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The following are the adoption fees and policies of the Humane Society of Ventura County:
- The fee for all dog and cat adoptions is $120.
- The fee for all horse adoptions is $200.
- The fee for all other adoptions varies depending on the animal.
- We now have a “Seniors” program:
- Any dog or cat age 5 or older is adoptable for $75.
- Senior to senior program. Senior humans looking to adopt a senior animal is $60.
Those wishing to adopt a pet must provide either proof of ownership of the residence or a rental agreement for that address indicating that pets are allowed.
Please note the Humane Society of Ventura County may have special requirements and restrictions on animals available for adoption. Animals rescued in the field from abuse or neglect cases will be overseen by our Humane Officers on a case by case basis.
Included with every dog adoption will be the first DHPP shot of the series (if age allows), a rabies vaccine (if age allows), a wellness check good for up to three days from participating veterinarians, implanting an identification microchip (registration extra), spay or neuter surgery, if necessary, as well as a collar, ID tag, and a leash.
For dog adoptions, a yard check will be performed prior to adoption. In addition to adequate fencing and shelter, those wishing to adopt a pet must provide either proof of ownership of the residence or a rental agreement for that address indicating that pets are allowed.
Cat adoptions will include the first FVRCP shot in the series, a leukemia test (if age allows), rabies vaccine, a medical exam good for up to three days from participating veterinarians, deworming, implanting an identification microchip (registration extra), spay or neuter surgery if necessary as well as a safety collar, ID tag, and a cardboard carrier.
A Few Things To Consider
When faced with the charms of a delightfully rambunctious puppy, squirming delightedly at the thought of being adopted, many find it hard to consider the long-term costs and responsibilities of pet ownership. When your face is being flooded with puppy kisses, that is understandable to some degree, but puppies do grow and financial responsibilities set in.
- The time to consider what type of pet is most appropriate, and how much you can afford to pay for the animal’s care, is before you adopt.
- Far beyond buying an occasional bag of generic food, the costs of pet ownership can reach more than $300 a year for even the smallest dog.
- Those considering adopting a pet should first price a nutritionally balanced diet. This will average from $180 to $540 per year depending on the size of the animal you will be feeding.
- Next, call a veterinarian and determine how many office visits are required each year to keep a pet healthy and what additional costs, such as vaccinations and spaying or neutering, will be.
- Don’t forget to factor in the costs of a license and other necessities such as collar, leash, food and water bowls, flea treatments, identification tags and boarding when the family goes on vacation.
- If your home is not equipped with a suitable fence and shelter, those are additional costs that should be factored in to the cost of pet ownership.
While a pet can bring many years of happiness, knowing what you can afford, before you adopt an animal, is the best way to ensure you get a pet that meets your needs and the animal gets an owner who can meet its needs.