Adoption counselor talks to adopter

Adoption Process and Fees

What to bring: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all adoptions are done by appointment only.

  • 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.
  • Adoption Application (download it here)
  • For Philadelphia adoptions only, please email to find out more about our adoptions by appointment procedures. 

Adoption fees:

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

  • Kittens: $125
  • Good Samaritan Kittens (fancy breeds, long-haired): $150
  • Cats: $60
  • Good Samaritan Cats: $125
  • Puppies: $450
  • Dogs: $150
  • Good Samaritan Dogs (desirable breed): $300
  • Shelter Favorite Dogs (Chosen as a favorite due to length of stay, health or behavioral reasons): $75

*adoption fees effective January 15, 2020

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

Adoption Application (114.97 MB)