How much does it cost to adopt a pet?
Our fees vary by animal:
Kittens and cats
- 5 months and under $120
- 6 months to 1 year $95
- 1 year to 5 years $75
- 5 years and older $50
Puppies and dogs
- 5 months and under $250 to $300
- 6 months to 1 year $175 to $225
- 1 year and older $125 to $175
- 5 years and older $50
- Ferrets: $55
- Rabbits $35
- Guinea pigs $15
- Small pets start at $5
Visit our adoptions page to learn more, including any adoption specials.
What do I need to bring with me to adopt a pet?
When you adopt a pet, please bring:
- A valid photo ID with your current address. If your ID does not have your current address, please bring another type of proof, such a utility bill, water bill or vehicle registration.
- Family members needed to finalize the adoption. Due to COVID-19, friends will be asked to wait in the car, and we are not allowing people to bring their dogs in for dog-dog visits. If a dog-dog visit is necessary due to an animal’s history, your adoption counselor will advise you.
What is included in an adoption?
All adoptions include:
- Spay or neuter surgeries
- Age-appropriate vaccinations
- A microchip ID
- A free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian.
- A temporary collar and ID tag
- A temporary leash or a carrier
How much does it cost to adopt a horse?
Adoption fees range from $100 to $1,000 and are based on the training level of the equine.
What is a working cat?
A working cat (sometimes called a mouser or a barn cat) is one with a history and temperament better suited to an outdoor lifestyle. These cats may live in a barn, stable or other outdoor setting where they have a “job” and a better quality of life.
How much does it cost to adopt a working cat?
Our fees are always waived on all working cats.
Do you offer spay/neuter surgeries for pets?
We are no longer scheduling appointments for the Dumb Friends League Solutions – Spay/Neuter Clinic at 191 Yuma Street in Denver. As the increase in COVID-19 cases impacts our community, we must ensure that we can continue offering vital services to pets in need. While the decision to suspend spay/neuter services was difficult, it is necessary because it will allow our talented veterinary teams to focus on our core essential services; providing shelter and care to homeless pets and urgent care to pets in our community. We will regularly reevaluate the suspension of this program and look forward to resuming this public service as soon as feasible.
How old does a puppy or a kitten need to be to be spayed or neutered?
Puppies and kittens must be at least 8-weeks old and weigh 2 pounds for surgery. We do not spay or neuter animals more than 8-years old without recent blood work. We will spay or neuter pets that are in heat.
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Are there volunteer opportunities at the Dumb Friends League?
Yes! There are volunteer opportunities throughout our shelters and in various capacities. Plus, as a volunteer, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts through recognition events and awards—and best of all, you’ll be helping homeless animals receive the loving care and second chances for happiness they deserve. Learn more about how you can help.
How can I become a foster volunteer?
If you have a place in your heart and home for animals—but you’re not able to adopt—consider fostering. Our Homes with Hearts foster care program lets animal lovers bring pets from our shelters into their homes on a temporary basis to prepare them for adoption. Learn more about our Foster program.
Can I bring my work/school group for a volunteer day at the Dumb Friends League?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not offering group volunteer opportunities. Please check back for updates.
Does the Dumb Friends League offer school and community education classes?
Our Humane Education team offers classes to children in preschool and older, adults and to community groups. Our community programs are free and available throughout the Denver metro area and beyond, year-round. Learn more about our classes today!
What types of classes does the Dumb Friends League offer?
Currently, classes are available for:
- Bully prevention
- Dumb Friends League 101
- Staying safe around dogs
- Caring for pets
- Careers in animal welfare
And so many more! Check out our complete list of classes today.