Adoption Policy

All adoptions are first come, first serve. We do not offer holds, however we do offer 3 day home trials.

Requirements:

  • 18 years or older
  • Identification, such as driver license
  • Signature for the Adoption Contract
  • Signature of agreement to Spay/Neuter
  • Cash or Check for the Adoption Fee

Adoption Fees:

  • Adoption fees for dogs is $75, this fee helps to offset the average cost of $105.82 we spend on each dog to provide the following:
    • Distemper/Parvo Vaccine
    • Dewormer
    • Flea Prevention
    • Heartworm Test (if of age)
    • Rabies Vaccine
    • Spay or Neuter
    • Microchip
  • Adoption fees for cats is $40, this fee helps to offset the average cost of $71.17 we spend on each cat to provide the following:
    • Feline Vaccine
    • Dewormer
    • Flea Prevention
    • Rabies Vaccine
    • Spay or Neuter
    • Microchip

Not all animals are spayed or neutered prior to adoption, but everyone does have a scheduled date. The animal can go home the same day of adoption, however, the adopter will be responsible for dropping off and picking up the animal from their spay/neuter appointment.

In general all scheduled spay/neuter and rabies vaccines are scheduled through the Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic. They send a bus typically every 3rd Friday of the month to pick up and drop off animals at the Riverside Park located at 100 W Water St, Rushville, IN 46173.

Adopters do have the option to have the spay/neuter and rabies completed at their vet clinic of their choosing, however, the adoption fee remains the same. The adopter is recommended to ask their vet clinic if they would be willing to bill the Rushville Animal Shelter the total amount that would have been spent had the animal went through the Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic. The adopter will be responsible for any services or fees above and beyond. For example: We spend $40 on a female cat spay and $17 on the rabies vaccine through the Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic. The adopter chooses to use their own vet who charges $140 for a cat spay and $15 for a rabies vaccine. The Rushville Animal Shelter will agree to pay up to $57 towards the spay and rabies vaccine, leaving the adopter to be responsible for the total amount of $83.

Suggestions:

  • Prepare your home for a pet ahead of time
  • Bring a collar and leash or carrier to transport the pet home
  • Bring your dog(s) along for an introduction (some dogs will be required to meet new dogs prior to leaving the shelter)
  • Have all family members in the home help in picking out a new member of the family

*DID YOU KNOW*

Our tax funded budget does not pay for any vet care, such as vaccines or spay and neuter. The only way we can provide these necessary preventative and treatment measures is to depend on adoption fees and monetary donations!