How to Adopt

What Should You Expect When Adopting?

In order to adopt, you must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age, and have a valid government ID. We welcome all visitors, from any county or state, to visit and adopt our shelter animals. Please allow at least an hour if you plan on adopting. You will need to fill out an adoption application in order to visit with the animals (applications are next to the sign-in area in the lobby of the shelter). You can also save time by downloading and filling out the application now:

Some of our animals have special adoption requirements. If you already have a dog and wish to adopt another, we may require a dog-to-dog interaction.

Adoption Prices

Some notes on pricing:

  • Animals marked as "Perfect Pairs" must be adopted together (adoption one at regular adoption fee and the 2nd is free)
  • Senior Person Discount Special: Senior people over 62 years of age are eligible for a free adoption of a senior animal (8 years or older), or a 10% discount off other animals - You must mention you want this adoption special at the time of your adoption.
  • When we run adoption specials, only one discount applies.
  • While we do strive to make sure our website reflects accurate pricing, we reserve the right to change prices without notice.
Cat Adoption Fees
Kittens up to 5 months old $125 (Adopt one, Get one FREE through July 24!)
Cats over 5 months old and up to 8 years old $65
Senior Cat - 8 years or older $45 
Perfect Pairs (cats that must be adopted together) Adopt one regular fee - 2nd FREE
Legacy Cats** Variable
Pets of the Week 10% off that week
Dog Adoption Fees
All Puppies - under 6 months old $299
Small Breed Adult Dogs - 6 months and older $275
Other Adult Dogs - 6 months and older $175
All Senior Dogs (any size) - 8 years or older $100
Legacy Dogs** Variable
Pets of the Week 10% off that week
Other Domestics Adoption Fees
Ferrets $50
Rabbits $60
Pocket pets (gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters) $20
Exotics (birds, snakes, etc.) Individually priced, visit the shelter for details
Pets of the Week 10% off that week

** - Legacy Adoptions: We provide valuable care and treatment for thousands of animals every year. They are all important to us. Our adoption fees help offset the cost of housing, feeding and caring for companion animals in our shelter. Some pets need an extraordinary amount of medical intervention and care. We can help these pets by pricing animals in higher demand with a higher adoption fee. The money raised by these “Legacy Adoptions” will allow us to provide lifesaving medical treatment, let us work with behavioral issues and help us care for animals that stay here longer before they find loving homes.

Variable adoption pricing or “Legacy” adoption pricing ensures that we can provide top quality of care for all animals.

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