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Adoption Fees & FAQ

Adoption Fees


  • Cats under 6 months:  $150
  • Cats 6 months – 8 years:  $100
  • Cats 8 years and up:  $75


  • Dogs under 6 months:  $250
  • Dogs 6 months – 8 years:  $200
  • Dogs 8 years and up:  $150

As required by law, a $15 fee for a dog license will be added for dogs going to homes in the District of Columbia.


  • Rabbits, Ferrets, Large Birds, Large Reptiles: $45
  • Guinea Pigs, Turtles, Other Small Animals: $10

Adoption fee includes spay/neuter or fee-waived spay/neuter surgery to be redeemed at HRA, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip, and heartworm test (dogs 6 months and older).

Effective May 1, 2020, the Humane Rescue Alliance will no longer routinely test cats for feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) prior to adoption. Read More

Cat and Small Animal Group Adoption Discount

Cats and some species of small animals benefit from companionship, adopt one and HRA will waive the adoption fee for the second when adopted in pairs. Certain animals (birds, turtles, fish, etc.) may be adopted in groups of three or more, adopt one at the standard species-specific fee and we will waive the adoption fee for each additional animal.

Military Discount

HRA celebrates veterans and active military members by offering 25% off adoption fees upon presentation of a military ID (active, reserve, or veteran).

Senior Discount

HRA will provide a discount of 25% off adoption fees for seniors age 55 and over upon presentation of a photo ID.

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