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Adoption Process

The Prince William County Animal Control Bureau adopts out a wide variety of animals, including dogs, cats, small domestic animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, etc.), reptiles (snakes, lizards, etc.), birds, livestock and poultry.  All adoptions are completed on a first-come, first-serve basis.  A contract is completed at the time of adoption and adoption fees are collected.  Sterilization of all dogs and cats adopted is required in Article 1, Section 3.2-6575 of the Code of Virginia.  All spay or neuter procedures are scheduled and completed by one of the Animal Control Bureau's contracted veterinarian hospitals.  The cost of the procedure is incurred by the adopter and the surgery performed prior to the dog or cat being taken home.  If there is a medical reason that the surgery cannot be performed immediately, the dog or cat may only be adopted by a resident of Prince William County or an adjoining jurisdiction (Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Stafford County, Fauquier County, Manassas City or Manassas Park).

DOG ADOPTIONS

Cost $45.00 (includes initial Distemper combo vaccination, intranasal Bordatella,  Rabies vaccination (if old enough), deworming, microchip, basic veterinary exam, and the adoption. 

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**All adopters receive a certificate for a complimentary pet health exam to be used within 3 weeks of adoption at one of the listed local veterinarians.  This is for an introductory health examination and consultation at no charge and does not include vaccinations, deworming, or any other diagnostic testing or treatments.  It is recommended that all dogs or puppies have a fecal test performed and be tested for Heartworm disease as soon as possible after adoption, as well as receive any follow-up vaccinations.  Adopters must also be aware that routine veterinary care and preventatives average about $300-$1000 yearly for healthy dogs. 

CAT ADOPTIONS

Cost $45.00 (includes initial Distemper combo vaccination, Rabies vaccination (if old enough), deworming, microchip, basic veterinary exam and the adoption.

**All adopters receive a certificate for a complimentary pet health exam to be used within THREE (3) weeks of adoption at one of the listed local veterinarians.  This is for an introductory health examination and consultation at no charge and does not include vaccinations, deworming, or any other diagnostic testing or treatments.  It is recommended that all cats or kittens have a fecal test performed and be tested for FIV/FeLv as soon as possible after adoption, as well as receive any follow-up vaccinations.  Adopters must also be aware that routine veterinary care and preventatives average about $200-$700 yearly for healthy cats. 

OTHER ADOPTIONS

​ANIMALS

​COST

Small Domestic Animal (Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Rabbits) $0 - $20
Reptiles $0 - $50
Birds $5 - $100
Livestock  $10 - $100
Poultry $0 - $20