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The fee for adopting a dog is $130. The adoption includes the following:

  1. Current Licking County License.

  2. Bordetella and DALPP Vaccination.

  3. Microchip

  4. Animals are provided de-wormer (although pups are dewormed by staff).This does not guarantee that your dog will remain worm-free. Please take a stool sample to your veterinarian on the initial visit.

  5. Pre surgery exam from our contracted veterinarian

  6. Booster vaccinations from our contracted veterinarian

  7. Rabies vaccination from our contracted veterinarian

  8. Spay/Neuter- You can make an appointment with your vet and have up to 6 months to provide a receipt and get reimbursed up to $55

   It is always possible that a dog can harbor an illness in an incubation stage and may become ill after adoption. Thus, we cannot guarantee health. However, within 14 days of the initial adoption, you may bring the pet back to the shelter for an exchange of another dog of your choosing.
Except we cannot reuse the dog's license or refund that fee. Upon getting an adoption exchange for either medical or behavior problems, the adopter must pay for a different dog license.

   The future health of the pet is the responsibility of the adopter. The dog should have regular veterinary care, including parasite stool examination and treatment when necessary, yearly vaccinations (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus). Rabies vaccinations should be given every 1-3 years. Dogs should be tested periodically for heart worms and receive preventive treatment.

   Adopters must be at least 18 years of age. Adoptions will be permitted only to a responsible individual. We discourage the adoption of puppies under the age of four months to homes with small children.

We recommend that no dog be used exclusively as a guard dog, hunting dog, or to be chained outside continuously. For large dogs, a large fenced area is highly recommended.

All pertinent animal protection and control laws must be obeyed.


Our adoption policies were established to ensure the placement of our dogs into permanent, responsible homes, and they comply with the guidelines and regulations set by Licking County Dog Wardens Office. If you have any questions about these policies, feel free to consult one of our staff members.

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