Adoption Fees

What are our Adoption Fees?

Dogs

  • A puppy 16 weeks and under is $1,000 (includes spay/neuter if done at our partner vet clinic in Mississauga). Families will also be required to enroll puppies in a basic obedience class at their own cost. Proof of basic obedience training and spay/neuter is required to finalize the adoption.

  • A puppy between 17 weeks and 10 months is $900 (includes spay/neuter if done at our partner clinic in Mississauga). Families will also be required to enroll puppies in a basic obedience class at their own cost. Proof of basic obedience training and spay/neuter is required to finalize the adoption.

  • A dog 11 months and older is $850.

  • A senior dog is $650.

  • Bonded pair - varies, please refer to the animal's individual bio

*NOTE: Dogs from Egypt vary, please refer to the dog's individual bio

Cats

  • A kitten 20 weeks and under is $500 (includes spay/neuter if done at our partner vet clinic in Mississauga. Proof of spay/neuter is required to finalize the adoption).

  • A kitten between 21 weeks and 10 months is $450 (includes spay/neuter if done at our partner vet clinic in Mississauga. Proof of spay/neuter is required to finalize the adoption).

  • A cat 11 months and older is $400.

  • A senior cat is $350.

  • Bonded pair - varies, please refer to the animal's individual bio


Other Cost Considerations

Dogs

The transition into a new home can be a stressful and scary experience for even the most well-adjusted dog. During this time, your dog is more likely to be a flight risk and extra caution should be taken to secure them at all times.

In addition to the adoption fee, families must arrive to their scheduled pick-up day with the following safety supplies:

  • 1 Martingale Collar - When fitted correctly, a martingale collar is comfortable and virtually impossible to slip out of.

  • Harness & Seat Belt - One of the top ways people lose pets is during car travel. You can purchase the seat belt at most pet stores for around $15. NEVER attach the seat belt to a collar as this could result in fatal injury in the event of an accident. It should be used with a harness only. Never let your dog ride in the front seat. An airbag deployment can result in fatal injury.

  • 2 Nylon Leashes - NO retractable leashes; they are dangerous and can result in avoidable lost dogs scenarios, serious injury, and even death.

  • 1 ID Tag for Collar - these can be purchased at any pet store and should be engraved with your phone number and the dog’s chosen name.

  • Some families (i.e. for flight risk dogs or out-of-town adopters) will be required to purchase and activate (proof required) a GPS device for their dog’s collar.


Foster-to-Adopt


As a foster-to-adopt family, you’ll be expected to take your new family member home on the same day he or she arrives. You will then have two weeks to get to know your furry house guest before committing to adoption. At the end of two weeks, if you choose not to move forward with adoption, we simply ask that you continue to provide a safe and loving home until their new forever family can be found.

Foster-to-adopt families will be required to pay a $500 deposit once approved with DFBH. The remaining portion of the fee will be due at adoption time. If at the end of two weeks you choose not to adopt, your $500 will be refunded to you within 30 days of your dog being adopted into a new family IF you see your pup through to adoption. If you choose not to see your dog through to adoption, you will forfeit your deposit.

Foster-to-adopt families are required to provide their own supplies and must arrive to pick up with the required supplies (see above “Other Cost Considerations”).

Cats

Lost cat prevention is of the utmost importance at DFBH. There is a zero tolerance policy for any outdoor activity for your new cat. If this is not something you plan to adhere to after adoption, please do not adopt an INDOOR ONLY cat from DFBH.

Our rescue cats are frightened during their transition into a new home and are major flight risks. All doors and windows must be secured; if children are going in and out of the home frequently and leaving the door open, it is your responsibly to ensure your cat is safe and has not escaped.

Adoptive families are required to show proof of purchase of the following items:

*A cat tree/tower/climber

*At least one litter box per cat, placed away from where they eat and drink

*Cat toys

*A quick release collar with an ID tag - these can be purchased at any pet store and should be engraved with your phone number and the cat’s chosen name.

*Products (e.g., Feliway plug-ins) can help to reduce anxiety in felines by releasing calming pheromones, although not necessary for adoption - we may strongly recommend them in certain cases.

These items will ensure your cat is happy, calm, and/or stimulated, creating a more enriched environment, thus, reducing his/her risk of escaping.


Foster-to-Adopt


As a foster-to-adopt family, you’ll be expected to take your new family member home on the same day he or she arrives. You will then have two weeks to get to know your furry house guest before committing to adoption. At the end of two weeks, if you choose not to move forward with adoption, we simply ask that you continue to provide a safe and loving home until their new forever family can be found.

Foster-to-adopt families will be required to pay a $200 deposit for their cat/kittens once approved with DFBH. The remaining portion of the fee will be due at adoption time. If at the end of two weeks you choose not to adopt, your $200 will be refunded to you within 30 days of your dog being adopted into a new family IF you see your pup through to adoption. If you choose not to see your dog through to adoption, you will forfeit your deposit.

Foster-to-adopt families are required to provide their own supplies (see above “Other Cost Considerations”). Carriers are always provided on pick up.

Insurance

We strongly recommend activating pet insurance as this can greatly reduce your financial investment in medical/emergency care throughout your pet's life. We also believe purchasing pet insurance is in the best interest of your pet, as you will be able to cover any treatments necessary to keep your pet healthy and happy without worrying about finances.