We’re often asked why we charge adoption fees for our animals. The honest answer? We need to recover some costs. Zoe’s runs completely on donations, and like most volunteer organizations, we rarely have little more than lint in our pockets. Every animal we bring in needs medical care, whether it’s a basic checkup and vaccines, or major surgeries. And although our vets give us a discount, we still have to pay for much of this medical care. If you’ve owned an animal before, you know it adds up fast. So adoption fees are one way that we can stay afloat and continue to save lives.
Another reason why we charge adoption fees is that pets are never really ‘free’, and we need to know that adopters can acknowledge that.
So, you’re still reading. Good. Here’s what we charge for a spayed/neutered, microchipped, dewormed, and vaccinated animal:
Please note: kittens and puppies have to get three sets of shots, if adopted out before 16 weeks old, the adopter will be required to get their last set of shots.
o $300 for dogs over a year of age
o $350 for dogs under a year of age
o $300 for a bonded pair of dogs.
o $125 for cats over a year of age
o $200 for a bonded pair of cats over a year of age
o $150 for a single kitten
o $250 for two kittens
Our high demand animals, and those who have had extensive medical care, may have higher adoption fees. We post fee differences in the animal’s profile.
Animal adoption fees can be paid by cash, money order, or email money transfer.
Bonus: your animal rescue adoption fee includes 6 weeks of pet insurance from Petsecure which can be activated by dialing 1-800-268-1169. It is your choice if you continue your insurance after 6 weeks (Zoe’s receives a donation from Petsecure for each policy sold) but there are many scenarios to consider, including:
o Tests and medication
o Dental treatment
o Preventative care
Cats/kittens are not tested for FIP/FeLV. This is due to a few reasons; it generally takes at least a month (even up to a year) for any feline to become positive, tests can be false results, you have to wait months in between tests for accurate testing, vaccinated cats/kittens can be positive due to the antibodies in the vaccine, and it is expensive test. Though we will always do the test if the feline comes from a hoarding home, has a UTI, or bite/scratch wounds from cat fights.
Please discuss with your vet in regards to any testing or vaccination protocols in the future.