Before you plan to adopt an animal,
The Humane Society of Kent County Maryland would like for you to take into consideration the following:

Adoption Fee

Our adoption fees only cover a small portion of the cost to care for the animals in our shelter. These fees may include, but are not limited to, spay/neuter (if the animal is old enough), vaccines, blood testing for diseases, monthly preventatives (such as flea and heartworm prevention) and microchipping. Once adopted, all follow-up care is the responsibility of the adopter.

Expectations

We all have an ideal image of what we would like our pets to be – flawless and obedient. The reality is that shelter animals are often given up because people failed to provide them with the care or training they needed. The shelter staff works very hard to step in and work with these animals so they become highly adoptable. House training & obedience training must continue when you adopt.

Financial

The costs of feeding, monthly preventatives, and regular veterinary care for just one pet can be upwards of $1,000 per year. Please be prepared for the costs involved in owning an animal.

Time

Animals are companions and deserve to have time and attention from humans. If you work long hours or have other lifestyle activities that keep you busy, a pet may not be ideal at this time.

Commitment

Adopting a pet should not be an impulse decision. Please give this decision plenty of thought to determine if this animal will fit into your lifestyle. Pets can have an average lifespan of 12 to 20 years.

What's included in our Adoption Fees





ALL CATS WILL RECEIVE

  • Distemper Vaccine/Booster
  • Otomite Earmite Treatment/Preventative
  • Rabies Vaccine (if over the age of four months)
  • Treatment against Fleas and Intestinal Parasites
  • Testing for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency virus (FIV)
  • A Three-day Dose of Wormer (for kittens under eight weeks of age)
  • A Microchip
  • In addition, it is HSKC policy that any cat over two months of age will be spayed/neutered before leaving the shelter.




ALL DOGS WILL RECEIVE

  • Kennel Cough Vaccine/Booster
  • Distemper Vaccine/Booster
  • Rabies Vaccine (if over four months of age)
  • Earmite Treatment/Preventative
  • Treatment against Heartworm Disease and Intestinal Parasites
  • Testing for Heartworm Disease
  • A Microchip
  • In addition, it is HSKC policy that any dog over two months of age will be spayed/neutered before leaving the shelter.

Adoption Fees:

Kittens and Adult Cats – $75.00
Puppies (under 1 yr) – $250.00
Adult Dogs (1-6 yrs) – $175.00
Senior Animals (7+) – $25.00

Kent County law requires any resident of Kent County that owns a dog over 4 months of age to purchase a county dog license every fiscal year beginning July 1.
License fees are: Altered – $5.00, Unaltered – $10.00.
This fee is not included in the adoption fee.

If you are still interested in adopting after reading this, please complete our Adoption Application.