PAWS has an assortment of wonderful cats and dogs available for adoption. Our goal as adoption advisors is to help you find a companion who suits your household, lifestyle and personality.

Visit the animals in person

Once you have checked out some of the animals for adoption on our website, we encourage you to visit in person. View the hours and directions to PAWS’ shelter in Lynnwood or to Cat City in Seattle’s University District. Please remember that animals are adopted every day, therefore we cannot guarantee animals seen on our website will still be available when you arrive. 

Starting the process

Whether you have a particular animal in mind or would like to find out which animals would be recommended for you, we ask that you complete an ASPCA® Meet Your Match™ adoption survey. The survey is a tool we use to find what you are looking for in a companion animal. Filling out a survey and meeting with an adoption advisor is the first step of the adoption process. The survey can be completed and reviewed with our adoption advisors during your visit, or to save time, you can print and complete a survey below and bring it with you.

Download the Dog Adopter Survey (PDF)

Download the Cat Adopter Survey (PDF)

Making a match

When you arrive at the shelter, meet with one of our adoption advisors so they can get to know you and your preferences. They will work with you to find possible adoption matches. When we find a potential match and you have reviewed the animal’s information, we’ll arrange for you to visit with the animal. If you have just started the process of looking for a new pet, we may recommend that you visit with a few animals.

The adoption visit

Adoption visits are done in designated visit areas and typically last from 15 to 30 minutes. You may have to wait for a visit area or staff person to be available, and we appreciate your patience while other adopters complete their visits.

Adoptions and adoption visits end 30 minutes before close, depending on available staff and visit areas, so please plan to arrive at least one hour before closing if you plan to visit with the animals. Animals cannot be placed on hold unless a successful adoption counseling session has been completed.

Please note that if you have dogs at home, they must successfully meet the dog you’re considering before completing the adoption.

Adoptions at PAWS Cat City

At PAWS Cat City, you will have the opportunity to interact with many cats during your visit, as they live in a group setting. The Cat City staff and volunteers can guide you through the visit process as you meet a variety of feline friends waiting for their new home.

Completing the adoption process

If your visit was a success, we will complete the adoption paperwork. Adopters must be 18 years or older, have a valid driver’s license or picture ID, provide payment, and are required to sign the adoption contract.

PAWS reserves the right to approve all adoptions, as we are committed to the welfare of the animals in our care, as well as meeting your personal needs. We thank you for your cooperation.

PAWS cannot be responsible for veterinary bills or treatment of an animal after leaving our shelter. State law restricts shelters from providing general veterinary services to privately owned animals.

PAWS' standard adoption fees

  • Young dogs (2-11 months) $225
  • Adult dogs (1-6 years) $150
  • Senior dogs (7 years and older) $75
  • Young cats (2-11 months) $125
  • Adult cats (1-6 years) $75
  • Senior cats (7 years and older) $50 
  • Two young cats (adopted on the same day) $225
  • One adult cat and one young cat (adopted on the same day) $200
  • Two adult cats (adopted on the same day) $100

Note: Adoption fees are payable by cash or credit card. Fees for individual or high-interest animals may vary. Please see below.

What's included in adoption fees

  • Spay or neuter surgery and a microchip
  • De-worming and first set of vaccinations
  • Veterinary wellness examination
  • Pet care counseling
  • Post adoption support
  • Access to online library of care and training resources
  • Temporary collar and slip leash for dogs
  • Collar and cardboard carrier for cats
  • Feline leukemia test for cats

Discounts for seniors

The PAWS Seniors for Seniors program offers a special reduced adoption fee of $35 to help seniors who are living on a fixed income. The program places senior cats and dogs (typically over 7 years of age) with qualified senior citizens who are 60 years of age or older.

Pet Request Program

Looking for a specific cat or dog but didn't find one available for adoption? Want to add a puppy or kitten to your household? Then the PAWS Pet Request program may be just what you need to find that perfect match.

To get started, simply fill out a cat or dog Adopter Survey and then fax the document to the attention of the PAWS Adoption Staff at 425-742-5711, or email it to with the subject line of “pet request". One of our adoption counselors will contact you to discuss what you're looking for in your next companion animal.

You can also come into the PAWS shelter or PAWS Cat City to fill out an adoption survey and meet with an adoption counselor in person.

PAWS adoption staff will contact you to schedule an adoption appointment when we find a potential match.

If it doesn't work out, remember, PAWS always has many other wonderful dogs and cats awaiting a new home who could be a perfect fit for you.

PAWS reserves the right to approve all adoptions, as we are committed to the welfare of the animals in our care as well as meeting your personal needs. Adoptions and one-on-one visits with animals end 30 minutes before closing.