Adoption counselor talks to adopter

Adoption Process and Fees

What to bring:

  • Photo Identification
  • Proof of Address (if current address is different than on ID)
  • Everyone who lives in the home (especially children)
  • If adopting a dog, bring any dogs currently living in the home for a meet. You must bring proof of their up-to-date rabies and distemper vaccinations.
  • Valid Credit Card as form of payment
  • For Philadelphia adoptions only, please see our process: Philadelphia location only click here
  • Printable Adoption Application - click here
  • For the Lancaster Center - adoptions are walk-in. The adoption application can be filled out in advance - click here

Adoption fees:

We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards. (Tax is not included in the fees below.)

  • Kittens: $150
  • Cats: $85
  • Puppies: $450
  • Dogs: $300

*adoption fees effective January 1, 2021

Benefits of adopting from the Pennsylvania SPCA:

  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Microchip with lifetime registration
  • Deworming
  • Age-appropriate vaccines
    • Dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus, Bordetella plus first dose of canine influenza
    • Cats: Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, and calici (for kittens)
  • Rabies vaccines (for animals 3 months & older)
  • Flea & tick prevention
  • Medical evaluation
  • Behavior evaluation
  • Wellness care from our medical staff for 48 hours post-adoption
  • Behavior phone consults with our Behavior & Training team
  • Discounts on training classes and individual sessions
  • The PSPCA will always take the animal back into our care if you are no longer able to keep them

If you have any questions about adoption, please contact

Fill out an adoption application for the Philadelphia location by clicking here.