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Pet Adoption

Become a Furever Home for a Pet in Need

Pet Adoption Process

Adopting a companion animal is very exciting but, it’s also an important decision that must be based on your readiness to love and care for a pet for the rest of its life. When you visit our shelter it’s easy to get swept up by all the adorable furry faces, so please take into consideration your lifestyle and each animal’s temperament when deciding which will be the best fit for you. Facilitating successful adoptions is one of our greatest joys!

Step #1

Find the Perfect Match

To help you find the perfect pet, we arrange a meet and greet area where you, your family and your potential pet can get acquainted. This is the time to observe how you react to each other. Since you’re really choosing a family member, it’s important to make sure the “feels right” feeling is mutual. If you have other pets who will be sharing their home with the new addition, we strongly recommend that you bring them to visit with the animal you are considering adopting. Please ask our staff how to go about doing this.

Step #2

The Adoption

After you choose the animal you’d like to adopt, you will complete the paperwork associated with our screened adoption process. This takes about 30 minutes and is required before any adoptions are finalized. Please read the Adoption Agreement carefully and complete the process only after you thoroughly understand the agreement.

All applicants are screened to ensure their ability to provide a lifelong safe, caring environment for their pets. 

After you complete your adoption paperwork and have been approved, your pet may go home with you the same day.

Adoption forms may be completed prior to your arrival at our center.

Step #3

Schedule Your Pet’s First Vet Visit

All of our animals will have been checked by a veterinarian during their stay. However, due to the frequent short lengths of stays with adoptable pets, we can not guarantee the presence of underlying conditions that may not present while in our care. As a condition of adoption, it states in our adoption agreement that every adopter will take their newly acquired pet to their veterinarian for a thorough exam at the owner’s expense. This is also important to get your new pet established as a patient in case an emergency arrises.

We cannot stress enough the importance of taking your new pet to the veterinarian before exposing them to your other family pets!

Adoption Fees


Kittens (up to 1 year)                    $120

Adult Cats (1-4 years)                   $100

Senior Cats (5 years and up)       $90

Declawed Cats and Kittens          $125

Barn Cat  $35

All cats and kittens are spayed/neutered, microchipped, FeLV/FIV tested negative, dewormed, fully vaccinated as appropriate for their age, and started on monthly flea and tick preventative.


Puppies and dogs can vary in price due to breed and/or size, and range from $150 to $300. 

All dogs and puppies are spayed/neutered, microchipped, heartworm tested if appropriate and/or started on monthly heartworm preventative, dewormed, fully vaccinated as appropriate for their age, and started on monthly flea and tick preventative.

We also have sponsored dogs and cats on occasion which means that someone has already paid for the future adoption of these animals.  In the event that an animal stays for a longer length of time, their adoption fees may be reduced as well to help get them into their loving forever homes!

All adoption fees paid are tax deductible. Fees collected are used to fund all of the programs we have here at the McCracken County Humane Society.

Senior & Military Discounts

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Seniors For Seniors Discount

Senior animals have so much to offer and make some of the best companions. That is why MCHS adopters 65 years of age and older will receive a 50% discount on the adoption fees of senior dogs and cats!

Senior dogs are 6 years+ and senior cats are 5 years+

Must show a valid ID to receive discount.

Military Discount

As a way to say THANK YOU to those that have served or are currently serving our country, when you present a valid ID and military card, you will receive a 50% discount on the adoption fees of qualified cats and dogs.

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Many thanks to ALL of our adopters!