Adoption Fees & Process

Adoption Steps:

1) Submit an online adoption application & contract or visit us to complete a paper application. There is no fee application fee.
We call pre-approved adopters when pets become available. Many pets are adopted by pre-approved applicants before they are posted to the website.

2) Once your application is approved we will call to schedule an appointment for you to visit the pet you applied for. We will ask you to sign a liability waiver before meeting the pets. If you have a dog or dogs in the home already, we will ask that you bring them to the appointment but leave them in the car until after you have met the shelter dog. If all goes well, we can introduce the shelter dog to your dog(s).

3) If you decide the pet is a good fit, we can will finalize the adoption that day. Please note, LRHS does not “hold” pets. Our goal is to get pets into loving homes as quickly as possible.

If a pet has a known medical condition or behavioral issue, LRHS will make certain you are aware of the issue(s) before you adopt.

Adopters will receive a certificate for a free veterinary exam by Winter Harbor Veterinary Hospital, Meadow Pond Veterinary Hospital or The Kindness Animal Hospital, copies of all medical and behavioral paperwork, a free starter bag of food, and other goodies to help with the transition into a new home.


Canine Adoption Fees

  • Puppies (8 weeks -1 year): $350*
  • Dogs-Adult: $300
  • Dogs over 7 years old: $125

Cat Adoption Fees

  • Kittens (8 weeks to 1 year): $160*
  • Cats-Adults: $85
  • Cats over 7 years old: $70

*Spay/Neuter Deposit

A refundable $40 deposit is required for all puppies/kittens who are adopted before LRHS can spay/neuter them. Once you get them spayed/neutered, your $40 deposit will be refunded to you.

Military Discount

With proof of military ID, veterans and military personal qualify to have all their adoption fees sponsored by Chris’s Pets for Vets. Spay/neuter deposits will remain the responsibility of the adopter.

Senior to Senior Discount

This discount is offered to adults 65-75 years old. If you qualify for the Sr. to Sr. discount we will match you up with an animal over the age of 7 for a discounted rate. This discount is not to be combined with any other offer or discounts.

  • Cats over the age 7 = $20 off the original adoption fee.
  • Dogs over the age of 7 =$40 off the original adoption fee.

Barn Cat Program

Welcoming a cat into your barn can decrease rodent populations and, as a result, help to protect your food supplies, electrical wiring and insulation. These hand selected cats enjoy living independently and hunting but are not necessarily fond of human contact or living in a home.

There is no fee to adopt a barn cat. Donations to assist with medical care are appreciated but not required.

How it works:

  1. Submit the “Barn Cat Adoption Application & Contract
  2. Once approved, you will be placed on the “Barn Cat Call List”
  3. LRHS will call you when your barn cat is ready for adoption!

Every barn cat departing LRHS will have the following vetting completed:

  • Spay/Neuter surgery
  • Ear tipped
  • Negative FIV and Feline Leukemia test
  • Rabies and Distemper Vaccinations
  • Microchip
  • Flea/Tick preventative (good for 1 month)

In return for this complimentary service LRHS asks that you commit to providing your barn cat with:

  • fresh cat food and water daily
  • a dry and secure barn, garage, warehouse or building for cats to reside in
  • long term veterinary care as needed