The fees to adopt an animal are based on the services given to the animal and other factors, including the rarity or level of interest in the animal. High-interest animals may have a higher adoption fee. In addition to the animal-specific adoption fees outlined below, if you reside in Seattle, you must purchase a pet license for dogs, cats, pigs and goats at the time of adoption.
The $15 adoption fee includes:
- Initial worming.
- Certificate for a free initial health exam.
- FeLV (Feline leukemia virus) testing (cats only).
|Spay/Neuter (under 50 lbs)*||$144||$156|
|Spay/Neuter (50-80 lbs)*||$162||$174|
|Spay/Neuter (over 80 lbs)*||$186||$186|
(Rabbits are spayed/neutered and microchipped before adoption.)
(guinea pigs, hamsters, birds, snakes, etc.)
*If the animal has already had one or more of these services, subtract those fees from the total.
**If you reside in Seattle, you must purchase a pet license at the time of adoption.
†High-interest animals may have a higher adoption fee. Contact animal care staff for details.
Senior citizen/disabled discount
For senior citizens (over 60 years) and disabled persons who have a Gold Card for Healthy Aging or FLASH card, the Seattle Animal Shelter offers:
- 50 percent off Seattle pet licenses.
- 50 percent off the adoption price of a dog or cat 2 years of age or older.
- Free adoption for any dog or cat 6 years of age or older. Pet license fees still apply, at the reduced rate.
- Supplemental pet food, toys, leashes and collars, on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Financial assistance to help with the spay/neuter of a cat or dog.
Call the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens at 206-684-0500 to apply for the ID card.