pet will be ready to go home the same day! Please note that all cats and kittens must leave in a secure carrier, which may be purchased during your visit if you do not already have one.

6. Send us pics! We would love to see photos of your new pet settling into your home.

 

Check out our adoption guides:

Cat & Kitten Adoption Guide Dog & Puppy Adoption Guide Rabbit Adoption Guide

Diamond in the Ruff In-Person Adoption Process

Check out our available Diamond in the Ruff animals below! Animals available through our Diamond in the Ruff program may have specific needs or environments. Follow the steps below to sign up to adopt a Diamond in the Ruff animal:

  1. Browse the list of available Diamond in the Ruff animals.
  2. Visit the animal’s profile to learn more details about them and see if they might be a fit for your household
  3. Fill out the form via the link in the animal’s profile and request to meet them.
  4. Meet the animal! Our adoption staff will follow up in a few days to provide more information and set up an in-person appointment to meet the animal. It’s required that you wear a mask to your appointment.
  5. Let the experts help you! If you’re ready to adopt after your appointment, an adoption counselor will walk you through more information on how to set your new pet up for success, and help you complete all paperwork and payment.
  6. Take home your new pal! At the end of your appointment, take home your new buddy! All animals must leave with a collar or in a secure carrier.

Please note that the Diamond in the Ruff form can only be used to sign up to meet available Diamond in the Ruff animals. If you fill out the Diamond in the Ruff form and request to meet an animal that is not part of our Diamond in the Ruff program, you will not receive an appointment to meet that animal.

Available Diamond in the Ruff Animals

Adoption Fees

*Please note that we are not allowing holds while our virtual adoption process is in place.*

 SingleEach additional
Dog$175$100
Puppy$375$375
Cat$175$100
Kitten$175$100
6+ Club for Felines$75$75
Garden Cats$10$10
Rabbit$70$40
Guinea Pig$30$10
Rat$20$10
Hamster$20$20

Ongoing Special Adoption Fees

When you adopt a mother cat, you can also take home one of her kittens at no additional cost. Mom and baby will keep each other company, and mom will continue to mentor her kitten in all ways cat.

Make an impact for an animal in need

Did you know that you can sponsor the adoption fees for a needy animal? Heather and Matt Robbins adopted Abby from HSSV, and regularly come to our Milpitas Animal Community Center to sponsor the care and adoptions for animals that need it most.

Benefits Of A HSSV Adoption

Starting with excellent matchmaking services from our adoption counselors, an HSSV adoption includes:

  1. Spay/Neuter surgery
  2. All necessary vaccines appropriate for the animal’s age and routine deworming
  3. Home Again Microchip with life-time registration
  4. Sponsored veterinary visit and select aftercare discount through one of our partners
  5. Expert tips on pet care and training, including free behavior advice for the lifetime of the animal from a behavior specialist
  6. Post Adoption advice as your new pet adjusts to the home
  7. All our animals have been examined by veterinary staff and received a behavior assessment

The Cost Comparison Of Adopted Animal Vs. A “Free Pet”

A free pet may seem like a great deal, but pet care costs add up quickly. For a better value, adopt from Humane Society Silicon Valley, where adoptions include a full array of services to keep your new companion safe and healthy.

Adoption Locations

Meet adoptable animals at any of our locations! To see the animals available at each location or in foster homes, visit the links below:

Milpitas Animal Community Center | Petco West San Jose Neighborhood Adoption Center | Petco Sunnyvale Neighborhood Adoption Center | Animals Available in Foster

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Rian The Remarkable

Happy Tails! Raymond (now Rian) is absolutely thriving in his new home. He needed a leg amputation surgery and was cared for by our amazing medical team thanks to donations from our community. Now, he’s busy chasing squirrels and playing with his new family.

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Leo The Lion King

Happy Tails! Bruno (now Leo) has become the Lion King of his new home after being adopted in mid-February. He’s turned out to be a perfect fit for his new family and often chases them around asking to be petted with a very vocal and charming meow-purr.

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Lily The Lover

Happy Tails! Sadie (now Lily) was adopted last October and has transformed from a shy, unsure pooch to a playful, affectionate dog. Her new family couldn’t love her more. Just look at that smile!

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