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Adoption Fees:

Fees include spay/neuter surgery and first vaccinations. Note: The Maryland SPCA does not accept personal checks for adoption fees. We do accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover.

  • Medium and large dogs: $125
  • Small dogs: $250
  • Puppies (under 6 months): $250 + $75 required training class fee:
  • Cats: $55
  • Kittens (under 6 months): $100

Plus, there is a required $25 Pet ID Package. This includes a microchip, collar, and personalized ID tag. A Baltimore City pet license required for all Baltimore City adopters is $10. The retail value of the microchip service alone is $35–$60.

Adopt two cats or kittens at the same time, and the adoption fee for the second pet is half price!

LUCKY 7: Do you have lots of time and lots of love to offer an older dog or cat? Consider welcoming an older pet into your home. Special donors have made it possible for us to waive the adoption fee on select cats and dogs who are seven years of age or older. The Pet ID Package fee is still required.

SPECIAL NEEDS: We also adopt out special needs dogs for reduced fees.

 

WHAT THE ADOPTION FEES INCLUDE COMPARED TO GETTING A "FREE" CAT OR DOG FROM A FRIEND OR NEIGHBOR:

Pet Owner Expenses Given To You Maryland SPCA
Initial Adoption Fee Free $55-$250
Spay/Neuter Surgery $50-$100 Included
General Health/Behavior Exam  $25-$35 Included
Microchip Identification $35-$60 Included
Initial Vaccinations (FVRCP/Cats; DHLPP/Dogs)  $35 Included
Canine Bordatella (For Most Dogs)  $20 Included
Rabies Vaccination $17-$20 Included
De-Worming $10 Included
Tests (FELV/Cats; Heartworm/Dogs)  $20-$60  Included
Treatments (Antibiotics, Mitaclear, etc.)  $5-$10 Included
Revolution treatment for fleas, heartworm, and other parasites  $45-$60 Included
Temporary Carrier, Leash, Collar, ID Tag  $5-$10 Included
Nutritious Food/Treats during Stay  $25-$30 Included
Supplies during Stay (litter, toys, towels, etc.)  $15-$20  Included
Resources: Behavior Advice Pre and Post-Adoption $25-$50 Included
Love and Attention Priceless Included
Total Costs $332-$490 $55-$250