Adoption Fees

Adopting from the Animal Welfare Society in Maine is a wonderful way to make a difference in the life of a pet in need. The adoption fee covers care received at AWS, including spay/neuter surgery, wellness exam, temperament review, vaccinations and parasite control. We want to send your pet home as healthy as possible!

Your adoption packet includes a number of great benefits as well.

All adopted dogs are required to leave on a leash and collar. You can bring them from home if have them, or you can purchase them from our retail store.

Dog/Puppy Adoption Fees
Dog adoption fees vary and typically range from $99 – $585+ depending on size, age, and breed type.  Each dogs’s adoption fee can be viewed on his/her adoption page. Dog adoption fees include:

  • Spay or Neuter Surgery
  • Wellness Exam at the AWS Community Veterinary Clinic
  • Rabies Vaccine (12 weeks and older)
  • Distemper and Kennel Cough Vaccines
  • Internal and External Parasite Control (including a dose of Flea & Tick Preventative)
  • Heartworm Testing (6 months and older) & Preventative (all ages)
  • Microchip (registered to you at the time of adoption)
  • Discount Coupon for AWS Canine Training Classes


Cat/Kitten Adoption Fees
Cat adoption vary and typically range from $10 – $250+ depending on age, sociability and breed type. Each cat’s adoption fee can be viewed on his/her adoption page. Cat adoption fees include:

  • Spay or Neuter Surgery
  • Wellness Exam at the AWS Community Veterinary Clinic
  • Rabies Vaccine (for felines over 12 weeks)
  • Distemper Vaccine
  • Feline Leukemia Testing
  • Internal and External Parasite Control (including a dose of Flea & Tick Preventative)
  • Microchip
  • Collar & Tag


Small Animal Adoption Fees
Small animal  adoption fees vary particularly by species and are typically as follows:

  • Rats $10 each/$18 per pair
  • Mice $7 each/$10 per pair
  • Hamsters $12 – $25
  • Gerbils $15 – $20
  • Guinea Pigs $38 – $45
  • Chinchillas $150 each/$275 per pair
  • Ferrets $150
  • Sugar Gliders $150 – $300
  • Rabbits $40-$75

Bird Adoption Fees
Bird adoption fees vary and are typically determined by age, size, temperament and species and are typically as follows:

  • Zebra Finches $18
  • Budgie/Canary $20
  • Parakeets $24
  • Society Finches $25
  • Cockatiel $100 – $125
  • Conure $250 – $350

Reptile Adoption Fees
Reptile adoption fees vary and are typically determined by age,  temperament and species and are typically as follows:

  • Bearded Dragon $60 – $80
  • Leopard Gecko $30 – $40
  • Corn Snake $70
  • Ball Python $60 – $120

Fees for other exotic animals and large birds vary by breed.

For more information, contact us by e-mail or call (207) 985-3244.