Don't Buy - Rescue!

Each year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because not enough people spay and neuter their animals or consider adopting when looking for a new pet. A vast majority of shelter animals are purebreds that come from breeders! The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted or fostered pets.

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Our adoption fees for cats and dogs can range from $100-$250 on average and sometimes up to $350 for select breeds and puppies.  Adoption fees are determined based on factors such as the animal's health, breed, age, and the specific expenses incurred in their care. These fees are subject to adjustment at the discretion of our organization to ensure that we can continue to provide the necessary support for all our rescued dogs and cats.  We will always inform you of the fee of your selected pet during the adoption process and you should never pay a fee without being instructed by us to do so - if you have not spoken to us, met the pet or been through our adoption process, do not pay the fee.

How Your Adoption Fee Helps:  The adoption fee you pay covers only a fraction of what we spend on each animal. By adopting a pet—even one in good health—you're not just helping with some of their costs; you're directly supporting another pet who requires more intensive treatments. Adoption fees ensure every animal receives the care they need, regardless of the expenses involved.

Here are some of the basics New Hope Rescue provides to every pet, including kittens and puppies prior to adoption:

  • Spaying and Neutering
  • Heartworm test and treatment, if needed
  • Felv testing cats
  • Bordetella, DHPP and Rabies[dog] / FVRCP and Rabies [Cats]
  • Monthly flea and heartworm prevention and deworming
  • Microchipping

A Circle of Compassion: Your decision to adopt creates a ripple effect: it helps balance the scales for pets who are less fortunate, ensuring that our resources can stretch to help every animal in our care. We are deeply grateful for your support, as it enables us to continue our mission to save and nurture these lives.


New Hope Animal Rescue's Commitment to Quality Care and Placement:

Please take a moment to review the following questions before submitting your adoption application. This step is necessary to connect you with the foster parent, who also completed this process to become a part of our volunteer team.

1.Veterinary Information:

I currently own or have owned a pet within the past five years and will provide the veterinary clinic's name and phone number holding my pets' most recent records.

  • Are all of your pets currently spayed/neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, and receiving monthly flea and heartworm prevention?
    • Bordetella, DAPP, Rabies for dogs
    • FVRCP and Rabies for Cats
  • I have authorized my vet to share my pets' records with New Hope Animal Rescue. I understand New Hope will attempt to verify this information with my vet once.
  • If New Hope is unable to verify on the first attempt, I will ensure my vet emails proof of my pets' current status (Rabies/DHPP, heartworm prevention, spay/neuter) to
  •  I purchase my pets' heartworm medication online and can provide proof of purchase or have my vet verify this.

2. Vet Care for First-Time Pet Owners:

  • This is my first dog or cat as an adult and not including the one I grew up with. I have identified a local veterinarian to provide vet care and am ready to establish my pet at this vet and have researched what is required in terms of monthly and annual care for owning a new pet.

3. Adopting a puppy or active young dog:

  • I have a detailed puppy care plan and ample time to dedicate to interacting with and training including providing socialization, house and crate training, obedience training [positive reinforcement and puppy classes],and mental stimulation to keep your dog's mind engaged and more.

4. Schedule and Routine [for dog adopters]

  • I can go home immediately after work every day to establish a reliable routine for my dog and potty breaks or have a plan for the days I cannot which I will outline for my adoption counselor. I understand the need for both quality and quantity time with my dog.

5  Home [for Dog adopters]

  • My home has a yard with a secure, well-maintained fence.
  • [NHAR does not allow the use of dog doors for dogs under 15 pounds or the use of dog doors if you are adopting a cat]   
  • Apartments or other Leasing Applicants:
  • I will scan and email my management's pet approval letter or my pet lease agreement tadoptions@NewHopeSaveslives.Org within 24 hours of submitting this application. The document includes any restrictions on pet age, weight, or breed.

If you answer NO to any applicable questions – STOP. We will be unable to process your application until all information is provided to us.

In Accordance With Our Goal To Place Pets In Lifelong Forever Homes, New Hope Animal Rescue has Adopted  Adoption Policies Below including Age Guidelines To Assist Potential Adopters In Finding Their Best Match:

6 Under 6 Policy:

Puppies and kittens are fragile and until puppies and kittens are fully trained, they may scratch, nip, jump, etc. Between ages 5-7, children learn empathy and are better equipped to treat dogs and cats properly.

  • No “6 Under 6”: Puppies and kittens under 6 months old are best-matched with families whose youngest child is 6 years of age or older, unless the puppy in question is a small breed.
  • Small breed puppies (under 30 lbs. full-grown) and toy breed adults (under 15 lbs.) are best-matched with families whose youngest child is 8 years of age or older.

Employment Policy - Adopters must be employed  or show financial capacity to care for a pet - for some breeds like Persians, munchkins or bulldogs, we would even recommend pet insurance.  

No kittens under 6 months will be adopted out from NHAR as an "only cats". We can adopt kittens as pairs or a single kitten to a home that has a young cat to help socialize the kitten. If you seek only one kitten and do not have a cat at home to help socialize your kitten, please consider adopting an adult cat from us. If you truly still want a kitten, please read about single kitten syndrome here to prepare for the enrichment activities you will need to be prepared for to socialize your kitten and adopt from one of your local shelters. Our Policy

Resource on single kitten syndrome: 


Why do we charge an adoption fee?

Adoption fees through a rescue are more economical than purchasing an animal and paying for the vaccines, spay or neuter yourself. New Hope Animal Rescue covers initial veterinary costs before we adopt an animal to a new home. Spaying or neutering alone can cost between $150-$300, and wellness exams and vaccines can be an additional $100 or more. When needed, we also pay for costly pet supplies, transport, surgeries, emergency grooming, heartworm treatments, boarding, training and more. Your fee helps us cover some of these costs and ensures we can save more animals.

How to pay the adoption fees?

We now offer an online payment option using PayPal, which is safe and secure. Just head over to either Pay Dog Adoption Fees or Pay Cat Adoption Fees page.  Do not pay an adoption fee until you have been instructed by us to do so.  This option also allows you to pay by Venmo or a "Pay with Debit or Credit Card".