Adopt from OAHS

Adopters are Welcome:

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 1 pm - 6 pm

Saturdays: 11 am - 3 pm. 

*Dog kennel areas are closed to public walk-through traffic.  See below regarding dog adoption visits.

View Available CATS    

View Available DOGS     

View Available SMALL MAMMALS  

For Adoption Fee information click HERE

For other animals in our area looking for homes visit the Community Rehoming Page (animals on this page are not affiliated with the Oshkosh Area Humane Society (OAHS) and the OAHS adoption process does not apply)

Adoptions at OAHS are not based on first-come-first-adopted but are based on matchmaking so it's a win-win for everyone. 

In order to provide the best service we can, we're asking people to please only plan to stop in if you are truly interested in adopting. Those who want to spend time with animals for fun or to socialize with them are encouraged to join our volunteer program.

How do I adopt from OAHS? 

  • Stop in during our adoption hours *PLEASE SEE NOTE BELOW ABOUT DOG ADOPTIONS
  • Talk to an adoption counselor about what you're looking for in an animal companion so they can make suggestions for possible matches and you can meet the animal(s). 
  • Once you have decided on the animal(s) you wish to adopt, there is a simple one-page application. 
  • The application is processed in 1-2 business days.
  • If you apply for a dog or rabbit and have the same species at home, you will be asked to bring the animal in for a meet-and-greet. 
  • If approved, your adoption session will be scheduled and you can take your new pet(s) home immediately after. 
  • If you have animals of the same species in your home as the one you are applying for, please call your veterinarian to tell them to release the veterinary records to OAHS.  Doing so will make the process much faster and more efficient. 
  • All animals in the household of the same species as the one you are adopting are required to be spayed or neutered prior to bringing the new animal home due to hormone-induced behavior issues that may occur. (Certain medical-related exemptions may apply).

Kitten Adoptions: We typically require all kittens have an age-appropriate buddy (around 2 years old or younger) at home.  This is for their mental, physical and developmental well being.  For more information on why two young cats are better than one, click HERE.  

Dog Adoptions - Appointments Encouraged - By scheduling an appointment you can be assured you're getting the time you need with a staff person to discuss what you're looking for and meet dogs who are a good match for your lifestyle.  The dog kennel areas are not open to walk-through viewing in order to reduce stress on our dog guests.  Those without an appointment may have a wait time. 

  To make a dog adoption appointment: 

Fill out and submit a DOG ADOPTION APPLICATION (you do not need to indicate a specific dog on the application). 

Once your application is received and processed (typically within 1-2 business days) a dog adoption counselor will contact you to schedule a time to visit and provide more information about available dogs.

All animals in the household of the same species as the one you are adopting are required to be spayed or neutered prior to bringing the new animal home due to hormone-induced behavior issues that may occur. 

Licensing and Vaccination Requirements in the City of Oshkosh:  Pet owners have the responsibility to provide pets a healthy, safe life. The City of Oshkosh has stipulated laws that govern the safety of pets and the safety of its citizens pertaining to potential animal concerns. For more information regarding the laws, licensing, rabies vaccination requirements and fees required by the City of Oshkosh visit their website HERE