Adoption Policies

We at the
Nashville Humane Association
are proud to have placed
3077 companion pets
into homes so far in 2014!

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Adoption Process
The adoption process at NHA is friendly, educational and rewarding!  Animals come to us looking for a forever home, and we make certain to give them their best shot.  All animals in our Adoption Program, while at NHA, receive spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, and veterinary treatment.  And of course, lots of love!

Now, it’s your turn to love them forever.  Noticing that we use the word “forever” a lot?  Well, it is really important to us that our pets find a permanent home!  Therefore, adoption applicants are carefully screened and must meet adoption requirements prior to taking their new furry friend home.

Adoption Requirements:

  • The knowledge and consent of your landlord (if applicable)
  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • A picture I.D. showing your present address
  • Be able and willing to spend time and money necessary to provide training, medical treatment, and proper care for a pet
  • Not have utilized the NHA Pet Food Bank in the past 6 months

A lot less scary than a pop quiz, right?  Well, here comes the hard part.  Now you must meet our wonderful cats and dogs and try to pick just one!  We also suggest visiting the available pets at the shelter.  If you are having difficulty identifying just one pet, advice from our Pet Service Representatives and a Meet & Greet between family (including those with four-legs) and pet will help you determine which animal will best accept your lifestyle. 

The next step is to fill out an Adoption Application. After the staff reviews and approves your application, it's on to signing the adoption contract, paying the fee, and taking your new lucky cat or dog home! 
Important: The Nashville Humane Association reserves the right to refuse adoption to anyone. No animal will be adopted to prospective owners who mislead or fail to provide accurate information on the application. 

Adoption Fees
Regular Fees for adoption will range from $45 to $160. Fees are based on breed, size, age, etc., so there may be some breeds that have an additional fee added to their regular adoption fee. However, the value is priceless as the fee includes spay/neuter (All animals are spayed or neutered before leaving NHA!), vaccinations, and veterinary treatment received at the shelter.  

Thanks to a grant from the Pets for the Elderly Foundation people age 60 and over may adopt a cat or a dog (1 year or older) for free! Some restrictions may apply.