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We’re excited you’ve decided to add a new family member! Adopting a pet has never been easier! Check out available pets through the links below. 

Frequently asked questions

What do I need to adopt?

We're so glad you're interested in adopting! Adopting a pet from our shelter has never been easier. Simply look at a live listing of all of the animals in our care at or If you see someone who catches your eye, head to the shelter as soon as possible. We can complete everything curbside. In order to be eligible for adoption, you'll need to be 18 years or older, have a government issued identification showing your current address, have the consent of the adults in your household, have the resources necessary to provide proper care for a pet, have the consent of your landlord, understand that HSH reserves the right to approve or deny your application, and understand that this application will be retained in our files. You will also need to sign a contract at the time of adoption. If you have specific questions, you can always contact us at 956-425-7297 or at

Can you reserve a dog or cat for me?

Our primary motivation is to matching families with homeless pets. While we cannot guarantee that someone will come in to adopt today, we can guarantee that an animal will arrive at our doors in need of help. For that reason, we complete adoptions on a first come, first serve basis, based on whoever physically arrives at the shelter interested in that animal first.

What is a stray hold?

"Stray Hold" is a term used to describe a time during which an animal may be physically at the shelter, but not yet available for adoption. This 72 hour period is reserved for animals that were found as strays, and works to ensure that if this pet does have a family, they are given ample time to come to the shelter and be reunited with him or her.

How much does it cost to adopt a pet? What comes included in my adoption?

At the moment, HSH does not have any set adoption fees on Cats, Kittens, Dogs, or Puppies over 6 months old. Adoption fees on these pets are "donation based" meaning you get to choose how much to donate toward the cost of their care. Puppies younger than 6 months old have a $100 adoption fee. During Puppy Power Hour, which is held every day from 3 PM to 4 PM, their adoption fees become donation based as well. All adopted pets go home up-to-date on age appropriate vaccinations, dewormed, on preventatives for fleas, ticks, and heartworms (if age appropriate), heartworm tested (if appropriate), microchipped, and either already spayed/neutered, or with an appointment to spay/neuter at no cost to you.

I submitted an application, now what?

All of our adoptions are completed on a first come, first serve basis. To adopt a pet that is physically in our shelter, simply head to the shelter and give us a call when you are outside. We can complete everything curbside. Don't forget your ID! For pets that are in foster homes, please submit an application and wait for a member of our team to reach out to you about setting up an appointment for a meet and greet. This will allow for the foster parent to bring the pet to the shelter for you to meet.

Can you tell me if a dog or cat is good with other pets or young children?

Many times, when an animal is brought to the Humane Society of Harlingen, they come with no notes, so we don't know much about them. Sometimes, when a pet has spent some time in a foster home, or if a previous owner shares such information, we know a little more about their background. In these cases, that information will be shared in the pets bio. Because health and safety are our higest priority, we do not typically perform pet-to-pet interactions. For this reason, we do not usually know this information. However, we do offer a foster-to-adopt program, which allows you to take a pet home on a trial basis to determine if this pet is a good match for you and your family. We are also happy to share resources on how to perform safe, slow, and supervised introductions to children and other pets.

What does "Foster-to-Adopt" mean?

Our "Foster-to-Adopt" program allows pets to be taken home on a "trial" basis to determine whether or not they are a good fit for your home and family. During this time, the pet is still considered to be in HSH custody and sent home on a foster basis. They are also still available for adoption should someone else decide to adopt them, in which case we'd give you a call to determine if you're going to move forward with the adoption, or to schedule the animal to be brought back to the shelter for a meet and greet with a potential adopter. At the end of the "Foster-to-Adopt" period (typically around 3 days), a member of our team will reach out to you to determine the next steps. A pet may also be sent home on a "Foster-to-Adopt" basis if they are too young to receive their initial vaccines, in which case they would be considered foster pets until they reach such age and we can process the adoption. Typically, puppies and kittens are not eligible for "Foster-to-Adopt" as they are adopted quickly.