Application & Fees

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Application & Fees

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Dogs

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Dog adoption fees, which include core vaccinations, tests for Heartworm, Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis, and heartworm, treatment for internal parasites, flea treatment and prevention, microchipping, spay/neuter surgery, and a rabies vaccination for dogs over 6 months old, are as follows:

Dog Adoption Fees

  • Puppy (8 weeks up to 12 months): $350 or 2 for $550
  • Young Adults (1 year up to 4 years): $300 or 2 for $500
  • Adult  (4 years up to 8 years): $250 or 2 for $450
  • Elder (8 years plus): $125 or 2 for $200

Transport Dog Adoption Fees
(rescues from out of state, such as Puerto Rico, Mississippi or Texas)

  • Transport Puppy (8 weeks to 12 months): $400 or 2 for $650*
  • Transport Young Adults (1 year up to 4 years): $350 or 2 for $550*
  • Transport Adult  (4 years up to 8 years): $300 or 2 for $500
  • Transport Elder (8 years plus): $150 or 2 for $250

* Unfortunately we are unable to offer any discounts on adoption fees for transport dogs under 4 years of age. Also, we can only apply one discount to any adoption special. (ie, 2 adult dogs for $450 OR senior, veteran or first responder 25% discount)

Please note that filling out an application for an animal does not guarantee your adoption. We match dogs with adopters on a first come, first considered basis and we only keep your application active for 24 hours after you have physically met the dog. Unfortunately, we cannot hold dogs longer because they deserve every chance to be in a loving home as soon as possible. Once you have come to the shelter, we will consider your application, check references (if applicable), confirm housing and let you know if you have been accepted. You can either pay the adoption fee over the phone or come in the next day to pay and complete the adoption.

View our online Adoption Application

Cats

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Cat adoption fees, which include initial kitten vaccines, tests for FIV and FeLV, treatment for internal parasites, flea treatment, microchipping, spay/neuter surgery, and a rabies vaccine for kittens over 6 months old, are as follows:

Cat Adoption Fees

  • Kitten (8 weeks up to 7 months):  $185 or adopt two for $275
  • Young cats (7 months up to 2 years):  $150 or adopt two for $250
  • Adult (2 years up to 8 years):  $100 or adopt two for $150
  • Elder (8 years and older):  $35 or adopt two for $50
  • Barn/Community Cat (any age):  $35 or adopt two for $50

We can only apply one discount to any adoption special. (ie, 2 kittens for $275 OR senior, veteran or first responder 25% discount)

Please note that filling out an application for an animal does not guarantee your adoption. We match cats with adopters on a first come, first considered basis and we only keep your application active for 24 hours after you have physically met the cat. Unfortunately, we cannot hold cats longer because they deserve every chance to be in a loving home as soon as possible. Once you have come to the shelter, we will consider your application, confirm housing and let you know if you have been accepted. Cat adoptions typically occur on the same day.

View our online Adoption Application

Small Animals

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Small Animal Adoption Fees

  • Rabbits $25
  • Guinea Pigs $20
  • Hamsters $15
  • Chinchillas $60
  • Rats $15
  • Ferrets $60
  • Mice $10 (as pets only)
  • Birds $20

View our online Adoption Application

Also included in the adoption fee:

  • Free health exam within 10 days of adoption at participating area veterinarians
  • One month of free health insurance
  • All dogs and cats are microchipped

Additional information:

  • We now require valid photo ID (driver’s license, state ID, passport, etc.) for all adoptions. If you rent your home, we also require consent from your landlord to have an animal. Please provide a letter or contact name and number so we can confirm the information.
  • HSWA offers a 25% discount for senior citizens (65+), first responders, veterans and long term foster volunteers**. We simply ask for ID verification.
  • Cardboard cat carriers are available for a fee of $5 plus tax.
  • Collars and leashes may be purchased in our lobby.
  • Microchips are available post adoption or to the public for a fee of $25.

Special discounts are available on some of our special needs pets. Please ask us for more information.

*Note:  prices are subject to change without notice.

Consistent with humane philosophy, and Maine law, all dogs and cats must be spayed/neutered prior to adoption, or arrangements made for future spay/neuter made at the time of adoption and completed before the adoption contract becomes valid. If the spay/neuter is not completed as arranged the adoption contract becomes invalid and the pet reverts to the ownership of the Humane Society Waterville Area.

**The foster discount only applies to volunteers who have provided long term or staff requested fostering (ie, raising kittens from birth, socializing kittens, caring for a dog while waiting for a spay/neuter surgery date, etc.). It does not apply to someone who is fostering an animal to see if the pet will fit in at their home. Please speak to our Animal Care Manager for clarification.

Our adoption policy is “First Come, First Considered.” If you need clarification about how this works, please call the shelter at 207-873 2430 or email info@hswa.org