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Dog Adoption Fees at Washington Shelters

Here’s what you’ll pay to adopt dogs at area shelters.

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Animal Welfare League of Arlington
2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr., Arlington; 703-931-9241.

$175 for puppies four months and younger; $150 for dogs four months to eight years old; $75 for dogs eight years and older. Fees include an exam with a participating veterinarian, spay or neuter surgery, a heartworm test, vaccinations, a personalized ID tag, microchipping, and a phone consultation or training discount from Fur-Get Me Not trainers.


Fairfax County Animal Shelter
4500 West Ox Rd., Fairfax; 703-830-1100.

$170 spay or neuter surgery fee for all dogs plus $40 adoption fee.


Montgomery County Humane Society
14645 Rothgeb Dr., Rockville; 240-773-5960.

$175 for all dogs, including spay or neuter surgery. Additional services such as vaccines and flea treatments are included in the package.


SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George’s County
301-262-5625.

Adoption events are held at area pet-supply stores three times a month. Fee is $180 for all dogs, including spay or neuter surgery, vaccines, deworming, and microchipping.


Washington Animal Rescue League
71 Oglethorpe St., NW; 202-726-2556.

$300 for puppies younger than four months, which includes $50 puppy kindergarten; $250 for puppies five to six months and for purebred dogs; $200 for mixed-breed dogs older than six months; $150 for pit bulls, pit-bull mixes, and dogs seven years and older. A $17 licensing fee is added for dogs going to homes in the District.


Washington Humane Society
7319 Georgia Ave., NW; 202-723-5730; 1201 New York Ave., NE; 202-576-6664.

$170 for all dogs, including an exam with a participating veterinarian, spay or neuter surgery, a heartworm test, vaccinations, microchipping, 30 days of pet health insurance, and a goodie bag.

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