Before you plan to adopt an animal,
The Animal Care Shelter for Kent County would like 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.


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.


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.


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.


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


  • 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 ACSKC policy that any cat over two months of age will be spayed/neutered before leaving the shelter.


  • 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 ACSKC policy that any dog over two months of age will be spayed/neutered before leaving the shelter.

Adoption Fees:

Kittens (under 1 yr)- 75.00
Adult Cats – 45.00
Puppies (under 1 yr) – 250.00
Adult Dogs – 175.00
Senior Animals (7+) – FREE

Ready to adopt your forever friend? Please complete our Adoption Application to get started!