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Fees and Applications

Our Adoption Fees

Dogs & Puppies

  • Puppies 3 months and under: $400
  • Puppies 3 months up to 6 months: $375
  • Puppies 6 months up to 12 months: $325
  • Dogs 1 year up to 5 years: $225
  • Dogs 5 years up to 10 years: $175
  • Dogs 10+ years or special needs: name your own fee
  • All dogs 3+ months from partner shelters/rescues (outside of Maine): $375

Cats & Kittens

  • Kittens 8 weeks up to 12 weeks: $205
  • Kittens 12 weeks up to 16 weeks: $160
  • Kittens 16 weeks up to 6 months: $140
  • Kittens 6 months up to 1 year: $115
  • Cats aged 1 year-6 years: $80
  • Cats aged 7 years-12 years: $50
  • Cats aged 13 and older and special needs cats: name your own fee


  • Parakeets: $15
  • Cockatiels/Lovebirds: $40
  • Finches: $5

Small Animals

  • Rabbits: $40 individual, $60 pair
  • Ferrets: $55 individual, $100 pair
  • Guinea Pigs: $20 individual, $30 pair
  • Rodents: $10 each
  • Male rats: $25 individual, $35 pair
  • Female rats: $40 individual, $50 pair

Download our adoption surveys

Planning a trip to the ARLGP to meet adoptable animals? You can download and print our adoption surveys below to bring with you, or you can easily complete one during your visit at the ARLGP.



All fees cover life-saving treatment and care provided by the ARLGP. View a complete list of services and treatments below.


Dogs adopted from the ARLGP will have also been provided the following services and treatments:

  • spay/neuter procedure
  • heartworm test (over 6 months)
  • distemper and kennel cough vaccination
  • rabies vaccination (over 16 weeks) and tag
  • leash and collar
  • discounted coupon for ARLGP canine obedience classes


Cats adopted from the ARLGP will have also been provided the following services and treatments:

  • spay/neuter procedure
  • feline Leukemia test
  • feline immunodeficiency test (over 6 months)
  • rabies vaccination (over 16 weeks)
  • distemper vaccination
  • basic worming
  • ear mite treatment (if necessary)


Holds are now available for dogs over the age of 1 for potential adopters who have met the following criteria:

  • Have visited the shelter
  • Have met a dog they are interested in welcoming home
  • Have completed and adopter survey and have received adoption counseling for that dog by an ARLGP adoption counselor
  • At the end of counseling, a hold can be placed on the dog to allow the potential adopter extra time to consider adoption.

Same day hold: $20

Same day holds give the potential adopter until 4pm Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and until 3pm on Saturday and Sundays—this hold is valid until this time on the same day of adoption counseling

Overnight hold: $40

Overnight holds give the potential adopter 24 hours from adoption counseling

Hold fees are not refundable and are not transferrable to adoption fees.

Example of adoption hold: a potential adopter arrives at ARLGP at 11am on Thursday. After the adopter meets a dog and completes adoption counseling, they have the options of:

  • Placing a same day hold, allowing them to hold the dog for consideration until 4pm Thursday.
  • Placing an overnight hold, allowing them to hold the dog for consideration for 24 hours (until 11am Friday).


Microchipping is our #1 way to reunite lost pets with their owners. Microchipping is a quick and easy way to ensure your animal is properly identified in the event that he/she gets lost. Microchipping appointments can be made by calling the shelter at (207) 854-9771, or simply walk-in during our open hours. The cost is $40 per pet and comes with a one-year registration.

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