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Adoption Fees & FAQ

Adoption Fees


  • Cats under 6 months:  $125
  • Cats 6 months – 6 years:  $100
  • Cats 7 years – 9 years:  $50
  • Cats 10 years plus: $25


  • Dogs under 6 months:  $250
  • Dogs 6 months – 6 years:  $200
  • Dogs 7 years – 9 years:  $100
  • Dogs 10 years plus: $50

As required by law, a $15 fee for a dog license will be added for dogs going to homes in the District of Columbia. Adopters who reside outside of DC should inquire with their local animal control agency about license and other fees associated with pet ownership.


  • Rabbits: $45
  • Guinea Pigs: $20
  • Ferrets: $35
  • Small Birds: $10 (parakeets, finches, etc)
  • Large Birds: $25 (birds larger than a Budgie)
  • 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

All major credit cards and cash accepted. Payment is required at the time of pickup. HRA does not issue refunds of adoption fees and does not exchange animals.

Does HRA offer adoption promotions?

Yes, see below for current adoption promotions offered by the Humane Rescue Alliance.

The Cats go Marching Two by Two

Bring home two cats for one adoption fee. Adopt one cat and HRA will waive the adoption fee for a feline companion (of equal or lesser adoption fee) within two weeks of adoption of the first cat.

Boomer's Buddies
Adopters who are 50 years of age or older may adopt an animal who is 5 years of age or older for a waived fee. Standard adoption procedure applies, and every attempt to make an appropriate match will still be made.

Military-Veteran Discount

HRA celebrates veterans and active military members by offering 50 percent off adoption fees upon presentation of a military ID (active, reserve, or veteran). 

HRA is also a proud partner of Pets for Patriots, whose dedicated team supports military veterans in finding, adopting, and caring for their companion animal(s). Pets for Patriots offers an additional range of benefits to veterans who have completed their membership process, prior to adoption. We are thrilled to work with Pets for Patriots on a parallel mission - lending a voice to adoptable shelter animals, and supporting those who give them loving homes. 

More information about the Pets for Patriots registration process, benefits, eligibility, and animal requirements can be found online at

Small Animals (BOGO & Group Adoption Discount)

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 exceptions apply. Please discuss with an HRA adoption counselor.

Additionally, certain animals (birds, turtles, fish, etc.) may be adopted in groups of three or more. Adopt one at the standard species-specific fee, and each additional animal will be $1.00. The limit to the number of animals in a group adoption will be based on species specific requirements for humane housing, as well as pet limit and/or hobby permit restrictions.

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