Chesapeake Humane Society has many adoptable pets looking for their forever homes. Our cats are free-roaming within the Adoption Center so it’s easy to drop by to see their personalities. Most of our dogs reside in our Adoption Center, while some reside in loving foster homes; please read their bios to see where they are located. Scroll down to view our adoptable pets.

Our adoption fees (listed below) help to cover a fraction of the cost of providing food, shelter, and veterinary care for our adoptable pets. CHS does not profit from these adoption fees.

Kittens (Less than 1 year): $150, Cats: $75, Cats 10 years of age and older: $50 – includes spay/neuter, rabies vaccine and FVRCP vaccine appropriate to age, FIV/FeLV combo test, senior bloodwork for cats 10+, ProBNP for cats if a heart murmur is detected, de-worming, flea/tick treatment, microchip and registration, and veterinary exam.

Puppies (Less than 1 year): $225, Dogs: $175, Dogs 10 years of age and older: $100 – includes spay/neuter, rabies vaccine, DHPP vaccine, and bordetella vaccine appropriate to age, senior bloodwork for dogs 10+, heartworm test and heartworm preventative (one month of heartworm preventive for dogs over 10 months of age), de-worming, flea/tick treatment, microchip and registration, and veterinary exam.

Rabbits: $50 – includes spay/neuter, microchip and registration, and veterinary exam.

Small Animals/Birds: Fee varies by species

Animals with special medical care – fees vary

Adoption Requirements:

    • Must be 18 years of age or older.
    • Agree not to declaw, crop ears, dock tail, or any other cosmetic procedures.
    • Agree that all cats will be kept only indoors.
    • Have all resident cats up to date on Rabies and all resident dogs up to date on Rabies, HW test, and HW preventative. If adopting a puppy, resident dogs must also be up to date on DHPP. If adopting a kitten, resident cats must be current on FVRCP.

Things to Consider Before Acquiring a New Pet:

    • Do you have the appropriate supplies for your new pet? (We can help with suggestions!)
    • Are you within the legal limit for the number of pets you can own in the city or jurisdiction you live in?
    • If you rent, know what pets you can have in your home.
      • How many are you allowed to have?
      • Are there weight or breed restrictions?
      • Do you have to pay a pet deposit and/or a monthly pet fee?

Applications are reviewed and considered in the order they are received. Once an adoption counselor reaches out via phone or email, applicants have 24 hours* to meet all adoption requirements and respond. After 24 hours*, the application becomes inactive and the next application is considered. If your application expires, it can be transferred to another adoptable pet at our shelter for consideration – you do not have to fill out another application.

* Pets in very high demand may have shorter timeframes which will be defined in their adoption profile. Pets in high demand may include litters of puppies or kittens, small dogs, and purebred pets.


1149 New Mill Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Sunday: 12pm – 4pm

*Masks are not required but respected.

How to Adopt a Pet

  • Step 1

    Determine the pet that is best for your lifestyle. Since your new pet will be with you for the rest of its life, this is an important commitment that should not be rushed! If needed, our adoption counselors are happy to guide you and help you find your perfect fit.

  • Step 2

    Select your pet and complete the adoption applicationFilling out an application does not obligate you to adopt. 

  • Step 3

    Once your application is approved, we will schedule any additional meet-and-greets (if needed).

  • Step 4

    Provide a loving new home for your new addition to the family!  We encourage you to keep in touch with us – we love receiving updates and if you ever need advice, we are here to help!

Current CHS Pets for Adoption

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Adoption Promotions

Double the Love
Adopt two adult cats and the second adoption fee is waived.

The Golden Years
Adopters 65+ years of age adopting a pet in their golden years will receive 50% off the adoption fee.

Pets for Patriots
Chespets-for-patriots-logoapeake Humane Society is a proud Pets for Patriots shelter partner. Pets for Patriots supports members of the military and shelter animals by reducing the overall costs of pet guardianship and providing ongoing support. This program serves pets that are two or more years old, are special needs, and/or weigh over 40 pounds. In addition to a $25 discount on the adoption fee and New Pet Kit, veterans receive program benefits through Pets for Patriots. Men and women at all stages of their military careers are eligible to participate.

Adoption Partners

Looking for other options?

Check out adoptable dogs, cats, and other critters from Chesapeake Animals Services. CHS works closely with Chesapeake Animal Services to promote adoption. They have many different types of cats, dogs, bunnies, ferrets and other pets available who are waiting to find loving homes!