Adoption Fees

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The Humane Society of Utah's (HSU) adoption fees for dogs and cats include mandatory spay/neuter, microchip, first distemper combination immunization (second immunization is due 21 days after the first set at your own cost), deworming, cardboard carrier for cats or leash for dogs. All rabbits are also spayed/neutered. You will also receive a free physical examination at a participating private veterinarian (this list will be provided upon adoption).

**Adoption Fees listed here are a base price only. Adoption prices may be higher depending on our V.I.P. Program or lower depending on current adoption specials. Our adoption fees help to offset the cost of evaluation, housing, feeding and medical care for the thousands of animals that need our help. We do our best to keep our adoption prices reasonable while generating income to support our goal of caring for animals available for adoption until we can place them in a loving home. If you have any questions regarding the adoption fee of a specific animal, please call our Adoption Department at (801) 261-2919, select option 4.

Dog and Cat Adoption Fees**

Dogs 6 months and over

$55 - $600*

Puppies under 6 months

$150 - $600*

Cats 7 years and over $0

Cats 6 months to 6 years

$15 - $350*

Kittens under 6 months

$15 - $350*

Small Mammals

$5 - $125*

Birds

Varies*

Other Pets Adoption Fees**

One rabbit

Second rabbit at same time                 

$20 - $35

half price  

One guinea pig

Second guinea pig at same time

$20 - $35

half price

Ferrets

Bonded pair

$65*

$125

Chinchilla

Bonded pair

$35 - $50*

$70

Gerbils/Hamsters/Rats/Mice

$5 - $15

*Waived adoption fee for select animals.

 

* Waived adoption fee for select animals such as seniors, animals who have been at the shelter for 20 days or longer, or special promotions.

**Adoption Fees listed here are a base price only. Adoption prices may be higher depending on our V.I.P. Program or lower depending on current adoption specials. If you have any questions regarding the adoption fee of a specific animal, please call our Adoptions department at (801) 261-2919, select option 4. Prices are subject to change without notice.

V.I.P Program Info

Adoption fees do not cover the expenses an animal may incur during their stay at our shelter. It costs an average of $30 per animal per day to cover food, shelter and veterinary care. Some animals do not require much veterinary care while others may require substantial resources to help them find a new home. 

Because our goal is to try and help as many animals find new loving homes as possible, we may increase the adoption fees for certain animals that are in higher demand: purebred, specialty or smaller breeds, puppies, kittens, or even animals with special needs. We usually receive numerous requests to adopt these V.I.P. pets. Their higher adoption fees help to cover the costs of some of their less-desirable shelter mates who may have to stay with us for a longer period.

If you're lucky enough to adopt one of these Very Important Pets, know that you've helped save the life of more than one pet!

We know our shelter animals are PRICELESS and we're here to serve the community through all our programs and services. Thank you for choosing to adopt and not shop.