*Adoption applications are currently being processed online, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please review the shelter animals currently available for adoption at our Carson City Shelter by clicking on the type of animal you are interested in below. If you find an Adorable Adoptable you think would be a good fit for your home, complete and submit an adoption application. If yours is the first application received for that pet, a member of our team will contact you to schedule an appointment for you to finalize your adoption and pick up your pet within 24-72 hours.
Please note that we are not able to place animals on hold at this time. Animals will be sent to happy new homes on a first come, first serve basis.
ALL shelter animals with URGENT NEED noted in their descriptions are available for immediate Emergency Foster or Adoption. You can help these shelter pets today by contacting the NHS team member noted in the animal’s description.
Dogs & Puppies
Cats & Kittens
Please Click to Read our Adoption Policies
Our adoption policies are designed to ensure a happy, successful placement.
Residency: You must provide identification showing your current physical address. You do not need to be a resident of Washoe County or Carson City to adopt.
Mandatory Spaying/Neutering: All of our dogs and cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before they go home. Rabbits are also spayed or neutered.
Animals may not be adopted as gifts: The animal must be chosen and adopted by the person/family who will be responsible for the pet, and who understands that providing proper care for the animal is part of adoption. However, a gift certificate for a pet adoption is a great way to give the love of a pet and allows the person to still bond with someone, therefore choosing their own pet!
Want a “mouser” or “barn cat”? We have a special program that can help match you up with feral cats in need of homes.
If you rent, we may need to check with your landlord: Many of our pets are brought in because of lack of landlord approval, so we try to minimize this happening for everyone involved.