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8495 State Route 143 Edwardsville, IL 62025 | (618) 656-4405 | info@mehs.org 

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The Adoption Process and Fees


Sometimes, people ask why we don't give animals away if we genuinely want to find them homes. Our adoption fee serves two purposes.

First, it helps to defray some of the costs of operating the shelter. Adoption fees recover about 1/3 of our expenses to care for our animals. We do not receive any funding from local, state or federal government agencies. We also do not receive funding from any national welfare organizations.

Second, we want to place animals in homes with adopters who are able and willing to pay the average expense incurred in owning a pet. Our adoption fee is approximately equal to the cost of an annual exam and vaccinations for a healthy pet. Owning a pet is a lifetime financial commitment.
 

  • Initial DHLPP vaccination

  • Bordatella vaccination

  • Rabies vaccination *

  • Parvo test (dogs under 5 months)

  • Deworming

  • Spay / Neuter

  • Microchip and Registration

  • Heartworm test (dogs over 6 months old)

  • Collar / Leash / ID Tag

  • Toys, treats, and bag of food

Cat/Kitten

Adoptions Include:

Dog/Puppy

Adoptions Include:

  • Initial FVRCP vaccination

  • Rabies vaccination *

  • Deworming

  • Spay / Neuter

  • Microchip and Registration

  • FIV / Leukemia test

  • Cardboard Carrier

  • Toys, treats, and bag of food

Adoption Fees

$150 Adult Dogs

4 months & older

$175 Puppies

under 4 months

Adoption Fees

$50 Adult Cats

4 months & older

$75 Kittens

under 4 months

A typical owner would pay $400 to $500 for the same services. 

    *If an adopted pet does not already have a rabies vaccination, we pay the $12 expense.


Sometimes, we are asked why we don't give animals away if we really want to find them homes. Our adoption fee serves 2 purposes.

First, it helps to defray some of the costs of operating the shelter. About 1/3 of our costs are recovered through adoption fees. We do not receive any funding from local, state or federal government agencies. We also do not receive funding from any national welfare organizations.

Second, we want to place animals in homes with adopters who are able and willing to pay the normal expense incurred with owning a pet. Our adoption fee is approximately equal to the cost of an annual exam and vaccinations for a healthy pet. Owning a pet is a lifetime economic commitment.
 

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