Dog Adoption Fee

Adult Dog (1 year and over) Adoption Fee is $325.
Puppy (under 1 year) Adoption Fee is $375.
(Both fees include spay/neuter)

This fee covers a number of services to provide you with a healthy pet. Adult HART dogs have been altered and puppies who are not old enough to be altered prio to adoption will receive a certificate to cover the cost of the spay/neuter at designated HART vets. HART dogs and puppies receive vaccinations appropriate to their age. Please note that puppies require multiple boosters to prevent distemper and parvo. Once a puppy is adopted the new owner takes over the cost of further vaccinations. Adult dogs are tested for Heartworm/Lyme/Erlichea.

Our Adoption Fee is less than what you would pay for these veterinary services individually! A random survey conducted in October 2011 of Northern Virginia Veterinary Clinics provided the following price ranges for the services indicated:

  • Office Visit $53 (necessary anytime the dog is seen at the vet, even for vaccines)

  • Sterilization of Rescue Animals is mandated by Commonwealth Law

    Neuter (Male) $362-$411
    Spay (Female) $410-$470

    These fees do not include pre-screening, post-surgical drugs or antibiotic medications, or extended hospitalization for complications.

  • Immunizations/Vaccines

    Rabies (1 year) $21
    DA2PP (combined vaccines) $25
    Bordetella $29
  • Parasite Screen and Medication $38

  • De worming is priced by animal weight $17 (for smallest dog)

  • Heartworm Screen $25-$41

  • Dental Prophylaxis is priced by animal weight $759-$1610

  • DAILY Boarding fees are priced by animal weight $40 (more if meds must be given)

In summary, if we look at the most conservative estimate of what you'd have to pay for the services generally covered by HART, we'd find:

Dog Services covered by HART The Adopter pays Difference
Female Lab
(2 years old)
$425 spay
+ 53 office visit
+ 21 rabies
+ 25 DA2PP
+ 29 Bordetella
+ 68 heartworm/lymes/erlichea/anaplasmosis test
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$621 + post-op drugs + boarding, etc.
$325 $296 +

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