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Depending on the type of organization and type of pet, adoption fees can range from no fee up to several hundred dollars. Adoption fees help cover the medical care of the animal while he or she waits for a new home, as well as food and transportation costs.

How adoption fees are set

We use a variable fee schedule to assign adoption fees. The age, breed, and size of the animal are all considered in this fee schedule.

Certain breeds of dogs and cats may command a higher fee because they are rarer and in higher demand. Some breeds of dogs and cats are more prevalent, older, or require particular care. We can guarantee we have the money to care for other animals with special needs and/or those who are having a harder time finding new homes by implementing a variable fee structure that assigns higher fees to specific high-demand animals.

There is an administrative fee associated with every adoption, which can vary from $5 to $22. This fee generates income to support AHS’s animal adoption program and new initiatives while also partially covering the cost of processing adoptions.

For a fee of $30 for dogs and cats and $10 for all other animals, you can put an animal on hold for 24 hours in case you need extra time to finish the adoption process (note: puppies and kittens under six months of age cannot be placed on adoption hold). This taxable charge contributes to the additional day of care, staffing, and housing required for the animal.

Sales tax in Minnesota is levied on all adoption, holding, and administrative fees.

Assigning higher adoption fees to cats with a better chance of finding a home quickly enables us to lower the adoption fees for animals who might end up staying in the shelter longer, as there is no time limit on the adoption program.

No matter where our adoption fees are set, the costs of providing care for the cats that come through our program are only partially covered by them. To help us save lives, we rely on donations and sales from our CAT Thrift Store and shelter retail area. All of the cats and staff at CAT greatly appreciate your support, so please think about adding a donation in addition to your adoption fee. Thank you!.

While we think every cat is amazing and worthy, we also understand that some cats will find homes faster than others. For kittens and purebred cats, our adoption fees are typically higher. These swiftly adopted cats can leave a financial legacy for special needs cats and/or cats who might stay at the shelter longer thanks to the variable fee.


What happens if nobody adopts a cat?

If they are in a no-kill shelter, they live out their lives there. Or, they get fostered in someone’s home. If they are in a different type of shelter, they get killed when the shelter runs out of space. Kittens are easier to adopt, so older cats are more likely to get euthanized.

Is it a good idea to adopt a cat?

Adopting a cat is great for your heart! A recent study found that owning a cat may lead to a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease and stroke2. This is an important finding considering the AHA/ASA says, “Stroke is the number 3 cause of death in women and number 4 cause of death in men.

How much does it cost to adopt a cat in NYC?

Adoption of any animal is on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s also based on your specific qualifications. Adoption fees are on a sliding scale ranging from $25 to $400, depending on the animal that is being adopted.

Is it expensive to raise a cat?

Cost of Owning a Cat Per Year Once your cat is all settled in, it’s important to factor in the costs you can expect to pay every year. These annual costs usually add up to between about $325-$1,600 per year for the average cat parent. This is an increase of about 8% since 2022.