Basic Adoption Requirements

  • Adopter must be 18 years of age or older.

  • For the safety and health of our animals, we do not ship pets.

  • Pet adoption fees range from $45 to $300. Our adoption fees help to offset the cost of evaluation, housing, feeding and medical care for the thousands of animals needing our help. We do our best to keep our adoption prices reasonable while generating income to support our goal of caring for animals available for adoption until we can place them in a loving home. The adoption fee for each animal varies and is dependent on many factors including: age, size, behavior, medical condition, and public demand.

Each pet will have specific needs and we will work to make adoption matches that maximize the happiness of all pets and people in the household.

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puppy3-cob-webVaccinations – For the safety of your new and existing pets, we recommend that all other household pets are current on vaccines two weeks before welcoming a new animal to your home.

A fenced yard – While big, secure yards may be recommended for some dogs, there are many other dogs that would be perfectly happy in an apartment or home where exercise is obtained from walking or jogging on leash. In fact, leash-walked dogs that get 3 to 4 trips outside per day are often happier than dogs left unattended in a back yard.

Children – Some rescues do not adopt to families with small children, but at Great Plains SPCA, we welcome families! We have many pets that will be great family companions for kids of any age who are supervised and taught to treat pets gently. Please keep in mind that we may decide that certain pets aren’t best for small kids due to temperament. These decisions are always made with child and pet safety in mind.

Indoor vs. outdoor situation – At Great Plains SPCA, we believe strongly that pets are happiest, healthiest and safest when they are welcomed indoors as household companions. Pets allowed outdoors unsupervised are exposed to risks such as disease, theft, escape, auto accidents, wildlife and more. If you still want to keep a pet outdoors, please contact us for suggestions or options.

Declawing – We do not declaw cats at Great Plains SPCA and do not advocate the procedure due to the physical and psychological impact it has on cats. There are several humane and simple alternatives to declawing including trimming the nails, providing a scratching post, or using products such as soft nail caps that will help eliminate the destructive capabilities of claws and keep your cat happy. If you must have a declawed cat, we encourage you to consider an adult cat that has already had the procedure prior to arriving at Great Plains SPCA.

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