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Adoption Fees

Effective July 1, 2013

Dog Adoption Fees
Cat Adoption Fees
Adoption Fee Discount Programs
Adoption Fee Facts
How to Pay

Dogs

Puppies (under 7 months of age) $275
Adult Dogs (7 months and older) $150
Senior Dogs (7 years and older) $75
Special Needs Dog (any age) $50

All dog adoption fees include spaying/neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations (Rabies, Distemper, and Bordatella), Heartworm testing, permanent microchip identification, a pre-adoption veterinary examination, and a certificate for a free veterinary exam. A collar and leash (or carrier for small dogs) are required to bring your new dog or puppy home. Adopters should purchase the appropriate item(s) in advance to bring to the adoption appointment.

Every Delaware resident who owns a dog must have it licensed or risk incurring fines. City of Wilmington and New Castle County dog licenses can be purchased at the shelter during the adoption counseling session. Residents of other counties and out-of-state adopters will need to purchase a license separately. Please see our dog licensing page for more information.

Cats

Kittens (under 7 months of age) Kitten Special!
   One Kitten
$80 $110*  
   Two Kittens
$130 $165* 
   
Adult Cats (7 months and older) Adult Cat Special!
   One Adult Cat
$60 $80*
   Two Adult Cats
$90 $120*
   
Senior Cats (7 years and older)
   One Senior Cat $40
   Two Senior Cats $80
   
Special Needs Cat (any age) $25

All cat at adoption fees include spaying/neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations (Distemper and Rabies), FeLV/FIV (Feline Leukemia/Feline Aids) testing, permanent microchip identification, a pre-adoption veterinary examination, and a certificate for a free veterinary exam. An appropriate carrier is required to take your new cat or kitten home. Adopters should purchase one in advance to bring to the adoption appointment.

Adoption Fee Discount Programs

DHA is able to offer the following adoption fee discounts through two very special programs:

Senior Citizen Discount

Senior citizens age 60 and older are eligible to receive a $50 discount on the adoption fee for dogs 3 years or older and cats of any age through the Pets for the Elderly program.

Military Service Discount

DHA is able to offer $25 off adoption fees to Pets for Patriots members who adopt a dog or cat two years old or order, a dog weighing over 40 pounds regardless of age, or a special needs pet.

How to Pay

We accept cash, checks, VISA, MasterCard, and American Express. Payment is accepted at the end of your adoption counseling session.

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