Fees & Procedures

Dog Adoptions

Anyone interested in adopting a dog that is within the holding period must complete a temporary adoption application (PDF) and fax or bring the completed form to the animal shelter. We will contact the most suitable home when the dog becomes available for adoption. All dogs adopted will be given their first distemper shot, first dose of worm medicine, an intranasal bordetella injection and the current year dog license.


  • $86 not neutered (includes a $30 certificate to use toward the spay/neuter of your new pet)
  • $56 neutered

Cat Adoptions

All cats adopted will be given their first distemper shot and first dose of worm medicine.


  • $40 not neutered (includes a $30 certificate to use toward the spay/neuter of your new pet)
  • $20 neutered

Spaying / Neutering

All pets adopted are required to be spayed / neutered by the veterinarian of your choice within 45 days from the date of adoption or when the puppy / kitten reaches six months of age.

Health Examination Coupon

With each pet adopted, you will receive a coupon for a free health examination at the vet of your choice within Miami County.

Rescue Policy

The Miami County Animal Shelter is very happy to work with rescue groups. However, our first priority is to place a pet in a good, permanent home.

Rescue groups will be considered last resort adopters. Rescues may put their name on a dog and if the dog is not adopted in a timely manner and depending on space availability at the shelter, they will be called if we need them to adopt the dog. They are at no time to have first choice at the dog. The Director will decide at what point a dog will be placed in rescue.

If you are a 501(c)3 rescue group you may be eligible to receive our discounted adoption fee for various dogs needing homes.

Things to Know Before You Visit...

  • Plan to come at least an hour or more before closing. It takes time to select your new best friend and several minutes to fill out the necessary paperwork and process an adoption.
  • The shelter is generally crowded between 3-4 pm on weekdays and 11-12 pm on Saturday so please be patient as you may have to wait to see the dog you've chosen. Plan to come in early and allow a little extra time to fill out the necessary paperwork.
  • Bring all family members along to meet the dog you are considering for adoptionYour new dog will be part of the family and we want to make sure it gets along well with everyone who lives in the household.
  • We encourage you to bring in any existing dogs you have in the home to meet the dog you decide on before finalizing your adoption.
  • Bring your wallet and a photo ID! We accept cash or checks. We do not accept debit or credit cards.