Goshen Humane Society Adoption Process

We now require that you are Pre-approved by filling out one of our Adoption Applications.

This application process is through and the links are on the Cat & Dog Pages and below.

Once approved, an appointment will be made to meet the cat or kitten you are interested in. We won’t be having anyone inside the shelter to browse/look at animals at this time that isn’t pre-approved. It is too high risk right now to do this.

When you fill out an application on PE, you can call the shelter at 845-294-3984 and leave a message that you have filled out an application. When one of our staff makes contact, please be prepared to answer questions.

Times are different right now and it is important that our staff stay healthy. Also, please understand the entire process can take up to 2 weeks which is already stated on the Pet Established website – hopefully less, but we’re asking that you be patient. Veterinary offices are overwhelmed and have limited hours, and vet references are part of the application process. An adoption will not happen over night. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Please call each of your references (Personal and Veterinarian) and let them know that someone from Goshen Humane Society will be calling to talk to them for a couple moments. This is important so that the adoption process can run smoothly and we can complete your application.

You must give your Veterinarian permission to talk to us, otherwise we can’t contact him/her.

Animals are rarely adopted on the same day, however sometimes cats are able to leave the same day if all your references are in order and have returned our calls. 

Dogs usually are not adopted on the same day, but in rare occasions sometimes. If you have another dog in your household, it is important that you make the time to do a “meet and greet” at the shelter, and bring any family members who might be a part of the adoption process.

This hopefully will make for a great adoption and happy family/pet. Thank you!

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees for cats & dogs are non-refundable after 72 hours. If you return a pet after this time frame, your adoption fee will be considered a donation to Goshen Humane Society.


Kittens $130.00

Cats $85.00

Senior Cats – $75.00

Pure Breeds – prices vary according to age/breed


Puppies $300.00 or more

Dogs – $140.00 and up (depending on size and age)

Senior Dogs – case by case basis

Pure Breeds – prices vary according to age/breed

Something to think about before adopting!

Adopting an animal requires long and careful thought. Whether you adopt a cat or a dog, it can take several weeks and longer for an animal to adjust to it’s new surroundings. Before making the decision to adopt from GHS, please thoroughly read the adoption application and remember that if your aren’t able to give your new pet the time it needs, think about adopting in the future when you can make the right commitment. Returning an animal to the shelter after several hours or a couple of days can have adverse affects on a shelter animal.

Unfortunately, too many animals are returned in a day or two because it “didn’t work out.” Adopting a cat, dog, kitten or puppy is a life long commitment. Please keep this in mind when you decide to “add” to your family! Making sure that the needs of your new pet are thought of first mean a happier animal!!