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Adoption Overview

Pets like us are waiting to meet you and find forever homes
You’re off to a great start looking for your next best friend at Delaware Humane Association!

Are you ready to adopt a pet? Here are a few things you should know about adopting a cat or dog from our animal shelter and adoption center:

paw print icon DHA is a no kill shelter; we do not euthanize to make room for more animals. Our intake policy is based on a behavioral and health evaluation of each animal, which must be scheduled in advance for owner-surrendered pets.
paw print icon DHA has up to 30 dogs and over 80 cats available for adoption at any given time. You can view our available pets online or visit them in person at our A Street facility in the Riverfront area of Wilmington, DE.
paw print icon We also place one or more adoptable animals at local area satellite adoption centers and have frequent off-site adoption events.
paw print icon All pets available for adoption are spayed and neutered, tested for FIV/FeLV (cats) or heartworms (dogs), vaccinated, microchipped, examined by a veterinarian, socialized/exercised daily, and loved!
paw print icon Our trained staff will be happy to help you find the best pet match for your family, and
paw print icon We encourage you to review our adoption process and print an adoption application online to fill out in advance of your visit.
paw print icon Adoption fees vary based on type of pet and age. Discounts are available for senior citizens, veterans and military service members, and adopters of special needs animals.
paw print icon Out-of-state adopters are welcome, but you must come meet the animal you are interested in adopting.
paw print icon We offer positive reinforcement dog training classes to help set you and your pet up for success.
paw print icon DHA's adoption counselors are available to you by phone, free of charge, for the life of your adopted pet. We also have an extensive Adopter Resource Library online with great information for new pet owners.
paw print icon We're proud of our adoption success stories!

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