Adoption Fees




Stop by the shelter or one of our offsite adoption events and find the perfect match for your lifestyle or help us spread the word!  Check our current Adoptables.

Adoption Special: The Price is Right for Love

11-14_Camille Pissaro cat croppedDuring Meow-vember the “price is right for love” because we’re letting YOU choose your adoption fee for cats. Why? Because our feline population has swelled to an exorbitant number and they each deserve a chance at love!

  • Includes: Cats 6 months and older.
  • Time frame: Until our cat population is reasonably reduced.
  • Adoption fee still includes: Awesome adoption benefits, such as a medical check, spay/neuter, microchipping, and kitty comforter.
  • You’ll still consult with our adoption counselors to find your purr-fect match and fill out the associated adoption survey.

Adoption Special: We Salute Our Veterans

11-14_Katie with flag1Veteran’s Day is Tuesday, November 11, and to show our appreciation for veterans who have so honorably served our country, we are waiving adoption fees.

  • Waived fees for: All military veterans and active-duty military personnel. Simply show your VA or DoD card. Standard adoption screening applies.
  • Includes: Dogs over 6 months and more than 20 pounds & cats 6 months and older
  • Time frame: Monday, November 10 through Saturday, November 15

Adoption Special: Lonely Hearts

These are dogs & cats who have been patiently waiting for their forever homes for too long a period of time.  They may not be as cute or as young as some, or have gotten a bad rap because of how they look, but Ralph Waldo Emerson meddon’t judge them on that alone.  They have won our hearts.  Please give them a chance to win yours.


  • Look for the dogs & cats with the Lonely Heart emblem on their cage.
  • Lonely Heart adoption fee for dogs is $50.00.
  • Lonely Heart adoption fee for cats is $5.00.


Kittens (younger than 4 months)Kittens
(5 months & younger)

Adoption Cost of $55

Adults (4 months to 8 years)Adults
(6 months to 8 years)

Adoption Cost of $25 (Current Special: Name your adoption fee)

(8 years and older)

Adoption Cost of $20 (now only $5!)


With a value of over $300.00
Your Adoption includes:

  • Forever Feline Friend – priceless
  • Basic medical exam
  • Behavior assessment
  • Spay or neuter
  • Microchipping
  • ID tag

  • Age-appropriate vaccinations
  • Fecal/ Worming
  • Transportation box
  • Cat Comforter
  • Adoption counselors to help you find the right companion animal for your family, home, and lifestyle

The Friends recommend that if you are adopting a new cat or kitten, the feline be tested for
Feline Leukemia (FLV) and Feline immunodeficiency virus ( FIV), especially if there are already cats
in the home. We offer the test for $20.00 at the time of adoption (a value of $45.00).


(dogs that need exceptional placement)

Adoption Cost of $100 (Current Special, $50 thru November)

(Includes 6-week training class)

Special in effect for a limited time.

Adult Lap Dogs (small breed)
Adult Lap Dogs
(small breed, under 20 lbs)

Adoption Cost of $230

Puppies (younger than 4 months)
(5 months and younger)

Adoption Cost of $230

Young Dogs (4 to 8 months)
Young Dogs
(6 months to 8 months)

Adoption Cost of $195  (Current Special, $50 thru November)

Adult Dogs (over 8 months)
Adult Dogs
(9 months & older)

Adoption Cost of $140 (Current Special, $50 thru November)

Golden Years
Senior Dogs
(Large/Medium: 8 years & older
Small (under 20lbs): 10 years & older)

Adoption Cost of $100  (Current Special over 20 lbs, $50 thru November)

Adoption Special: Luv-a-bullz

Dogs that need exceptional placement

  • 6-week training class is included in the adoption fee
  • Limited Time
  • See our Luv-a-Bullz online.
  • See our available training classes online.


With a value of over $450.00
Your Adoption includes:


  • Forever Canine Friend – priceless
  • Basic medical exam
  • Behavior assessment
  • Spay or neuter
  • Microchipping
  • ID tag
  • Pedigree collar
  • Go-home buddy blanket
  • 3.5-pound bag of Pedigree food
  • Happy Howie’s adoption bag full of tasty morsels
  • $5 Pet Supplies Plus coupon
  • Age-appropriate vaccinations
  • Occult Heartworm Test (at least 6 months old)
  • Fecal/ Worming
  • Adoption counselors to help you find the right companion animal for your family, home, and lifestyle

Additional Products and Services Available

The Friends offer the following additional products and services to care for your new family member. Please inquire during the adoption process:

  • Testing for Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids
  • Lifetime enrollment in AKC microchip recovery program – $10 enrollment fee
  • Informational handouts on companion animal care and behavior issues
  • Pet-behavior assistance and consultations. Contact us at anytime for assistance: 313.943.2697 or friends@dearbornanimals.org.
  • Pet training classes
  • PetFirst Healthcare Insurance – Adopters are entitled to an introductory Pet Insurance offer from PetFirst HeathCare for $5.00 the first month. Adopters must register their pet within 20 days of adoption.
      • $1,000 of accident/illness coverage, $500 per incident
      • 100% reimbursement after a $50.00 deductible
      • Use any veterinarian
      • For more information call PetFirst Healthcare at 1-866-937-PETS (7387) or www.petfirstadoption.com

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