Adoption fees

More than 23,000 animals come through Animal Humane Society’s doors every year. Each has a different story to tell. Some are found as strays, while others are surrendered by owners who can no longer care for them. Thousands are rescued from animal cruelty cases, and even more have traveled hundreds of miles from under-resourced shelters for a second chance.

But no matter how they got here or where they came from, they’re provided with basic needs, individualized medical treatment, behavioral rehabilitation when necessary, protection, and most importantly love.

The total cost of caring for and rehoming these animals amounted to more than $10 million last year. Adoption fees help offset these costs, covering just 32 percent of the total. We rely on private donations and our own fundraising abilities to fill in the gap.

How adoption fees are set

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.

An administrative fee — ranging between $5 and $20 — and Minnesota sales tax is applied to all adoptions. This fee covers some of the cost associated with processing adoptions and provides revenue that supports the animal adoption program and new initiatives at AHS.

What your adoption fee includes

Canine and feline 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 (if needed)
  • Canine heartworm test or feline leukemia test (if age appropriate and meets testing guidelines)
  • Spay/neuter surgery (if needed)
  • Free follow-up examination by a participating veterinarian
  • 60-day return period
  • Free medications for the first 14 days (if needed)
  • A free bag of Purina pet food (while supplies last)
  • Free ID tag

Rabbit, ferret, and chinchilla adoption fees include:

  • A general physical examination by our veterinary services staff
  • Spay/neuter surgery (if applicable)
  • Free follow-up examination by a participating veterinarian
  • 60-day return period

Rodent and bird adoption fees include:

  • A general physical examination by our veterinary services staff
  • Free follow-up examination by a participating veterinarian 
  • 60-day return period

Dogs and puppies:
$160‒$623

Cats and kittens:
$47‒$255

Birds, rabbits, and other small mammals:
$5‒$159 

For caring, compassionate advice and resources to address all your animal concerns.

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