Take a New Pet Home!

What you'll need to do

  • Visit our website to see what pets we have for adoption   
  • Narrow down your list to just one or two animals (hint: this is the hardest part!)
  • Email us at springfield@dakinhumane.org and include your name and phone number to learn what we know about the pet and decide if she will be a good match for your home
  • If you rent your home, talk to your landlord before coming to see us—it will make things easier!
  • For the safety of your furry new friend, bring a cat carrier if adopting a cat, or a collar and leash if adopting a dog. We have these available for sale if you don't have them with you at the time of adoption
  • Don't see what you're looking for available from Dakin? Check out Community Pets needing homes page

Adoption Fees

Dakin Humane Society provides valuable care and treatment for all kinds of animals in need. Last year, we found homes for over 3,000 animals. Some of those animals were in need of an extraordinary amount of medical intervention. Our veterinary team works tirelessly to save animals with life threatening conditions.

Variable adoption pricing allows us to provide top quality care for all animals. Having a higher adoption fee for animals that will find a home quickly enables us to care for other animals in need of lifesaving medical and behavioral intervention. Our variable pricing helps us to provide excellent care for animals who reside in our adoption centers for a longer stay.

Dogs

Dog Adoption Fees

  • Adult dogs (6 months or older) $550
  • Puppies (under 6 months) $650

Some animals may have additional fees.

Cats

Cat Adoption Fees

  • Our adoption fee for adult cats (cats 6 months or older) is between $199 and $299
  • The adoption fee for kittens (cats younger than 6 months old) is $399
  • The adoption fee for 2 kittens (cats younger than 6 months old) is $698

Some animals may have additional fees.

Why do different cats have different prices at Dakin?

With all pricing the same, adopters will quickly choose some cats and overlook others. This means some amazing cats will remain waiting at our adoption centers for a long time. We discount the adoption fee on the cats at risk of being overlooked. Lower adoption fees encourage potential adopters to stop and check them out!

Small Animals

Fees for Small Animals: Varies

We help a variety of small furred and feathered animals. Their adoption fees often include discounts for bonded pairs. 

Small animals need big houses! Most cages sold for these types of pets are too small to meet their needs.
 
If you already have housing for the pet you are interested in, please check our housing requirements below to ensure it is large enough for them. We'll need a photo of the housing before adoption, so please include it when you email us that you are interested in adopting.
 
If you haven't purchased housing yet, we sell properly-sized housing at Dakin - please inquire about availability.
 
If you will be purchasing elsewhere;
  • Make arrangements with us first to make sure the pets are still available, and that the shipping time (if applicable) works for adopting the pets from us. We cannot hold pets for extended periods of time
  • Check our housing requirements (below) to ensure that what you are purchasing is the correct size for the pet

Cage/Housing requirements for small animals

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Adoption fees for small animals:

  • Rabbits: $75 (We spay/neuter all rabbits before adoption; bonded pairs are 2 for the price of 1)
  • Guinea pigs: $35 for a single, $20 each additional when being adopted together
  • Hamsters: $17 for a single
  • Gerbils: $15 for a single, $10 each additional when being adopted together
  • Ferrets: $125 for a single, $55 each additional when being adopted together
  • Mice: $10 for a single, $5 each additional when being adopted together
  • Rats: $12 for a single, $8 each additional when being adopted together
  • Degus: $50 (groups to go home together $85)
  • Chinchillas: $150 for a single, $85 each additional when being adopted together
  • Parakeets: $25 for a single, $20 each additional when being adopted together
  • Finches: $15 for a single, $10 each additional when being adopted together (For common species like zebra. Other species please inquire)
  • Lovebirds: $75 for a single, $45 each additional when being adopted together
  • Cockatiels: $100 for a single, $65 each additional when being adopted together
  • Doves: $10 for a single, $5 each additional when being adopted together
  • Other birds: please inquire

Adoption fees for all dogs and cats include:

  • Spay or neuter surgery (We spay/neuter our rabbits, too!)
  • Microchip and registration (a permanent identification to help protect animals from loss or theft)
  • Age appropriate vaccinations: rabies, distemper/parvo, and kennel cough for dogs; rabies and distemper for cats
  • Heartworm testing for dogs; FeLV/FIV testing for cats and FeLV testing for kittens
  • Treatment for routine internal & external parasites, as needed
  • A free examination at a participating veterinary office
  • A 30-day gift of free pet insurance from 24PetWatch (available only upon request)
  • Life-long support from our behavior experts

How long will it take?

Allow yourself plenty of time to meet the animals, complete the paperwork, and ask questions. Once you choose an animal and begin working with an animal resource counselor it generally takes 30 minutes to finish up. Most—but not all—animals are available to go home on the same day.

Holding an animal for another day

We know that some of our adopters need time to think things over and get their supplies ready. If the pet you’ve chosen won’t be going home with you today, we can hold the animal until the close of the following business day for an additional, non-refundable fee of $25.00. You can also place a hold on an animal by phone with a debit or credit card.