For every pet, we provide rehabilitation in addition to routine health care such as up-to-date vaccines and preventatives such as heartworm and flea control.
Because we are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, our fees are not the same as a typical county shelter (“pound”). Unlike these shelters, we are not subsidized by taxpayer money, nor do we receive any kind of government assistance. It costs, on average, over $530 to fully vet a healthy pet. Many of our pets arrive with major medical issues, and cost well into the $1,000s to save – but we think they’re worth it! To help us offset the cost of rescue, we have two special fundraisers noted below. By asking a little more for our most popular pets, we are able to continue rescuing. All fundraiser fees go 100% back to the animals, and they are tax-deductible. In addition to these fundraisers, we have a special reduced-fee program (also noted below), and we hold multiple reduced or fee-waived events each year to ensure all good homes have an opportunity to adopt. If you would like to see how we use our money, here is the link to our financials.
If you’re a senior looking to adopt, please check out our reduced rates for the Senior-to-Senior Program!
OUR STANDARD ADOPTION FEES
Our standard fees for dogs:
- $500.00 for puppies up to 6 months old
- $300.00 for large breed (over 32lbs) dogs 6 months and older
- $550.00 for small and medium breed (under 32lbs) adult dogs 6 months and older
- $100 for large breed (over 32lbs) dogs 9 years and older
- $250 for small and medium breed (under 32lbs) dogs 9 years and older
- $50.00 discount for senior dogs if the adopter is also a senior of at least 65 years old.
All of our dogs are up-to-date on age-appropriate vaccinations, are spayed/neutered, receive monthly flea and heartworm preventative, and are micro-chipped with registration. We also heartworm test when they are old enough. They are examined by a veterinarian, and will get a bath and nail trim prior to heading home.
Our standard fees for cats located at our Cat Cottage or at PetCo:
$225.00 for kittens up to 6 months old
$175.00 for adult cats 6 months and older
$75.00 for cats 9 years and older
$25.00 for senior cats if the adopter is also a senior of at least 65 years old.
All of our cats are up-to-date on age-appropriate vaccinations, are spayed/neutered, receive monthly flea preventative, and are micro-chipped with registration. We also AIDS/Leukemia test when they are old enough. They are examined by a veterinarian, and will get a bath and nail trim prior to heading home.
Forever Hope is a special designation for pets that have been with us longer than we feel is good for their well-being. Their adoption fee is significantly reduced – many of these pets are $25, $50, or $100. Some even have waived/sponsored fees.
The Sunshine Fund was created to raise money for the medical bills of pets that have come to us in great need. Surgeries and special care for just one of these pets often reaches thousands of dollars. Occasionally, when we are experiencing costly special care cases, we will designate a pet as a “Sunshine Fundraiser Pet,” bringing sunshine to others. The adoption fee will be higher than standard to help cover medical care for special needs pets.
The Have-A-Heart Fund was set up to raise money for treatment of our heartworm positive dogs. We take in a high percentage of heartworm positive dogs. These loving pets are often euthanized in county shelters because of the high cost of treating this deadly disease. A vet bill for each of these dogs is $400 to $800. By asking a higher fee ($100 additional) on selected pets, we are able to help more of these dogs who would otherwise be without hope.
We do our best to indicate in a pet’s profile if they are a fundraiser pet, but please call the Adoption Center to be sure. Please do not send us messages via Facebook or emails requesting fees.
We try to always inform adopters about fees BEFORE they make the trip out to our Center. Sometimes, fundraiser fees DO change – often times they get lowered! To try and provide the most ACCURATE information possible, our Adoption Coordinator or a manager will confirm the fundraiser fee while scheduling your appointment, if not before. Please note, that on brand-new pets, it may take a few days to finalize a fee.
When determining a fundraiser fee, we take into consideration how many special-needs pets we have with us who require extensive medical care (100% of the fundraiser fee is applied to lifesaving treatments for our special-needs pets), as well as the age and breed of a pet. There will never be a shortage of homes for purebred and “flashy” pets, and we know that these pets will always find homes quickly. We understand not everyone will be able to contribute to our Sunshine or Have-A-Heart fundraisers through adoption. For that reason, we also have an abundance of Forever Hope pets. These are friendly, loving pets who have been with us longer than we feel is necessary or who may be a little “plain.” These sweet and loving pets often wait months for homes and are constantly overlooked. Their fees start at just $50 to help them find families. And they’re all fully-vetted, too!
We appreciate your patience with us as we find these pets forever homes.
SPECIAL NOTE: Occasionally we will have an abundance of pets in a specific age group designation. In that event, we are likely to offer a limited-time special discounted adoption fee. Sometimes, businesses, individuals, or groups will sponsor pets or adoption events. Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page to keep informed of such promotions. These promotions include reduced adoption fees, free pet supplies, free vet clinics, and more.