Fees & Procedures

Dog Adoptions

Anyone interested in adopting a dog that is within the holding period must complete a temporary adoption application (PDF) and fax or bring the completed form to the animal shelter. We will contact the most suitable home when the dog becomes available for adoption. All dogs adopted will be given their first distemper shot, first dose of worm medicine, an intranasal bordetella injection and the current year dog license. It is not first come first serve at the Miami County Animal Shelter. We care very deeply about our animals and want to ensure they go to the best suited homes for them. If you currently own a dog it must be licensed and a meet/greet is required between your dog and ours before the adoption is approved.


  • $96 (if not already spayed/neutered includes a $30 certificate to use toward the spay/neuter of your new pet)

Cat Adoptions

All cats adopted will be given their first distemper shot and first dose of worm medicine. 


*We do NOT accept Feral Cats at the Shelter and we do not euthanize them. 

*We only take in healthy adoptable cats. We do not have a vet on staff so we can not accept sick or injured cats. Ohio law does not require cats to be confined. They are considered "free roaming" animals and they do not require a license like dogs do. We do not respond to calls on sick or injured cats due to not having a vet on staff and the law not requiring it.

*If you have problems with Feral or stray cats in your neighbor we suggest you contact a Trap Neuter Release program or local rescue. A packet of local rescues and groups is located on this page. Or you can pick one up at the Shelter.  


  • $45  (if not already spayed/neutered includes a $30 certificate to use toward the spay/neuter of your new pet)

Spaying / Neutering

All pets adopted are required to be spayed / neutered by the veterinarian of your choice within 45 days from the date of adoption or when the puppy / kitten reaches six months of age. The animal remains property of the Miami County Animal Shelter until the spay or neuter is completed by the adopter and proof shown. So you take the animal home the day of the approved adoption but have the time frame listed above to complete the spay/neuter. If you fail to comply with the spay/neuter the Shelter will take the animal back.

Health Examination Coupon

With each pet adopted, you will receive a coupon for a free health examination at the vet of your choice within Miami County.

Rescue Policy

The Miami County Animal Shelter is very happy to work with rescue groups. However, our first priority is to place a pet in a good, permanent home.

If you are a 501(c)3 rescue group you may be eligible to receive our discounted adoption fee for various dogs needing homes.

Things to Know Before You Visit...

  • Plan to come at least an hour or more before closing. It takes time to select your new best friend and several minutes to fill out the necessary paperwork and process an adoption.
  • The shelter is generally crowded between 3-4 pm on weekdays and 11-12 pm on Saturday so please be patient as you may have to wait to see the dog you’ve chosen. Plan to come in early and allow a little extra time to fill out the necessary paperwork.
  • Bring all family members along to meet the dog you are considering for adoptionYour new dog will be part of the family and we want to make sure it gets along well with everyone who lives in the household.
  • We require you to bring in any existing dogs you have in the home to meet the dog you decide on before finalizing your adoption.
  • Bring your wallet and a photo ID! We accept cash or checks. We do not accept debit or credit cards.
  • Dog adoptions may or may not be approved same day
  • Some dogs we do require a fenced in yard by the adopter
  • We do contact landlords if you rent prior to being approved. The landlord must allow pets and any pet deposit must be paid prior to the adoption and proof shown. 
  • If you own your residence we do confirm that with the Auditors Office in the county you reside in.
  • If you have been charged, involved in or convicted of any crime against an animal you will not be approved.
  • On puppy adoptions we will start taking applications when they are 7 weeks of age but they can not be legally adopted until they are 8 weeks of age. Puppy adoptions are NOT first come first serve.