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Adoption fees

Animal Humane Society is a private, nonprofit organization that relies completely on private donations and its own fundraising abilities to operate. We receive no federal, state or government funding or any funds from any national animal welfare organizations.

Adoption fees help offset some of the costs for providing all animals at AHS basic needs, medical care, and when necessary, behavior rehabilitation.

Adoptions are subject to an administrative fee and Minnesota sales tax. The administrative fee — $20 for dogs and cats and $5 for rabbits, birds, and critters  helps cover 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
  • 30-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
  • 30-day trial period

Rodent and bird adoption fees include:

  • A general physical examination by our veterinary services staff
  • Free follow-up examination by a participating veterinarian (where seen)
  • 30-day trial period

How adoption fees are set

At AHS, 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, or are older, or have other factors that may make it more difficult to find them a home. A variable fee allows animals that are adopted quickly to provide a financial legacy to other animals that have special needs and/or remain at the shelter longer. 

We know that each shelter animal is wonderful in its own unique way. 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.