ADOPTION CENTER: 941-747-8808 X 313

Adoption Fees

Kittens and Cats

Kittens Cats
2-6 months, $95
Includes adoption fee, Rabies tag
6 months – 6 years, $75
Over 6 years, $45
Includes adoption fee, Rabies tag

Dogs and Puppies

Puppies Dogs
2-6 months, $200
Includes adoption fee, heartworm prevention
Up to 25 lbs. 6 months to 5 years, $165
Over 25 lbs. 6 months to 5 years, $150Up to 25 lbs.  6 years+,  $90
Over 25 lbs.
6 years+, $100
Includes adoption fee, Rabies tag, heartworm prevention
Heartworm Positive dogs – Add $50 to adoption fees above


What the Adoption Fees Include

The adoption fees that we collect help us provide food, shelter, medical care, and vaccinations for our shelter animals. Each adoption fee includes the following for your new pet (retail value is approximately $400)

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  • Microchip
  • Initial deworming
  • Up-To-Date Vaccinations (for what age/weight allows
  • Rabies Tag (Manatee County ONLY)
  • FELV/FIV Combo Test (Feline Only)
  • Heartworm Test (Dogs Only, if age allows)
  • 6 months of heartworm prevention (Dogs ONLY)
  • Requirements for Adoption
    • Identification Card
    • Verbal or written approval from the landlord or HOA
    • Proof of current rabies vaccine for
    any currently owned pets
    • If you are adopting a dog over 6 months old, a meet and greet with our Behavior Specialist is required.
    Every cat must go home in a carrier. Adopters may bring their own or purchase a cardboard carrier from HSMC for $5.
  • Every dog must go home with a leash and collar. Adopters may bring their own or purchase from HSMC. Pricing will vary depending on the size of the collar and the length of the leash.

Prices are subject to change without notice.


  • Seniors (65 years and older- ID Required) $10 off any pet.
  • Senior to Senior program- any senior (65 years and older) adopting a senior pet (6 years and older) Adoption fee is waived. Fees for Rabies tags and heartworm prevention (dog) are required.
  • Veterans & Active Military (Proof of Service or Veteran ID Required) — $25 off any pet
  • First Responders – $15 off any pet
  • Multi-pet adoption- 25% off the second pet

Prices are subject to change without notice.

How to find your new animal companion

All our adoptable dogs and cats can be seen online by clicking on the type of pet you would like to adopt. When you are ready to make your way down to our location and inside the adoption center, the next step is to begin looking for your perfect match. An adoption counselor will help guide you through our facility and introduce you to the available pets.

Adoptable Dogs

Adoptable Cats

Helpful Adoption Tips

  1. Contact your landlord or homeowner’s association regarding any pet policy or restrictions.
  2. Prepare your home by setting up its bed, food & water bowls, etc… ahead of time.
  3. If you are adopting a dog you will need to bring any current resident dogs for a meet and greet after your initial meeting. Please bring all vaccine records on your current animals.
  4. Please be prepared to spend at least one hour with a counselor to process the adoption.
  5. Bring an approved leash and collar (for dogs and puppies) or an approved cat carrier (for cats and kittens). We also sell collars, leashes, ID tags, and cat carriers in Bo’s Boutique in our shelter lobby.
  6. Bring a current ID, cash, debit card, or credit card. No checks accepted.
  7. All adoptions must be done in person, so please visit our Second Chance Adoption Center located at 2515 14th Street W. in downtown Bradenton, Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Get to know each other

Once you find a pet that you are considering adopting, you will be asked to complete a brief adopter profile sheet. Your counselor will meet with you to discuss your adopter profile, the pet’s history, and background (if known), tell you a little about its personality, and then give you a chance to spend time with the animal. If you are not yet certain that you have found your perfect match, ask your Adoption Counselor about our popular HSMC Sleepover Program.

Sleepover Program

The Sleepover Program was developed to allow potential adopters to help determine whether a particular animal is a good match for their household, lifestyle, and family. Dogs and cats 6 months of age or older can be approved to participate in a sleepover (short-term foster) for a maximum of four (4) nights and five (5) days. The short-term foster can be terminated at any time during the sleepover by a potential adopter for any reason, to re-enter the animal in our adoption program or to be adopted by you, the adopter. During the sleepover, the animal remains the property of the Humane Society of Manatee County and dogs must be kept on a leash when outside of the home and not visit any off-leash areas like dog parks, etc. and cats must remain inside the home. Dogs on sleepovers are not to interact with any animals outside of resident animals.

Congratulations it’s official

Once you are confident that you’ve found the right pet, the counselor will assist you by processing the adoption paperwork and updating the pet’s microchip registration records. You’ll get a packet of important documents containing a welcome sheet, training tips, microchip registration, records of the pet’s medical history and vaccinations, coupons to local businesses, and other helpful paperwork. In most cases, you can take your new pet home with you on the same day.

Once you get home, remember to:

  • Confirm your Shelter Care pet insurance by email, phone, or online to receive your 30 days of free Pet Insurance.
  • Schedule an appointment for your pet’s next round of vaccines (if needed) through the Humane Society of Manatee County’s Veterinary Clinic 941-747-8808 Option #1 or your family veterinarian.
  • Be patient and allow your new companion to acclimate to their new environment and explore their new home.

If you have any questions, issues, or concerns about your pet once you get home, please don’t hesitate to call us. Our Adoption Support Team is here to help – just call 941-747-8808 ext. 313 or email adoptions@humanemanatee.org.