Humane Society Of Weld County

Evans, Colorado

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About Weld County Humane Society

Founded in 1961, Humane Society Of Weld County opened the doors to its new facility in September 1999. They’re the only non-profit animal shelter in Weld County and provide care and housing to over 4,000 homeless and unwanted pets annually.

Most of the animals that come to the shelter are dogs or cats, but they also take in rabbits, ferrets, and guinea pigs. The society's priority is to adopt out healthy and behaviorally sound animals into caring homes in the community. Weld County Humane Society is always looking for more people to come on board as volunteers and foster carers. In their “Once-A-Paws-A-Time” program, children earn prizes and enhance their reading skills while reading to the animals. The furry friends receive the love and attention they crave while providing children with hours of fun, entertainment, and affection.

Contact Info

1620 42nd St
(970) 506-9550

Hours of Operation

Mon - Fri: 12:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat - Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Adoption Process

With lots of lovable and adoptable animals just waiting to meet you and become your lifelong companion, Weld County Humane Society has a straightforward adoption process:

  1. Complete an adoption profile indicating which animal you’re interested in adopting.
  2. Once you’ve chosen an animal, kennel technicians will meet with you and the pet you’ve selected in one of the “Get Acquainted Areas” for some social time and interaction.
  3. The kennel technician will discuss any past experiences you or a family member has had with animals and any current animals in your home. They’ll chat about your lifestyle, the kinds of activities you enjoy, and your housing situation (rent, own, the size of your yard, etc.). The adoption of a companion animal is a commitment for life, and they want to make sure the match is perfect!
  4. ​Once you’ve found your ideal pet, a customer service representative will go over the animal’s history while at the shelter, including medical information.
  5. Need more time to decide if a pet is a good fit for you? No problem! You can place an      animal on hold for 24 hours for $50.  This fee goes towards the final adoption price but is non-refundable in the event you decide to pass. Holds can be made in person or over the phone.
  6. Made your final decision? Bring any current family dogs to the facility for a meet and greet with their new pal.
  7. Sign a contract outlining the responsibilities of pet ownership and pay the applicable fee. The adoption fees help to offset the cost of the evaluation, housing, feeding,      and medical care for the thousands of animals who need help every year. It costs the shelter about $25 per day to care for each animal.
  8. Head home with your new furrever companion.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Weld County Humane Society are as follows:


  • Adults/puppies: $100-$800


  • Adults/kittens: $75-$200

Small Animals

  • Small mammals: $25-$50

Discount Programs

  • Senior citizens (60+ years): 10% discount
  • Military service personnel: 15% discount

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, a medical examination for general good health, preliminary vaccinations, deworming, rabies vaccination when age-appropriate, microchipping, a post-adoption medical exam, and free pet health insurance for 30 days.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Humane Society Of Weld County
directly using the contact info above.

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