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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a Variable Fee Schedule?

We use a variable fee schedule to assign adoption fees. This fee schedule takes into account the animal’s age, breed, and size.


Some types of dogs and cats are less common and have a higher demand, so their fee might be higher. Other types of dogs and cats are more common, are older, or have special needs. A variable fee structure that assigns higher fees to certain high-demand animals ensures we have the funds to provide for other animals that have special needs and/or a more difficult time finding a new home.

What does The Adoption Fee Cover?

Dog and cat adoption fees include:

  • A general physical examination and behavioral evaluation by our veterinary services staff
  • Canine or feline distemper combination vaccination and bordetella (canines only); age-appropriate canines and felines also receive a rabies vaccination whenever possible
  • Deworming medication
  • Flea/tick treatment
  • SNAP test (if age appropriate and meets testing guidelines)
  • Spay/neuter surgery 
  • 30-day return period for dogs and 7- day return period for cats
  • A small bag of transition food 
  • Microchipping