Our Adoption Process

At Beartooth Humane Alliance, everything we do is in the best interest of the animals in our care. Our goal is to give them the best possible chance of finding permanent, caring homes.

  • We  ask you to answer questions and complete our adoption application. We’re not just being nosy! Some of our dogs and cats would be good with kids, or other pets, or appropriate for first-time pet owners. Others may have special needs or may be more appropriate for an experienced pet owner. Some dogs are housetrained and others are not. The questions we ask enable us to better assist you with matching your needs and desires in a pet with the needs of our available animals.

  • We may not have a pet that is suitable for you at this time. Please stay in touch with us, because we will receive new animals all the time.

  • If you live in a town, please note that some towns do not allow you to let your dog run loose, and in some instances, we will require that you have a fenced yard.


  • Our adoption counselor will fill you in on the history and needs of the animal(s) you are interested in. Please ask any questions you may have concerning that pet or pet care in general– housetraining, obedience training, veterinary care, cats and their claws, how to deal with fleas and ticks, and anything else you can think of!

  • If you decide you’d like to adopt one of our pets, meet our requirements, and are approved for adoption, we will set up a convenient time for you to meet the animal.  Please take all the time you need to determine if this is the perfect pet for you!  It’s a big commitment!

  • When you pick up your pet, you will be asked to fill out and sign an adoption contract and pay the adoption fee:
    • The contract explains our requirements and gives you another chance to consider the adoption. We want adoptions to succeed because it’s very hard on an animal to go to a home and then be returned to us (although we will always take back a pet that doesn’t work out).
    • The adoption fee helps us pay the daily and medical costs of taking care of the animals in our care.