Adopt A Pet

NOTICE: Due to the steep increase of Delta variant Covid cases, we are conducting adoptions by appointment only at all adoption facilities. If you see an animal that you are interested in, please call our front desk at (360) 678-8901 for further information.

Animals at WAIF animal adoption facilities in Coupeville (dogs and cats), Freeland (cats only), Oak Harbor (cats only)  are either unclaimed strays or owned animals surrendered for adoption. All animals go through a set waiting period. In the case of stray animals, the waiting period, which is five days for Island County and for the city of Oak Harbor, allows the owner a chance to find their pet. If a surrendered animal, WAIF will endeavor to secure as much information on the animal as is possible. Regardless, whether a surrender or stray, the waiting period allows WAIF the opportunity to assess the animal for temperament and health and to ensure their suitability for adoption. Not all pets are approved for adoption. Please view our adoption guidelines if you are considering adoption of a WAIF shelter animal.

If you don’t find what you are looking for in a pet on our website, please call us at (360) 678-8901 about our private adoption list. This list includes dogs and cats that are not deemed suitable for a shelter environment. We offer this list as a free resource for private pet owners who are looking to rehome their own pets. These are not WAIF pets and WAIF bears no liability or responsibility. Potential adopters will work directly with private pet owners to conduct their own evaluations and adoptions.

Fee Schedule

All applicable fees are disclosed on the WAIF Fee Schedule. Primary fees break into two areas–adoption fees and medical fees. Fees subsidize the cost of care provided and do not cover that cost in its entirety. In fact, WAIF relies heavily on donations to supplement the cost of services. In addition to adoption and medical fees, license fees may also be required, and are dictated by the municipal ordinance which governs your place of residence.

Primary Fees

Dog Package

Adoption Fee

Dogs 8 years old and above $80
Dogs 7 years old and younger $125


Cat Package

Adoption Fee

Cats 8 years old and above $50
Cats 7 years old and younger $80

Adoption fee(s) for dogs and cats includes the following: Spay/Neuter if required, vet care at shelter as needed, most vaccinations, high quality diet while at shelter, worming, and flea treatment if necessary.

Supplemental Fees

Pet Package

Hold Fee

License Fee

Dogs $25 Varies by location*
Cats $25 City of Oak Harbor residents only*

The hold fee will be forfeited if the animal is not picked up within 24 hours.

*If you are located within the city limits of Oak Harbor, Coupeville, or Langley, please contact the city directly to purchase your dog license, as they administer their own programs.

What Our Fees Provide

Included in the medical fee are health care costs. No animal leaves the shelter until altered. The requirement that an animal is altered before leaving a WAIF shelter is intended to reduce pet overpopulation. All WAIF animals are vaccinated, unless there is a medically necessary reason this shouldn’t be done. Vaccinations may include Rabies (when a vet is available to administer the vaccine), Distemper, Parvo Virus, Parainfluenza and Adeno 2 (Hepatitis). You will receive a health record at time of adoption so you can make note of and pet’s vaccinations and health care treatments while under WAIF’s care.

If you have found a pet that has been determined to be adoptable, you will need to complete an Adoption Profile Form at WAIF adoption locations. WAIF staff  will review the completed form and evaluate the adoption from both yours and the pet’s perspective. We want to make sure we have a good match. If there is more than one person interested, the process will be treated on a first come, first serve basis. The first person with an approved application will be able to adopt the pet.

All cats and dogs are altered before leaving the shelter. When a cat is adopted, it must leave the shelter in a carrier. If you do not own a carrier, a cardboard carrier can be purchased at our facilities. All dogs must leave the shelter on a leash. If you do not own a leash, the shelter has them available for purchase.

Microchipped: All animals are microchipped prior to adoption using 911PetChip microchips. New adopters are responsible for registering their microchipped pets with their current contact information. Microchips are a good back-up plan for identifying lost pets as all pets should have collars with ID tags as well.

If you are planning to adopt a WAIF dog, and you already have dogs within your household, please be advised that before any adoption is finalized your dogs must be introduced to the WAIF dog at the shelter. This allows all dogs involved a chance to interact with each other to ensure a good fit in the home.

After the adoption, WAIF recommends that you make an appointment to take your new pet to your veterinarian within 48 hours. Participating area veterinarians will honor a free exam when shown proof of adoption (the adoption certificate). All appointments must be made within 48 hours of adoption to qualify. If your pet becomes ill or a medical condition is diagnosed, you can choose to treat the pet or return it to the shelter. We will provide a refund or exchange, if the requirements are met. If, for any other reason, the pet does not work out with your family, you can return it within fourteen days for a refund. We refund all fees.

We strongly recommend obedience training for all dogs and puppies. Obedience training will establish a foundation for your pet to become a well-behaved member of your family. One of the most important elements of responsible pet ownership is socializing your pet with people and other animals. There are countless web sites, videos and books to assist you in training and socialization.

Again, thank you for your interest in WAIF and our animals. We want your experience with our organization to be a positive one. Feel free to contact our offices if you have any questions or concerns at (360) 678-8900.