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Animal Adoption Cost Info

By law, all dogs and cats adopted from the Prince William County Animal Shelter must be spayed or neutered. The prices below may not reflect the fact that some veterinarians will itemize a bill (for instance, they may charge separately for anesthesia, boarding, pain medication, etc.). Be sure to get full billing details from your veterinarian.
  • The cost to adopt a dog is $45. This cost includes initial distemper combo vaccine, rabies vaccine, intranasal bordatella and microchip. If the dog is not already spayed or neutered, it will be delivered directly to a contracted veterinarian and the procedure will be completed prior to the dog being taken home. The cost for the spay or neuter of a dog varies, and is payable directly to the veterinarian at the time of pick up. If the dog is not able to have immediate surgery, arrangements will be made between the new owner and the Shelter to have the dog returned on a particular date to have the procedure completed.
  • The cost to adopt a cat is $45. This cost includes initial distemper combo vaccine, rabies vaccine and microchip. If the cat is not already spayed or neutered, it will be delivered directly to a contracted veterinarian and the procedure will be completed prior to the cat being taken home. The cost for the spay or neuter of a cat varies, and is payable directly to the veterinarian at the time of pick up. If the cat is not able to have immediate surgery, arrangements will be made between the new owner and the Shelter to have the cat returned on a particular date to have the procedure completed. 
In addition to the adoption and spay/neuter costs, other veterinary expenses will be incurred. The average costs for heartworm check, fecal check, rabies vaccination, and a series of canine or feline distemper inoculations are outlined below.
Basic Veterinarian Costs
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has national data on the cost of pet ownership. View the PDF document.
 
Getting Started
If you see an animal that interests you, obtain the following information and give it to personnel at the front desk. Dogs in Gates 1-8, wearing blue numbered tags, are available for immediate adoption. Cats  in the Cat Room are also available for immediate adoption. When you give the information listed below to shelter personnel, any knowledge we have about the animal will be shared with you.
 
Dogs/Puppies 
Obtain gate number and number around neck. Blue collars/tags are adoptable.
​Cats/Kittens 
Obtain number hanging from cage.
Blue collar-male; reddish/pink collar-female; white collar-unsexed
 

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