Adoption Policies

Adoption Policies

All applicants must be 18 years old and provide a valid driver’s license.

We welcome adopters who rent, or live in an apartment or condo. We want to alert you that some landlords and management companies have size and breed restrictions, limits on numbers of pets, and/or require pet deposits or additional fees. Please be sure to check any restrictions that may apply prior to coming in to adopt.

Portsmouth Humane Society recommends that cats be kept indoors for their safety.

Virginia law requires that you provide adequate shelter, veterinary care, and daily food and water for a domestic animal. It also states that all cats and dogs released from adoption agencies must be spayed or neutered.

Portsmouth Humane Society reserves the right to decline any adoption application.


Adoptions for Military Service Members

We offer active duty and retired military service members 20% off adoption fees every day of the year as a token of our appreciation. Service members can use this benefit on the adoption of adult dogs, adult cats, and kittens. Thank you for your service!

Adoptions for Seniors

Our Pets for Seniors program encourages animal adoptions by senior citizens. Applicants 65 years or older are eligible for a 20% reduced adoption fee!

Owning and handling animals helps senior citizens live longer, healthier, and more enjoyable lives. Studies show that contact with animals can lower one’s blood pressure, decrease stress levels, lower cholesterol levels, and increase blood circulation.

Any senior citizen adopting any animal over 5 years of age will receive a 50% adoption discount.


Pets for Patriots

Portsmouth Humane is proud to announce our partnership with Pets for Patriots, enabling us to save pets and serve people through the honorable adoption of at-risk shelter animals by service and veteran members of the United States military.

Pets for Patriots supports adoptions of adult shelter pets, large dogs, and special needs animals—those most in need of a loving, forever home. To ease the financial costs associated with pet ownership, Pets for Patriots partners with veterinarians to deliver a minimum 10% discount for the life of the adopted pet’s care. Pets for Patriots provides access to additional cost reductions for pet basics such as food, toys, and essential supplies.

Click here for more information, or ask about the program when you visit the shelter!