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Adoption Requirements, Protocol, and Fees

It is easy to fall in love with many of the cats and dogs in our shelter. But all animals and adoptive families have different needs. So here are a few things to consider when choosing your new family member.

  • Are you a "big" dog person or do you prefer a smaller dog?
  • Do you want a lap cat or an independent one?
  • Do you currently have pets?
  • How long will the pet be left alone?
  • Are you looking for a running partner or a fellow couch potato?
  • Do you want a kitten or puppy, or are you looking for an adult animal?
  • Do you have young children in the house? 

With a little information from you, our staff can help you find the perfect pet!

Adoption Requirements

  • We require a signed adoption contract and a fee to adopt a pet. Adopters must be at least 18 years old, and bring a photo ID. If you rent or live in a home with your parents you must provide a written statement with an up-to-date contact name and number for us to contact to confirm you can have a pet. This is not negotiable. You must have permission from your landlord before adopting any animal from our shelter.
  • The adoption process goes in this order: 
    • Pre-adoption interview - This includes a questionnaire that will help us choose the animal that fits you the best. You must do this even if you are coming to see an animal that you have seen on the website or our Facebook page. 
    • 24-hour hold - We prefer that after you meet our available pets that you then go home and reflect on the meet and greet that took place. We are in no hurry to place animals as we feel finding them the right home is most important. This 24-hour hold gives you the opportunity to decide whether you want to go ahead with the next step of the adoption process. Adopting a new pet is not a decision that should be taken lightly. It is a lifetime commitment. 
    • Two-day foster - We will send an animal home with you on a trial basis. This allows you to see how the animal will do in your home setting. This part of our process has become a key factor in successful adoptions. The experience will tell you whether the animal will fit into your home and whether they will do well with the day-to-day schedule of your everyday life. We feel that out of all the steps this is the most important to ensure that the adoption is successful.
  • Foster-to-adopt - This part of our program is for our puppies/kittens who are between the ages of 8 weeks and 16 weeks. They can stay in the home with their future family while awaiting time to be spayed or neutered. You will be required to return to the shelter at certain dates for vaccines, worming, flea and tick treatments, and heartworm preventative until the foster pet is altered and fully adopted. We also offer this for dogs/cats undergoing treatment. The condition of the animal will determine the decision to allow the dog/cat to go into foster. The staff has the right to deny the animal to leave the facility if they feel it is not in its best interest. This does not mean that you are denied the ability to reserve the animal. 

  • We reserve the right to deny any adoption if we feel it is not in the best interest of the animal or the adopter. Our program is designed to match the right animal to the right family. The animal that you may have had in mind may or may not be a good match. If that is so we will work hard to find you the right cat or dog for your family.

Adoption Fees

The standard adoption fees are:

  • Puppies (under 6 months) $110
  • Dogs $110
  • Kittens (under 6 months) $110
  • Cats $110
  • Declawed cats $150
  • "Primo pooches" $225

Adoption fees may be paid with cash, Mastercard, VISA, or Discover. We can only accept checks written on banks that operate in Franklin County, Tennessee.

While the above fees apply to most adoptions, the Shelter may require more or less than the fees listed above. For example, we have a higher adoption fee for a purebred dog to help offset the extra expenses of other animals who need medical care. Also, we will set a lower fee for older pets to make it easier for them to find a new home.

We have reduced fees for senior citizens and veterans, and other special discounts.

Occasionally, people ask why there is any adoption fee at all when we are a non-profit organization whose mission is to place all our pets in permanent, loving homes. Unfortunately, it costs money to operate our Shelter. We fund medical care, feeding costs, gas and electricity, telephone, Internet, building maintenance, office and building supplies, insurance, and a long list of other costs to keep the Shelter running properly. We are not subsidized by any state or national programs. The adoption fee covers only about half of our expenses; to cover the deficit we depend upon the donations of generous individuals wanting to do their part to ensure that our cats and dogs get the care that they deserve. Read more about how to make a tax-deductible monetary donation.

What's Included in the Adoption Fee

The feline adoption fee includes:
  • Up to date vaccines including Distemper Combo and Rabies (if old enough)
  • Any necessary deworming
  • FELV test for kittens; Felv/FIV test for adults
  • Spay or neuter
  • Basic health check for fleas, mites, skin conditions
  • Flea preventative such as Frontline
  • Microchip
  • 1 Free physical within 3 weeks of adoption at any of four participating local veterinarian clinics
  • 30 days of pet insurance from 24 PetWatch
The canine adoption fee includes:
  • Up to date vaccines including Distemper Combo and Rabies (if old enough)
  • Any necessary deworming
    Heartworm test if over 6 months old and monthly heartworm preventative
  • Spay or neuter
  • Basic health check for fleas, mites, skin conditions
  • Flea preventative such as Frontline or K9 Advantix
  • Microchip
  • 1 Free physical within 3 weeks of adoption at any of three participating local veterinarian clinics
  • 30 days of pet insurance from 24 PetWatch