COVID-19 UPDATE: Click Here for Current Adoption Procedures


Re-Opening Update:

Toledo Humane Society is tentatively planning on re-opening to the shelter to potential adopters as of Monday, February 1st, 2021. The health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors remains a top priority, and we are asking that visitors to the shelter abide by the following guidelines:

  • Do not visit the shelter in-person if you currently have COVID symptoms, or have been directly exposed to someone ill or COVID positive in the last 10 days.
  • Please wear a properly-fitted mask at all times when in the building, or when within 6 feet of another person on THS property.
  • Maintain 6 feet from other people/groups while inside the building or on THS property.
  • Only those planning on adopting within 24 hours will be permitted to walk through the shelter.
  • Families wishing only to visit or view the animals without the intention to adopt immediately will be asked to refrain from visiting in-person until they are ready to adopt, or until the next phase of re-opening.

Adoption Process:

Starting on Monday, February 1st, only those families that are prepared to adopt same-day or the next-day (within 24 hours) will be permitted to walk through public areas of the shelter in order to keep wait times low for families ready to adopt. Please read through the following on what to expect on the date of your adoption:

  • Visit our website at to view our current available pets to get an idea of the animals we have available prior to your visit, and ensure there may be a compatible pet.
  • Families will need to download/print and bring a completed Adoption Form with them prepared for adoption. If you are not able to print a copy in advance, you may obtain a blank form from our main entrance and fill out your form in your vehicle prior to entry. The person completing the adoption paperwork should be the primary caregiver for the new pet, and will need to be present at the time of the adoption (unless prior arrangements have been made).
  • Ensure that you have your driver’s license and payment (cash, check, or card) on the date of your adoption. You will be asked to provide a leash/collar for your new adult dog, and a travel carrier for any cat/kitten or small animal. These are also available for purchase at the shelter.
  • Ensure that you are not displaying symptoms of illness, and have not been exposed to a person that is ill or confirmed COVID positive within the last 10 days. Please wear a properly-fitted mask that completely covers your nose and mouth.
  • Maintain 6 feet social distancing from other people/groups at all times.
  • Due to limited visiting areas and social distancing, families requesting to meet/visit with adult dogs may be asked to visit outdoors. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
  • THS recommends that any children in the household should visit the shelter to ensure an appropriate match. You may bring your resident dog with you to meet a new potential dog, but please bring a friend/family member to hold the dog for you or stay in the car with the dog until paperwork is completed.
  • Adoptions will be expected to be completed the same-day. An adopter that has completed the adoption process may place a 24-hour-hold on a pet of their choice for an additional $20 (in addition to an adoption fee) in order to finalize the adoption and pick-up the next day.
  • THS will need to limit the number of people/groups in the building at the same time, and this may impact the time it takes to complete an adoption. You may be asked to wait in your vehicle until space is available. Please leave plenty of time to complete your adoption.
  • Curbside limited-contact appointments may still be requested. Email to start the curbside adoption process.
Adoption Form