General Adoption Information

Hours for Adoptions

Mon, Wed, Thurs, and Fri: 2 pm to 7 pm

Sat and Sun: 11 am to 5 pm

The shelter is closed for adoptions on Tuesdays and legal holidays.

How to Adopt

If you are interested in adopting a companion animal from CCHS, please be sure to read our Adoption Policies and Adoption Procedure.

The first step toward adoption is coming to the shelter to meet the animals.  Please Note:  If you want to walk through the kennel area to look at dogs, we recommend wearing closed-toe shoes.  If you are going to walk or visit with a dog, you must be wearing close-toe shoes (for your own safety).

Adoption Fees

  • Puppies (under 6 months):  $175 and up
  • Dogs (6 months & older):  $115 and up
  • Kittens (under 5 months):  $125 and up
  • Cats (5 months to 10 years):  $75 and up
  • Cats (10 years & older):  $40 and up
  • Rabbits:  $40
  • Guinea Pigs:  $25
  • Other small mammals, exotics, and birds: Prices range from $5 to $80.
  • Highly exotic animals:  Prices to be set by Shelter Management 

Why Do We Charge an Adoption Fee?

Adoption fees help cover the cost of caring for animals during their stay at the shelter. Expenses include food, utilities, equipment, staffing, animal vaccinations, spay/neuter surgeries, and other veterinary care.

What Comes With a CCHS Adoption?

  • Initial health exam by CCHS medical staff
  • Initial vaccines upon intake at CCHS (excludes Feline Leukemia)
  • Rabies vaccination for dog and cats older than 16 weeks.  (Registration pursuant to County/Municipal ordinance is responsibility of adopter)
  • Screening and treatment for internal and external parasites while at CCHS
  • Screening for heartworms (dogs) and feline leukemia (cats)
  • Microchip and registration
  • Free "First Visit" (post-adoption) to a local veterinarian, at participating clinics
  • Discount coupons for pet supplies purchased at Prairieland Feeds

Dogs and cats are the most common pets found at our shelter, but we often have many small mammals (such as hamsters, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets) and a few exotics (iguanas, snakes, birds) available as well.

If the animal that you are initially interested in has already been adopted, we may be able to introduce you to another animal that will provide just as much love for your family. Come out to the shelter to see who's available!

Adoption Opportunities!

Adopting More Than One Adult Cat: A generous donor has established the Ms. Garbo Fund  to cover the second adoption fee when an approved adopter decides to adopt a second adult cat. Ask an Adoptions staff member for more information.

Seniors for Seniors:  The adoption fee will be waived for approved senior-citizen adopters of any cat or dog over 10 years of age. Seniors are eligible at 60 years of age and up.

"Special Adoptions"

Dogs designated as "Special Adoptions" must be enrolled in a dog-training class or scheduled for an appropriate canine behavior consultation as a condition of adoption. All of the following dogs are designated as special adoptions: 

  1. Dogs under 1-year of age
  2. Dogs that the CCHS staff has determined will have an increased chance of success if they are provided with structured guidance and/or training.

Animals in Foster Care

Some animals need a little more TLC than others. Read about our "Home to Home" foster adoptions.