The Standard Adoption Fee is based off of the donation schedule below. This Fee helps to cover some of the medical expenses, vaccinations, microchip as well as spay/neuter procedures (please see examples below*).

Our donation schedule is as follows:

  • Puppies (under 12 months): $550
  • Dogs (1 – 5 years): $450
  • Dogs (5+ years): $350

Adopters are responsible for $20 annual microchip registration fee with Home Again Company.

Rescue City’s priority is to place our rescues in permanent loving homes, as they have already been through enough before coming into our program. As we aim to situate each animal in the appropriate home, this application helps us to learn more about you, your home and your level of experience.

Online Form Submission

You must submit a $10 NONREFUNDABLE application fee in order for your application to be processed.

Please note:  we approve adoptions in the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.

The Adoption process has numerous steps:

  1. Submission of Application & Application Processing Fee.
  2. Review of completed Application: we will contact your references, your landlord and/or veterinarian (if any).
  3. A) If your application is selected, we will contact you for a phone interview.
    B) Scheduling a mandatory home inspection.

    C) Scheduling a Meet & Greet. NOTE: all parties (and resident dogs) in the application MUST come to the meet & greet in NY.
  4. Signing of the Adoption Agreement or a Foster-to-Adopt Agreement
  5. Taking your new family-member into a forever home!

We realize our process seems like a lot to go through to adopt but it is our priority to ensure that this placement is the best outcome for the dog, and that the adopter is equally as happy. Most importantly we want the adoption to be successful and permanent.


  • Spay & Neuter: The average cost for veterinary care varies depending on your location, the size of the dog, as well as their overall health. The average dog spay or neuter can range from $45-$175 for a rescue animal. However, this doesn’t include the cost of pain relief medication which is another $10-$30 dollars. If you were to get your adopted dog spayed or neutered on your own it could cost you anywhere from $200-$500 plus depending on said variables.
  • Shots: The cost of standard vaccinations for dogs to prevent Distemper, Parvo, Kennel Cough and Rabies can cost approximately $50 for the rescue animal, if not more. If you were to pay for these vaccinations yourself you could be paying anywhere from $20-$150 dollars
  • Parasite Treatments and Preventatives: Monthly flea tick and ear mite treatments as well as heartworm preventives for dogs are another monthly cost for animal shelters. De-wormer medications are often given preventatively as oppose to waiting to see evidence of worms. These treatments can cost approximately $20-$50 assuming that no labs are need. Lyme disease and heartworm tests are another cost we will incur to ensure that your dog is in good health. If a dog tests positive, Lyme disease treatment can cost anywhere from $50-$200 depending on the size of the dog. However, if a dog needs to be treated for heartworms the treatment can be extremely costly, and on average it’s at least $1000 if you were to pay for it yourself.
  • Microchips: The cost for a rescue to microchip their animals is approximately $20. However, the cost to microchip your dog on your own can range anywhere from $45-$65 plus annual registration fee.
  • Food, Shelter & Comfort: The cost to feed a dog for a month in an animal rescue can range greatly based on the resources of the rescue, but a general ballpark estimate is round $40-$60. This does not include special diets for dogs that need weight loss food or dog food for specific digestive needs. Then there are toys, treats, bedding, and other necessities that the shelter provides.
  • Extreme Conditions: This also includes X-rays, echo cardiograms and other specialized treatments. This means part of your dog adoption fees will go towards animals that need additional care even if your adopted dog was lucky enough to have a clean bill of health.

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On behalf of the entire Rescue City Team, THANK YOU for your help and interest in supporting our pets in need!