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Adoption Fees

With so many animals in need of loving homes, the adoption option has never been easier!

In addition to giving an animal a second chance with a new family, it is a financial benefit for YOU to adopt! Did you know that on average, a “free” cat or dog will cost you anywhere from $580-$800 just in initial fees such as spaying/neutering, microchipping and initial vaccines? At the Guelph Humane Society these services and procedures are included in the adoption fee, for only a fraction of the price! By adopting you also have the added benefit of having a support system in place that if you need any advice on your new family member, we are only a phone call away!

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Adoption Fees for Cats

Kittens – $250
Adult 
Cats – $225
Senior Cats (7 years and older) – $100
This fee includes over $350 in services, including:

  • spay or neuter
  • vaccinations – age appropriate/up to date
  • rabies vaccine for all pets 4 months of age or older
  • FIV/FelV testing
  • deworming
  • flea treatment
  • ear mite treatment (if needed)
  • break away collar
  • nail trim (if needed)
  • microchip identification implant and tag
  • 6 weeks of OSPCA Pet Insurance
  • 7 day home trial
  • applicable taxes

Please note that cat owners in the City of Guelph are responsible for purchasing a Cat License.

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Adoption Fees for Dogs

Puppies (<6 months old) – $350
Adult Dogs (>6 months old) – $325
Senior Dogs – $275
This fee includes over $400 in services, including:

  • spay or neuter
  • vaccinations – age appropriate/up to date
  • rabies vaccine for all pets 4 months of age or older
  • deworming
  • flea treatment
  • ear mite treatment (if needed)
  • bath and nail trim
  • microchip identification implant
  • 6 weeks of OSPCA Pet Insurance
  • 7 day home trial
  • applicable taxes

Please note that new dog owners are responsible for purchasing a Municipal Dog License.

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Special Souls Adoption Program

Special Souls Animals: Reduced Adoption Prices!

The Special Souls Adoption Program was created to help expedite the adoption for animals which traditionally, would be harder to find loving homes for (e.g., seniors, bonded pairs, shy/scared animals etc.). The program aims to match adopters by informing them for when an animal which meets their indicated preferences becomes available for adoption!

Interested participants complete a survey which Guelph Humane Society will keep on file for 6 months. The Adoption Coordinator will note any special circumstances as noted on the application (e.g., any children in the home, housing situation, fenced-in yard, etc.) and if a potential match comes along, will contact you! There is no fee to participate- and at the end of the 6 months we follow up to see if you’re still interested in finding a special friend! This program can help lessen the lengthy stay of these sweet animals in the shelter by placing them in loving homes faster! For more information OR to receive an electronic Special Soul Adoption Survey, please email adoptions@guelphhumane.ca.

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Adoption Fees for Small Animals

Rabbits  – All rabbits will now be spayed or neutered prior to adoption – $160
Guinea Pigs – $25 or 2 for $35
Hamsters, Mice, Gerbils, Rats, Degus – $10 or 2 for $15
For birds & other exotics – please call the Guelph Humane Society for details 519-824-3091

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Adoption Gift Certificates

Adoption Gift Certificates: Varies!

Are you considering getting a pet for a loved one? Consider our Adoption Gift Certificates! We carry adoption gift certificates for dogs, cats, and small animals. Your loved one gets the chance to come to the shelter to pick their out their new friend, and when everything is settled we contact you to cover the adoption fee! For more information or to pick up your adoption gift certificate, please contact adoptions@guelphhumane.ca!