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Things to Consider Before Adopting a Dog or a Cat

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.

Adoption Fees

The standard adoption fees are:

  • Puppies (under 6 months) $110
  • Dogs $85
  • Kittens (under 6 months) $85
  • Cats $65
  • "Primo pooches" $110-$210

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.

The Shelter's staff is trained to help families choose the right pet for their personalities and lifestyles. The Shelter reserves the right to deny any adoption that the staff feels is not in the best interests of the family or pet.

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 three 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