Adoption Fees

 

The adoption fees for each shelter dog ranges from $150.00 – $250.00.

 

The adoption fees for cats range from $50.00 – $70.00

 

Some animals have adoption fees that have been sponsored by donors. These animals will have signs on their kennels and it will be noted in their online descriptions.

 

All PPAS dogs are spayed or neutered, wormed and vaccinated for kennel cough, distemper virus, parvo virus, administered flea and tick prevention/control and given the rabies vaccine if age appropriate. All cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated for FVRCP, tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV, administered flea and tick prevention /control, and given the rabies vaccine if age appropriate. The adoption price includes a micro chip registered in your name at the time of adoption. Any dog that is six months of age or older will be tested for Heartworms and if found negative, will be kept on Heartworm prevention during their shelter stay, after the adoption it is up to the adopter to continue the highly recommended Heartworm preventative treatment. Adopters get a free consultation at an area vet partner within 14 days of adoption.

 

 

Variable adoption fee structure:

 

Some types of dogs or cats are less common and there is a higher demand for them, other types of dogs and cats are more common, or are older, or have special needs and it is much more difficult for us to find them a forever home.

 

All of our animals are wonderful, each in their own unique way, but we know that by raising the adoption fee for certain “high demand” animals, we will have the funds to provide for other animals that have a more difficult time finding a home. The fee program also encourages people to consider these other dogs or cats that might actually fit the needs of their family better.

 

Throughout our kennels you will find your potential pet with different adoption fees posted. Most adult dogs are $150.00, highly desirable dogs /puppies are $250.00, most puppies are $190.00, adult cats are $50.00 and kittens are $70.00.  Some animals are sponsored which means a donor has either sponsored some or all of their adoption fees. These animals are on Petfinder.com and their postings will indicate if they have been sponsored. Adoption fees enable us to house and provide medical care for the animals in our shelter, conduct behavioral evaluations and other services, such as lower cost adoptions for seniors.

 

Additional discounts may be offered for cats or dogs that arrived here as bonded pairs. Double the love and inquire at the adoption desk for more information.

 

Placing a hold: A hold may be placed on an animal for $20.00 a day up to 3 business days ($60.00 max). The hold fee is non-refundable and does not go towards the adoption fee. We encourage you to utilize the hold system if you are interested in a certain pet. A credit card number may be given over the phone or the fee paid at the shelter to ensure the pet you are interested in is available for a meet and greet. Placing the animal on hold makes it so others cannot have a meet and greet with the animal until the hold expires. Holds are on a first call/come first serve basis. You must call or come in, holds cannot be put down via email. You may call the shelter as early as 8am on any open day to place a hold.

Hold fees are not refundable and cannot be applied to the Adoption Fee. Prairie Paws Animal Shelter reserves the right to decline adoptions or help find you a more appropriate companion animal.

 

Here’s the scoop on the adoption process:

Adopting a pet is a big step — Before starting your search, research on choosing the right pet for your lifestyle, prepare your home for a furry family member, and even become a training expert before bringing your pet home.

At Prairie Paws we do things a bit differently than most shelters. All potential adopters are given a guided tour. Our kennel team along with our adoption staff ask a lot questions to try and find a great fit you. If a potential new family member catches your eye and sounds like great fit we have an adoption form that is a questionnaire (not an application) for you to fill out that allows us to ask open ended questions and have a further in depth conversation with you.   Spending time in our meet and greet rooms or the cat room with your new potential family member is a must.  We ask that if you have other dogs at home that you bring them for a meet and greet. We ask that you allow a sufficient amount of time to find your new companion, plan on at least an hour. You may meet a bunch of potential adoptable candidates or maybe just one will win your heart.

Placing a hold: A hold may be placed on an animal for $20.00 a day up to 3 business days ($60.00 max). The hold fee is non-refundable and does not go towards the adoption fee. We encourage you to utilize the hold system if you are interested in a certain pet. A credit card number may be given over the phone or the fee paid at the shelter to ensure the pet you are interested in is available for a meet and greet. Placing the animal on hold makes it so others cannot have a meet and greet with the animal until the hold expires. Holds are on a first call/come first serve basis. You must call or come in, holds cannot be put down via email. You may call the shelter as early as 8am on any open day to place a hold.

In person meet and greet:  Potential adopters must come and meet the animal before an adoption can take place. We cannot do over the phone sight unseen adoptions. Business hours vary and are listed on our website (www.prairiepaws.org) or at the bottom of this page.  If you have other animals you would like to bring to the meet and greet we strongly encourage you to do so.  We have outdoor enclosures and trained kennel staff will assist with all meet and greets.  All family members, including children, are encouraged to attend the meet and greet.

Adoption Questionnaire:  Potential adopters will need to fill out the adoption questionnaire.  Adoption questionnaires are available on on this page or at the meet and greet.  Once complete, an Adoption Counselor will review the questionnaire with the potential adopter and will have a discussion to ask and/or answer any additional questions.  From there, the adoption counselor will print and review all appropriate paperwork with the adopter to provide important and and educational information regarding the animal.

Adoption fees:  Adoption fees must be paid in full at time of adoption – no partial payments are accepted.  Cash, Check or all major credit cards are accepted.  Adoption fees vary. Please note if you live in the city of Ottawa a dog license fee must also be paid at time of adoption.  Annual renewal of dog licenses is required between January 1st and February 15th.

Taking your animal home:  The State of Kansas requires that all cats and dogs must be sterilized (spayed/neutered) before going to their new homes.  In most cases animals will have already been sterilized before being placed on the adoption floor and you will be able to take your new companion home with you the day of adoption.  However, if the animal is not yet sterilized, they will need to stay at the shelter and we will schedule the surgery on the next available date (usually within a week).  We do request that all dogs go home with a collar/leash, so if you have one please bring it along or we do have a great selection available in our retail area.  All cats must go home in a carrier and we have cardboard carriers available for purchase ($5 plus tax) if needed.

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter

3173 HWY K68

Ottawa, KS 66067

Phone: 785-242-2967

Fax: 785-242-7151

Hours: Mon / Wed / Thurs – 11am – 6pm Saturday 11am – 4pm
Closed: Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday
Closed On The Following Holidays:
New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Phones are answered as early as 8:00am on open days. If inquiring about a missing pet or wanting to put a hold on an adoptable animal feel free to call us and leave a message at anytime of the day regardless if we are open or closed. Please indicate that you would like to put a hold on an animal. Our office staff upon arrival on business days will return calls in order as they came in.

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