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.

*****NEW****** ALL DOGS are required to leave the shelter once adopted on a leash/collar. When adopting a dog, please bring these items with you. However, if you do not have them, NO WORRIES — we’ve got your #HSCCRescue Leash/Collar available for purchase. Help the shelter, help the pets by purchasing a dog leash and collar, or a cat collar!

Dog leashes are $10
Dog collars $15 (all sizes)
Cat collars $8

The leash and collar are REQUIRED for dogs!

Adoption Fees 

Pet Type

Age of Pet

Adoption Fee

Kitten Under 6 Months Old $125.00
Senior Cats
Over 6 Months Old
7 Years & Up
Puppies 2 Months – 1 Year Old $300.00
Dog Small Breed (Under 15 lbs) 1 Year Old – 7 Years $225.00
Dog Medium/Large Breed 1 Year Old – 7 Years $175.00
Senior Dog

Rabbits, Ferrets, Chinchillas,
Large Birds, Snakes, Lizards

7 Years & Up

All Ages



Rats, Mice, Gerbils, Hamsters All Ages $5.00
Guinea Pigs, Small Birds, Turtles All Ages $10.00
Dog Collar (Required upon adoption)
Dog Leash (Required upon adoption)
Cat Collar
All Sizes $15.00 (all sizes)

What does your adoption fee cover:

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

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

  • A general examination by intake staff. 

View our adoptable animals below

Go Fetch
Go Fetch
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.