Adoption Policies & Fees

Only one in three animals has a home that lasts their entire lifetime. Will you be one?

Finding your perfect pet can be a challenge, especially since there are so many gorgeous furry faces at the shelter to choose from, all looking for a new home. Don't worry though! We have streamlined our adoption process to make it easier and faster to find your perfect companion. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you find just the right pet for you so that visiting the shelter is not overwhelming. 

So how does the process work if you’re interested in a dog? We participate in a program through the ASPCA called Meet Your Match. The program starts with a potential adopter filling out a pre-adoption form to tell us a little more about their household, lifestyle, and what they’re looking for in a canine companion. Adoption counselors are trained to take that pre-adoption form and match it with what is called a Canine-Ality, basically the dog’s version of a pre-adoption form. This helps us ensure a good strong match, in hopes that the animal being adopted is truly going to his/her forever home. To learn more about the program, click here. After the pre-adoption phase, we then move on to visiting the dog in our visiting room. If there are any other dogs at home, or other people living in the home, we require them to meet the dog as well. After this, if all checks out, we can complete an adoption. The process itself takes anywhere from 15-30 minutes, and we just need a photo identification to process your adoption.

What if you’re interested in a cat? We also have a pre-adoption form in place for cats. And while there is a Meet Your Match program just for felines, it is not something we have yet implemented at BHS. But with things we have learned through years of making matches, we try to ensure we place any new feline family members into their forever homes as well. If things check out on paper, just like with dogs, we go into a visiting room! While we do require all members of the family to meet the cat, we do not perform cat-to-cat, or cat-to-dog visits. If things work out, we then go through a similar adoption process. This one takes anywhere from 10-20 minutes

Dog Pre-adoption Survey

Dog Adoption Fees

Puppies 8 wks - 6 months $350
Small dogs Under 30 pounds $180
Young dogs 7 mths - 4 yrs $125
Mature dogs 5 yrs - 6 yrs $100
Older dogs 7+ yrs $50
Older small dogs Over 7 yrs &
under 30 pounds

 Cat Pre-Adoption Survey

Cat Adoption Fees

Kittens 8 wks - 6 months $100
Young cats 7 mths - 4 yrs $75
Mature cats 5 yrs - 10 yrs $40
Older cats 11 yrs and over Fee Waived



Adopt two pets at the same time and receive a 50% discount on the second adoption fee! This applies to all pets of any age.

Seniors receive a 50% discount on dogs and cats 7 months and older. Click here for more information!

Active military members and veterans receive a 50% discount on dogs and cats 7 months and older. Click here for more details!

Please note: we are not able to offer double discounts. For example: if dogs are 50% off due to a current special promotion, we are not able to offer an additional 50% off for senior discounts. Thank you for understanding!