- Spay or neuter surgery
- Voucher for a veterinary exam
- One year license
- Pet health insurance
- ... A furry friend!
Adoption fees help offset the cost of evaluating, housing, feeding and providing medical care for the 9,000-plus animals we shelter each year. Because we are a nonprofit, donations subsidize the gap between the cost for care and the adoption fee. It is through the generosity of our donors that we have the resources to help so many unwanted, abandoned and abused animals.
Like many animal shelters across the country, we use variable adoption pricing. We can help more animals in need by pricing pets in high demand at a higher rate, so the money raised by their adoption helps the other animals in our care that require extensive medical care or need more time to find a home. We often reduce the adoption fees on these harder-to-place pets, to help them find homes.
Variable adoption fees are listed on the pet's kennel card; cat adoption fees range from $50 to $195, and dog adoption fees range from $67 to $295. Most cats are $50 to adopt, and most dogs are $80. Puppies four months and younger are $88. A one year licensing fee of $12 is added to the adoption fee if the adopter lives in a local licensing jurisdiction.
Adoption fees for cats and dogs include sterilization, vaccinations, a microchip, a free health exam at one of the many participating veterinary clinics, deworming for young animals, a one-year license, pet health insurance and an informational packet. For animals that are not already spayed or neutered, a $50 refundable deposit is required by state law (House Bill 1185). This bill seeks to help decrease the pet overpopulation problem in Colorado. Once proof of sterilization is returned to the Humane Society, the $50 deposit will be refunded to the adopter. All dogs must leave on a leash and cats must be in a carrier.
Adoption fees for other types of animals vary; small animals like gerbils, rats, bunnies and ferrets range from $5 to $65, depending on the species. Exotic animals and birds are priced on a per-case basis. Horses are adopted through a sealed bidding process, and bids must be submitted in person; for more information on adopting horses, please call us at 719.544-3005 or email us.
Please note that we do not accept checks for adoption fees.