Adoption FAQs

Q: What do I need to know before I visit the shelter?
  • **If you plan to adopt, please arrive 45 minutes prior to closing**
  • The public is not allowed into our kennels. We have pictures of our dogs in the office and on our website. If you are interested in adopting a dog, we will bring them to you.
  • We do not have a public restroom any longer due to it being our intake/cat hold. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
  • In order to keep our shelter grounds clean and safe, we cannot allow any use of tobacco, marijuana products, vaping or chewing on site (includes parking lots).

Q: How do I get to the shelter?

10601 SE Loop Road
McMinnville, OR  97128

Our shelter is located just off of Highway #18 at 10601 SE Loop Road, McMinnville, OR about 1/2 mile east of the McMinnville Airport and Evergreen Aviation Museum.  The shelter consists of 3 small red buildings and a barn with a chain-link fence around it.

Q: What are your Adoption Fees:

Adoption fees are donations that help support the care of animals at Homeward Bound Pets Humane Society. The fees help cover the medical care of the animals while they wait for a new home, as well as pay for food, litter, and daily care. Some animals have higher medical bills and need longer care before they are ready for adoption.  The fees are also a donation to help support the organization which allow them to continue their efforts to rescue and rehome pets.


Kittens (Up to 6 Months) – $125-$200
Youth (6 Months to 2 Years) – $100-$150
Adults (3-8 Years) – $75-$100
Seniors (8+ Years/Special Needs) – $55-$75


Puppies (Up to 6 months) – $400-$600
Youth (6 Months to 2 Years) – $250-$400
Adult (3-8 Years) – $100-$250
Seniors (8+ Years/Special Needs) – $100-$150

Q: What does it cost to get dogs and cats ready for adoption at HBPets?

A: The cost to get a pet ready for adoption varies depending on the condition of the animal received. All pets receive a well pet visit with the shelter veterinarian, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. The staff care for each animal daily which include, feed, water, litter and cleaning kennels and catteries. The adoption fee varies depending on if the pet is a dog (size/weight), puppy, cat, or kitten as the clinic fees vary. Therefore, the cost for care is $230.00 to $310.00 for the first month that the pet is with HBPets. If the animals need additional medication and or surgeries, the price of care increases plus the continued care by staff. The fee to adopt the animal stay the same!

Q: How long does the adoption process take?

A: The process takes about 30 minutes after you have picked an animal to adopt.

Q: What is involved in the adoption process?

A: We have an adoption application that you will fill out. If you are a renter we will need to call your landlord to get approval. If you can bring approval from your landlord that will speed up the process some.

Q: What do I need to bring along?

A: If you are a renter and can bring landlord approval that will help speed up the adoption process. If adopting a cat and you have a carrier, bring it along to transport your new family member home safely. If you do not have one, we sell reusable cardboard carriers for $5.00. You will need to bring any other dogs in your home to meet the dog you are considering for adoption to ensure they will get along. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard and Discover as forms of payment.

Q: What are my options if the cat or dog is not a good fit in my home?

A: If your newly adopted cat or dog is having trouble adjusting, please give the shelter a call at 503-472-0341 . We have many suggestions to help your new family member feel at home.

  • Obedience training
  • Pheromone Collars
  • Thunder Jacket
Q: Why do rescues charge a surrender fee?

A: Surrender fees apply when surrendering your pet. These fees help provide care, shelter, and food to your pet while they are in our care plus the services needed to get them ready for adoption. Surrender fees are listed at

The ASPCA estimates that every year, approximately 6.5 million companion animals arrive at local shelters. Animals arrive for a variety of reasons, strays, rescues, and surrenders. Homeward Bound Pets Humane Society helps our community dogs by kenneling and caring for those brought in by county Dog Control through the McMinnville Police Dept and Yamhill County Sheriff’s office. If dogs are not redeemed by their owners, the shelter and clinic get them ready for adoption. Good Samaritans bring in lost kitties in the county and if they do not get claimed by their owners, HBPets will get them ready for adoption as well.  We love helping our community and 83% of the HBPets animals are from Yamhill County. If there is a call for help by other rescues and the shelter has the space, animals have been brought in from other states during floods, fires, and other emergencies.