Adopting a Pet


Adoption Rates:

Adult Dogs (over 6 months)$100.00
Puppies (under 6 months)$175.00. $50 refundable with proof of puppy obedience training class within 6 months of adoption.
Adult Cats (over 4 months)$60.00
Kittens (under 4 months)$100.00
Dogs and Cats over 5 years of age$50.00

*Dogs who have been at the shelter for 6 months or longer: $60.00

Microchipping for your other pets

If you adopt a pet from BCHS you are eligibile to get any or all of your pets at home, cats and dogs, microchipped for $15.00. If you do not have your pet(s) with you at the time of the adoption you will be issues a voucher for each animal you are interested in getting chipped.
Before assuming our adoption fees are too high....please read this:

The assumption that animal shelters make a profit from suffering could not be further from the truth. Most shelters regardless of size or breed of the animal you are looking for, will ask for a donation to adopt ranging from $50.00 to $300.00. When the BCHS takes in a healthy pet that costs a minimal amount to make ready for adoption, the profit from that animal is applied to the vetting costs of the many others who are not so fortunate.

When an animal comes into the BCHS, funds must be spent on neutering and spaying, vaccinations, and screening for Heartworm and a fecal. Vetting expenses on a healthy animal can run as high as $175.00 and more depending on the breed and animal. The truth is the majority of found/stray/rescues DO require additional vetting. Worming is almost always a necessity. The BCHS treats Heartworm positive animals, pays to set broken bones, and to treat illnesses and injuries-providing treatment the original owners either did not choose to, or could not afford. The BCHS may do whatever is necessary, and it can often take several months to return an animal to good health. It is not unusual for the cost of this care to run from $450.00-$1,000.00 per pet. Our shelter animals are screened for behavioral and health issues, those with issues are addressed, and then every possible attempt is made to make the best possible match with adopting families.

The BCHS is a non-profit organization and we receive no federal funding. We rely soley on donations, bequests, and fundraising initiatives.

Adopting a pet is a serious committment requiring a lifetime of love, companionship, and attention. This is a major responsibility! If you are not positive that you are ready to make this committment, please do not take an animal home!

Adoption Requirements

All puppies under 6 months require mandatory obedience, for which there is a $50.00 deposit. Upon completion of a training course, and providing us with a copy of the certificate, this deposit will be refunded. You will have 90 days from the time of adoption to complete a training course at the location of your choice. Select older dogs may require it as well. This is NOT included in the original adoption price.

We require 2 visits to be made to the shelter before allowing an animal to be adopted. Your first official visit occurs when you visit with the animal outside of its kennel and fill out and turn in the adoption application. Your second visit must happen within 48 hours of the first, but cannot be the same day. We reserve the right to require more than 2 visits.
Adopters living in Butler County adopting a dog will be required to purchase a dog license. All dogs 3 months and over require a license. Licenses are $6.50 for a spayed/neutered dog, and $8.50 for an unspayed/unneutered dog.

Adopters who are interested in adopting a dog and already have a dog(s) at home must bring it/them into the shelter to meet the new dog before an adoption can take place.

Adopters renting will need to bring a lease showing they are allowed to have a pet, and/or we need to speak to the landlord All adults in the household need to meet the animal if it is a dog, or we need to speak to the adults in the household not present at the time of adoption to make sure they are aware there is a pet coming home and are in agreement in the case of a cat.
Under no circumstances do we adopt animals out as gifts. Whoever the animal will be living with needs to meet the pet or we need to speak with them to make sure they are aware an animal is being brought into their home.

NO ANIMALS WILL BE ADOPTED AS OUTSIDE PETS!!! This is stated in the contract. We have a right to make one or more in home visits within 6 months of the adoption.

More Information

All adopters must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid photo ID. Individuals 18 years of age may have someone over 21 co-sign. Our animals do not leave the same day that they are seen. If you find an animal you would like to adopt we have you fill out an application. We will then contact your vet and check the references you provide for us. If everything goes well on your second visit, the animal may leave with you that day.
(Select animals do require more than 2 visits. Please ask staff for details.)

Note: As per our policy, and to make sure adopters are in compliance with state law, no animal will be permitted to leave the shelter until they are spayed or neutered. NO EXCEPTIONS! Everything we do is in the best interest of the animals in our care, and is aimed at giving them the best possible chance of finding a permanent, but also a loving, forever home. They have been through enough, now they deserve the good life.
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