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Help Empty the Shelter!

From September 29 – October 8, we will have reduced adoption fees of $50 for adult dogs, $25 for adult cats, and $5 for critters.

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Adoption Fees

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Your adoption fee helps us continue to care for around 10,000 pets in need each year.

Adoption fees may vary based on an animal’s age, size, breed, medical condition, or length of time at the shelter.

We are proud to offer a 10% discount for the military on adoption fees with military ID. For veterans who apply to the Pets for Patriots program, we offer a reduced adoption fee of $16.

Adoptions Include:  

  • Wellness examination from our Veterinary Services team
  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Initial vaccines
  • Microchip with national registration
  • Pet care counseling

We love saving lives, and there is no question that reduced fee adoption events save lives. They bring out adopters, cut the length of stay for shelter animals, and create precious space in the shelter for others in need. The vast majority of animals adopted from these events will remain in their homes as loved, valued members of their new families.

  • Myth: Offering reduced or fee adoptions mean the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County doesn’t care who adopts the animals.
  • Truth: Our staff cares about ALL our shelter animals, and we work hard to place them in loving homes. Reduced fee adopters go through the exact same adoption process as any other adopter on any other day.

From September 29 – October 8, we will have reduced adoption fees of $50 for adult dogs, $25 for adult cats, and $5 for critters.

Dog Adoption Fees

Type Age Adoption Fee
Highly desirable Single breed
Designer breeds
Small breeds
$500
Puppies Up to 10 months $500
Adolescent 11 months - 2 years $350 - $400
Adult 2 years - Senior $175 - $250
Senior Under 50 lbs / 9+ years
Over 50 lbs / 6+ years
$80
Buddy adoption Adopt an adult or senior dog at the same time as another dog 1/2 price of the adult or senior adoption fee

Cat Adoption Fees

Type Age Adoption Fee
Kitten 2 months - 5 months $135
Adult 6 months - 8 years $75
Senior Older than 8 years $30
Buddy adoption Adopt an adult or senior cat a the same time as another cat 1/2 price of the adult or senior adoption fee

Bunny & Critter Adoption Fees

Type Age Adoption Fee
Rabbit Any age $80
Buddy adoption Adopting more than one rabbit 1/2 off each additional rabbit
Other Any age Fees will vary based by breed or species

When you adopt from the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County, your adoption fee helps us continue to care for around 10,000 pets in need each year. Adoption prices are a great value for your money because a spay/neuter surgery alone could cost between $400 to $500 at a veterinary hospital.