Frequently Asked Adoption Questions
For instructions on how to adopt, our adoption fees and what’s included with post-adoption instructions and requirements, see How to Adopt a Pet.
After approval to adopt, you’ll need to bring your current dog(s) to the shelter to meet the dog you’re planning to adopt to ensure a good match for your family. For your convenience we’ll work with you to hold the animal until you return to the shelter later that day.
Our standard adoption fees are as follows:
- Adults (6 months and older) – $75
- Puppies (5 months and younger) – $200
- Dogs with 3 or More Application – $200
- Adults (6 months and older) – $25
- Kittens (5 months and younger) – $60 ($30 each when adopting a 2nd kitten)
See the FAQ for included services.
The following services are included with the adoption fee of a canine or feline from the Hamilton County Animal Shelter.
|Age Appropriate Bordatella, Distemper, Parvo & Rabies (over 3 months)|
Heartworm Test (over 6 months) & De-Worming
|Age Appropriate FVRCP & Rabies (over 3 lbs)|
|Preventative Care||Heartworm, Flea & Tick||Flea & Tick|
Yes. We try our best to ensure a good adoption match but recognize it isn’t always a good fit. A full refund of the adoption fee will be given if the animal is returned within 72 hours of adoption. The adoption fee for an animal returned within 30 days can be applied to the adoption of a different animal, with an approved application. We always welcome our animals back, and in fact require adopters to return animals to the shelter if they’re unable to keep them.