Our Adoption Process
We’re so excited that you’re considering adopting from Nashville Humane Association. We’re located at 213 Oceola Ave in West Nashville, near the intersection of White Bridge Road and Charlotte Pike, and are open from 10AM until 5PM TUE through SUN (closed Mondays). We’re also closed every TUE-THUR from 12-1PM for “Quiet Hour.” As a quick heads up, our adoption process takes about an hour, and all adoptions must be finalized on-site at the shelter, so if you’re planning to visit and adopt, be sure to make accommodations for time.
- Be 18 years of age or older
- A picture I.D. showing your present address
- The knowledge and consent of your landlord (if applicable)
- Ability to spend time/money necessary to provide training, medical treatment, and proper care for a pet
IMPORTANT: The Nashville Humane Association reserves the right to refuse adoption to anyone. No animal will be adopted to prospective owners who mislead or fail to provide accurate information on the application.
Here’s How It Works
As Nashville’s FAVORITE shelter, we adopt thousands of pets annually. You are able to come and visit and adopt from our facility in the same day. To adopt, from Nashville Humane you must follow our adoption process.
1. View a Pet’s Page to Learn More
Right now you can take a look at every pet that is currently available for adoption. View Adoptable Dogs. View Adoptable Cats. Our Adoption Pages are updated every hour, so the pets you see online are the pets that are currently available for adoption.
2. Come to Nashville Humane
Once you’re ready to start the adoption process or see someone(s) online you’d like to visit, you’ll want to come to the shelter. We’re located at 213 Oceola Avenue, TUE through SUN from 10AM until 5PM (closed Mondays, and closed Tue-Thur 12-1pm for Quiet Hour). If you are planning on adopting, you should plan to budget about an hour of time into your schedule.
3. Visit With Our Pets
If a pet’s location is currently listed on the website as “Available in Foster”, that means they’re currently living in one of our foster homes. If you’d like to learn more, or schedule a meet-and-greet, you’ll just coordinate that through our Pet Services Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Any pet that is currently listed on the website as “Available In Shelter” will be available for you to meet and spend time with when you visit the shelter.
4. Apply for Adoption
After you’ve come to Nashville Humane. Spent time with some pets. Our adoption counselors agree that it’s a good match, then it’s time to finalize that adoption! You’re going to fill out an adoption application in the shelter (or you can fill one out online in advance to save yourself a few minutes at the shelter. Note: completing an application online does not “reserve” a pet for you).
A member of our Pet Services team will review your application. Once you’re approved, then you’ll complete payment of the adoption fee. Review and sign our adoption contract. And you and your new forever best friend will be on your merry way!