Adoption Fees

Why we charge an adoption fee

The Humane Society of Charles County (HSCC) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that relies completely on private donations and its own fundraising abilities to operate. We do not receive any federal, state or government funding or any funds from any national animal welfare organizations to operate.

The fees collected from the adoption of each animal help to offset some of the costs involved in providing care for the animals and preparing an animal for placement into a new home.

***** Adoption Fees *****
Puppies (2-6 months) $300
Dogs under 15 lbs (6 months and older) $200
Dogs 16 lbs or more (6 months – 5 years) $150
Senior Dogs (6 years and up) $100
Kittens (Under 6 months)  $125
Cats (6 months – 5 Years)   $65
Senior Cats (6 years and older)  $30
Rabbits, Ferrets, Chinchillas, Snakes, Large Birds $30
Guinea Pigs, Small Birds, Turtles $10
Rats, Mice, Gerbils, Hamsters $5
Seniors (human) adopting Seniors (animal) 50% Discount!


What your adoption fee includes

Canine and felines:  

  • A general physical examination
  • Canine or feline distemper combination vaccination and bordetella (canines only) Age-appropriate canines and felines also receive a rabies vaccination whenever possible
  • Deworming medication
  • Flea/tick treatment (if needed)
  • Canine heartworm test or feline leukemia test (if age appropriate and meets testing guidelines)
  • Spay/neuter surgery (if needed)
  • Microchip implant
  • A coupon for a free healthy pet visit at participating local veterinarians (see coupon provided in adoption packet)

Rabbit, ferret and chinchilla adoption fees include (when available):

  • A general physical examination by our veterinary services staff
  • Spay/neuter surgery (if applicable)
  • Microchip implant
  • A coupon for a free well pet visit at participating local veterinarians (see coupon provided in adoption packet)

View our adoptable animals below

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Purrrrrfect Cats
Purrrrrfect Cats






Small Pets
Small Pets

*CLICK HERE to download and print the Pet Adoption Application

*Downloading an adoption application DOES NOT mean that your application has been approved.  All adoption applications MUST BE BROUGHT TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF CHARLES COUNTY and you MUST INTERACT WITH THE ANIMAL you are applying for and speak with an adoption counselor before any adoptions can be finalized.  If you have any questions please call 301-645-8181.