Adoption fees help offset the cost of evaluating, housing, feeding and providing medical care for the 21,000-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.
Adoption fees are listed on the pet's kennel card.
General adoption fees:
- Cat: $35 - $110
- Kitten (under 6 months*): $110 - $160
- Dog: $160 to $610
- Puppy (four months & younger*): $185 - $610
* A $10 fee applies if a kitten or puppy received special care in our foster program. This fee helps defray the cost of medical treatment, food and other supplies.
For animals 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 HSPPR, the $50 deposit will be refunded to the adopter via check mailed through USPS. Please allow 10-14 business days to receive your refund.
All dogs must leave on a leash and cats and other small animals must leave in a carrier.
Adoption fees for other types of animals vary; small animals like gerbils, rats, bunnies and ferrets range from $10 to $80, 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 719-473-1741 or email us.
Please note that we do not accept checks for adoption fees. Adoption fees can be paid using cash, Mastercard or Visa only.