Adoption FAQs

Our staff is here to help. We’ll be your guides to finding the animal that’s the right fit for you and your lifestyle.

Puppies (less than 6 months): $450
Older puppies (6 months to under 1 year): $395
Young adults (1 to under 3 years): $300
Adults (3 to under 8 years): $275
Seniors (8 years and over): $200
Special needs: by donation

Kittens (less than 6 months): $200
Older kittens (6 months to under 1 year): $180
Young adults (1 year to under 3 years): $150
Adults (3 to under under 8 years): $100
Seniors (8 years and over): $75
Special needs: by donation
Two kittens (under 6 months): $360
Two kittens (6 months to under a year): $324

** Fees are subject to change. We reserve the right to ask for an increased adoption fee for certain breeds or animals that require extra care. **

Senior (applies to adopter 65+): 10%
Senior for Senior Program**: $150.00 for dogs / $50.00 for cats
Veterans: 10%

** To participate in the Senior-to-Senior program, dogs must be 8 years or older, cats must be 10 years or older, and adopters must be 65+ years or older.

If the right match is made and your application is approved, you will be scheduled for an adoption orientation where an Adoption Associate will talk you through the adoption packet filled with helpful information to ease your transition to pet care-taking.

If you are 2nd, 3rd, or 4th in line for an animal, we will let you know your status and will notify you if the animal becomes available to you.

Please note that just because you submitted an adoption application does not mean that animal is automatically on hold just for you.

To place the animal on hold and schedule an adoption paperwork appointment, we ask you to pay a $50 adoption hold deposit that will be applied toward the full price of adoption and is nonrefundable. We’ll then schedule a time for you to pick up your new animal! Your pick-up appointment must be scheduled and completed by close of business the next day. You will not be able to meet with the animal again, it will just be for finalizing adoption paperwork and leaving with the animal. Adopters must be prepared to take home the animal.
Our animals come from a variety of sources. We work with nearby town officials handling stray and unclaimed dogs and cats, rescue organizations who transport animals from high-kill shelters throughout the country, and owners who can no longer care for their pets. Every animal that comes to NCAL receives a medical evaluation, spay or neuter, vaccinations, a microchip, enrichment and love.
We are currently receiving a high demand for our animals, so your patience is appreciated until someone from our team is able to respond to you. Applications will be responded to in order of which they are received. Thank you for your understanding during this process.
North Country Animal League Central Vermont

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