Website last updated: May 13th, 2013
Adoption Process & Fees
Adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment and a big responsibility. Dogs can live 15 years or more, and cats can live 20+ years. Like people, each individual pet comes with its own set of baggage, needs, and personality traits. Because your new pet will depend on you to provide its basic needs, we need to be sure that you are educated and up to the challenge. Our adoption process allows us to ask you some questions about your home environment, your lifestyle, and your needs, expectations, and limitations. We want to be sure that your new pet is going to be just as happy in its new home as you are to have it there.
A Successful Adoption Process Includes the Following Steps:
You will have the opportunity to visit with the pet of interest, supervised by an adoption volunteer who can answer some of the questions you may have about the pet or the adoption process. You will not be able to take the pet home the same day.
If after visiting with the pet you would like to start the adoption process we will ask you to fill out an adoption application. The application is not available on the website; an application will be provided to you only after having a successful meeting with the pet. (Please note that in situations where an interested adopter lives out of the area an adoption application may be provided before visiting with the pet, however an adoption will never be completed before you have had a successful visit with the pet.)
One of our volunteers will contact you within 72 hours and we will open a dialogue with you based on the information provided in your application. We will talk about your home and family, as well as your experience with pets. We will ask you to tell us about the kind of life and care you can offer to the adopted pet, and we will inform you about any health or behavioural issues that you should be aware of.
(For dogs only) Once an adoption is pending, we will come visit your home to ensure that the environment is suitable for the pet in question, based on its needs. We can advise you of modifications that could make the adoption more successful, such as fencing and other things you may not have thought about.
The adoption process generally takes several days, and this time line is intentional. It allows you time to think about your decision so that you can be sure that you are comfortable with the decision that you’ve made. Adoptions are never approved within 48 hours of the application being submitted.
Once we have successfully journeyed through the steps above, you can pick up your new friend to begin a wonderful life together!
Signing an adoption contract is a requirement for every pet that is adopted.
Please Read Before Applying to Adopt:
You must be 19 years of age or older to apply for one of our pets.
Please note that we do not adopt animals sight unseen and we do not ship animals. We do consider adoptions out of area but applicants are required to come & visit with the animals of interest before an adoption is completed.
The adoption fee for puppies and kittens includes: The first 3 distemper vaccines, the leukemia vaccine and its booster (for kittens) or the canine cough vaccine and its booster (for puppies), deworming, defleaing, a deposit towards the spay/neuter, a tattoo (done at the time of spay/neuter), a free veterinary exam within 7 days of adoption, a bag of the food that the animal is eating, six weeks of FREE pet insurance through Pet Secure Insurance, a 2-hour DVD full of information about adding a new pet to your family, and a health record.
The adoption fee for all other cats/dogs includes: The first distemper vaccine, the first leukemia vaccine (cats) or the first canine cough vaccine (dogs), deworming, defleaing, a bag of the food that the pet is eating, a free veterinary exam within 7 days of adoption, a 2-hour DVD full of information about adding a new pet to your family, and a health record. All adult animals are spayed or neutered prior to adoption and those that are fixed by VPAS will have a tattoo for identification. Adult cats/dogs between the age of 6 months and 4 years qualify for six weeks of free pet insurance through Pet Secure Insurance. All dogs & cats between 4 years and 13 years of age qualify for four weeks of free pet insurance through Trupanion Insurance.
The adoption fee for all other species includes: a free exam within 7 days of adoption, treatment for parasites, spay/neuter when appropriate, the first set of vaccines when appropriate, and a tattoo for identification when appropriate.
Adoption Fees are as Follows: (cash only please)
Kittens (6 months or younger) Male $150 Female $180
Young cats (7m-11m) $115
Adult Cats (1 yr - 8yrs) $90
Senior Cats (9 yrs and older) $75
Special Needs Cats (other than kittens) $75
Puppies (6 months or younger) Male $300 Female $350
Young dogs (7m-11m) $250
Adult Dogs (1 yr - 8yrs) $200
Senior Dogs (9 yrs and older) $100
Special Needs dogs (other than puppies) $100
Guinea Pigs $15
Rats/hamsters $10 ($15 if spayed/neutered)
Adoption fees for other species may vary
Please note that the information above, including adoption fees, vary slightly for cats and kittens adopted through PetSmart. When adopted from PetSmart the rabies vaccine is included in the adoption fee, but a fee bag of food is not. The rabies vaccine is included because it is a requirement as part of PetSmart's international adoption program.