Adoption Information

Adopting a Connecticut Humane Society pet is a wonderful opportunity to save a life, while adding a new member to your family. Adoption counselors will help you find your perfect new family member, based on your lifestyle and the size, age, breed and temperament of a pet which will most successfully meet your expectations.   

Adoption Guidelines:
In order to make a pet a member of your family, please meet the following guidelines:

  1. Be over the age of 18.
  2. Participate in an adoption interview and complete an adoption questionnaire.
  3. Show a valid driver’s license or state photo ID with your current address.
  4. If adopting a pet that commonly faces restrictions in the community or has special behavioral considerations, you may be asked to provide landlord approval or proof of homeownership. Avoid inconvenience by bringing this paperwork along to the adoption.
  5. Adopting a pet impacts the entire household.  You will be asked to assist with the following as they apply to your situation: a) bring any children living in the home (that are under 18) to meet the pet. b) bring any other family members living in the home to meet the pet. c) bring your existing family dog to meet the pet.
  6. We do not authorize giving pets as gifts.  The person who will be the owner of the new pet must be present and complete the adoption process. (Gift certificates are available for those who want to give the gift of adoption.)
  7. Read, sign and abide by a legal adoption agreement.

The entire adoption process can be time consuming and may include more than one visit to the adoption centers.  This is time well spent when you consider that your new pet will live with you for many years.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation in the joyful process of bringing pets and people together.

Adoption Fees:
When you adopt a pet from the Connecticut Humane Society you are not only providing your new best friend with a forever home; your adoption fee will help pay for a portion of the medical, behavioral and shelter care your pet received at CHS.

We accept cash, check, debit card, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover.

Puppies up to 6 months: $445
Dogs 7-12 months old: $275
Dogs 1-7 years old: $150
Senior Dogs over 8 years old: $100
Finches: $5
Doves: $15
Parakeets: $15
Lovebirds (in pairs): $50 pair
Cockatiels: $40
Exotic Types: Market
Kittens up to 6 months: $300
Cats 7-12 months old: $200
Cats 1-7 years old: $140
Cats over 8 years old: $80
Small Animals:
Hamsters/Mice/Rats: $10
Guinea Pigs: $25
Rabbits: $35
Ferrets: $70
Chinchillas: $100

Special Adoption Incentive Programs
Project Purrfect: $50 discount off the adoption fee for cats between 1 and 7 years old which have been available for adoption for 30 days or longer. Cannot be combined with any other adoption discount programs.

Senior Citizen Discount: $20 discount off the adoption fee for a dog or cat between 1 and 7 years old for qualified adopters over 65 years of age. Cannot be combined with any other adoption discount programs. This discount does not apply to the adoption of puppies, kittens, adolescents, seniors, small animals or birds.

Adoption Benefits:

  • Consultation with an adoption counselor to help you select the best companion for your lifestyle
  • Spay/neuter
  • Flea/tick treatment and deworming
  • Basic vaccinations including rabies vaccination for dogs/cats over 3 months old
  • Temporary ID tags
  • Pet care information
  • Medical evaluation and treatment of illnesses/injuries during the pet’s stay in the shelters
  • When necessary, pets receive extensive medical treatment
  • Microchip implant, registration, and tag. More Information
  • Cat and dog adopters are eligible for a FREE 30-day pet insurance policy. Some restrictions apply. More Information 
  • Bordetella vaccination (Dogs only)
  • Heartworm testing (if 6 months or older) (Dogs only)
  • Collar and leash (Dogs only)
  • Temperament evaluation for adoption suitability (if 6 months or older) (Dogs only)
  • Behavioral support for canines and their new families (Dogs only)
  • Discounted rate on obedience classes offered at the Connecticut Humane Society (Dogs only)
  • Testing for feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline AIDS (FIV) (Cats only)
  • Stretch collar (Cats only)
  • Cardboard carrier (Cats only)