Adoption policies and procedures


HSNEI is a non-profit organization that rescues and shelters homeless cats and dogs until they can be adopted into their “forever” homes. Adopting an animal is a lifetime responsibility and commitment to that animal.


  • HSNEI advocates for spaying/neutering of all companion animals, and for the humane treatment and care of all animals.


  • Adoption fees range from $30.00-$75.00 for cats and $100.00-$250.00 for dogs depending on the age and gender of the animal. These adoption fees only partially cover the veterinary expenses and housing costs for the animals. To enable you to take home an unaltered animal, we offer the Foster to Adopt program (explained below). The entire adoption fee is due as a deposit when taking home an animal.


  • After submitting an application there is a processing period in order to complete all pre-adoption checks before an adopter may take an animal home. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged within 24-48 hours when submitted online. Applications are held valid for one year after acceptance. If you do not receive this acceptance email, please make sure to check your junk or spam folders. 

  • Potential adoptive families will be allowed to meet foster animals only after an adoption application has been completed and approved. The entire adoptive family is strongly encouraged to meet the animal before adoption in the case of canine adoptions. 

  • Please note that HSNEI will not hold any animal for any potential adopter. Our mission is to place cats and dogs into a home as soon as possible. It is unfair to the animals to keep them in the shelter longer than they have to be.  

  • An individual must be 21 years old to apply to adopt an animal from HSNEI, with exceptions at the discretion of staff.

Foster to Adopt Program

  • HSNEI is pleased to offer the Foster to Adopt program. Adopters are allowed to take an animal home the same day as the Meet and Greet, if they have an approved application. The animal will not be available to anyone else while you are fostering. The entire adoption fee is due at this time as a deposit. Adopters may take the cat or dog home to make sure it's good fit for them and their family. Generally we allow two weeks, but more time can be allowed with communication with shelter staff. For more information please email or call (563) 382-0500

  • Foster to Adopt animals have had their rabies shot but may not be fully vaccinated. Adopters must understand the animals have to be returned to HSNEI or a prior approved veterinarian to finish these vaccinations. This is also the case for the alteration surgery - HSNEI must have proof of spay or neuter for our licensing records. If the animal is not altered there is an additional deposit required prior to going home and will be refunded when proof of alteration is received by HSNEI. If proof of alteration is not received within 6 months of taking the animal home, the deposit is forfeited to HSNEI.

  • If the animal is taken to an adopter's personal veterinarian for any reason, HSNEI is not required to pay for those services unless agreed upon with HSNEI staff. 

  • HSNEI makes all reasonable efforts to identify any medical or behavioral issues related to the animals in our care but CANNOT guarantee the health and/or temperament of any animal.


  • If there is ever an emergency with your Foster to Adopt animal please leave a voicemail, email the shelter staff, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. The phones automatically go to voicemail on Sunday and Monday to allow a "weekend" for shelter staff.