What you need to know

Adoption Fees

FAQ’S

  • How do I adopt a pet?

    Plan to arrive several hours before closing so you have time to choose your pet and meet with an adoption counselor.

    With a little information from you, our staff can help you find the perfect pet. To speed up the adoption process, you can download our Pre-Adopt Form.

    Please note that pets get adopted quickly. Some pets you see on our website may be adopted before you arrive, while new arrivals may not yet be shown.

  • Are there any adoption requirements?

    In order to adopt your new family member, we require the following:

    • Bring a tax bill or mortgage statement as proof of home ownership OR a lease stating that you are allowed to have a pet. We also require your landlord’s phone number so that we can speak with him or her.
    • Bring an ID with current address.
    • You must be at least 21 years of age.
    • If adopting an adult dog, the entire household must meet the dog prior to adoption.
    • If adopting a younger dog (puppy or teen dog), the primary caretaker and all children under 18 must meet the puppy prior to adoption, and the other spouse must give approval (via phone is OK).
    • If you own a dog now and want to adopt another, we encourage this and ask that you bring your dog to the shelter for a meet-and-greet. Be sure to bring your dog’s veterinary records to show it is up-to-date on its shots. Please note that to prevent adding to the population of unwanted pets, it is the Shelter’s standard policy not to adopt an unaltered pet to families who own another unaltered pet.
    • We take many things into consideration when making a decision about placing our pets in homes. Every situation is different, so please understand that we are trying to make the best match for both you and our furry friends.
  • Why is there an adoption fee?

    Occasionally, people ask why there is any adoption fee at all when we are a non-profit organization whose mission is to place all our pets in permanent, loving homes. Unfortunately, it costs money to operate our Shelter. We fund airline and van transportation for arriving pets, medical care, feeding costs, gas and electricity, telephone, Internet, building maintenance, office and building supplies, municipal payments in lieu of property taxes, insurance, and a long list of other costs from our own pockets to keep the Shelter running properly.

    We are not subsidized by any state or national programs. The adoption fee covers only about half of our expenses; to cover the deficit we depend upon the donations of generous individuals wanting to do their part to ensure that our cats and dogs get the care that they deserve. Read more about how to make a tax-deductible monetary donation.

  • What does this fee cover?

    The $40 feline adoption fee includes:

    • Up to date vaccines including Distemper Combo and Rabies
    • Stool check for parasites
    • Any necessary worming
    • Felv/FIV test or FELV test
    • Spay/Neuter Certificate if necessary
    • Basic health check for fleas, mites, skin conditions
    The $125 canine adoption fee includes:
    • Up to date vaccines including Distemper Combo and Rabies
    • Stool check for parasites
    • Any necessary worming
    • Heartworm/Lyme/Ehrlichia test if over 6 months old
    • Spay/Neuter Certificate if necessary
    • Basic health check for fleas, mites, skin conditions
    • All canines are microchipped
    • Canines over 4 months will also go home with a collar