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Pet Adoption Program

Check out our adoptable (and adorable) pets

 The links below showcase just a few of the dogs, cats, and other pets at the shelter who are waiting for new homes. There are plenty more waiting at the shelter who are just as adorable and also in need of responsibleIFB-adopt-me-dog guardians.

Before falling in love with a pet, make sure you familiarize yourself with the adoption process, fees, and other information provided below.


Dogs   Cats     Other pets 


What You Should Know About the Adoption Process


Before adopting an animal into your home, we will ask you for some information to help us ensure the well being of the animal you wish to adopt, and to ensure the same for any pets that you may already have at home.

  • Fill out paperwork and answer a few questions.
  • Show proof of identity.
  • Provide veterinary references.
  • Sign an adoption contract. 
  • Pay the appropriate fees (see "Adoption Fees" below).

After visiting with the animal that you are interested in, you will have a counseling session with a staff member who will inform you of the history, special needs, and food and exercise requirements. Feel free to ask questions about spaying or neutering, house training, obedience training, controlling fleas and ticks, and anything else of interest.

Adoption Fees


Species   Fee   Species   Fee  
Puppy (<6 mos) $173.50 Ferret $28
Dog (>6 mos) $143.50 Rabbit $30
Senior Dog (>8 yrs) $78.50 Pocket Pet $3
Kitten (<6 mos) $110 Parakeet $8
Cat (>6 mos) $95 Cockatiel $30
Senior Cat (>8 yrs) $50 Parrot $500
    Macaw $1000

Dog and cat fees cover the veterinary care, spay/neuter surgery, de-worming, vaccines, license, microchip identification, initial dose of flea control, a free starter bag of Hill's Science Diet food, and a free health exam voucher.







Adoption Discounts

  • 2-Fur-1 Cats: Adopt one cat, get second cat free, year round.
  • Senior Person Discount (For non senior animals) 
    $108.50for dogs 
    $65.00 for cats
  • Senior Animal Discount (For non senior citizens)
    $78.50for senior dogs
    $50.00 for senior cats
  • Seniors-For-Seniors Program
    Any person over the age of 60 can adopt any animal over 8 years of age at no charge. License fees will apply for dogs.

Special Promotions  

November Special:

All Senior Dogs (7 years and older) will be $15.00 to adopt and Senior Cats (7 years and older) will be $6.50 to adopt 


Hours & Location


Have questions about adoption or any of the animals you see? Call the office at (585) 428-7274, email us, or visit us (and the animals!) in person. Also, check out our quarterly newsletter to learn more about what's happening at Animal Services.

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