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 hshtx.org/dog or hshtx.org/cat. If you see someone who catches your eye, head to the shelter as soon as possible. We can complete everything curbside.
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.
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!
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.
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.