Dog & Cat Adoption Fees

All dogs and cats adopted from the Wake County Animal Center must be spayed or neutered prior to adoption. 
 
Adoption fees are based on if the dog or cat came to the Wake County Animal Center already spayed or neutered or if we had to perform the surgery.
 
​Dog Adoption Fee ​$ 95
​Cat Adoption Fee ​$ 45
 
Note:  If the dog came to the Animal Center spayed or neutered, the adoption fee will only be $45.  If the cat came to the Animal Center spayed or neutered, the adoption fee will only be $15. 

Little Critters & Farm Animal Adoption Fees

The adoption fees for other animals vary according to their species.
 
​Small Bird ​$ 20
​Large Bird ​$ 50
​Ferret ​$ 45
​Guinea Pig ​$ 15
​Reptile ​$ 30
​Rodent ​$ 10
​Rabbit ​$ 20
Amphibian​ ​$ 5
​Chicken ​$ 5
​Chinchilla ​$ 45
​Hedgehog ​$ 45
​Farm Animal - Small (pig, sheep, goat) ​$ 25
​Farm Animal - Large (cow, llama, alpaca) ​$ 100
​Horse ​$ 500
 

Animal Reclaim Fees

When an owner picks up, or reclaims , his or her animal from the Wake County Animal Center, reclaim and boarding fees are charged.  Reclaim fees do not apply if the pet was held on a 10-day bite quarantine or being held under protective custody.
  
If your animal has been spayed or neutered (YOU MUST BRING PROOF with you at time of reclaim), the following charges apply:
 
 
​1st Reclaim ​$ 50
​2nd Reclaim ​$ 75
​3rd Reclaim

​$150

 
If your animal is not spayed or neutered, or you don't have proof with you at time of reclaim, the following charges apply:
 
​1st Reclaim ​$ 100
​2nd Reclaim ​$ 150
​3rd Reclaim ​$ 300
 
NOTE:  As a way to promote Responsible Pet Ownership, if your pet is unaltered at the time of reclaim and you have your pet spayed or neutered within 30 days of reclaim, Wake County will reimburse you 50% of your reclaim fee (upon receipt of proof of spay or neuter by your veterinarian). 

Animal Boarding Fees

When animals are reclaimed by their owners after being held by the Wake County Animal Center, due to being stray, quarantined, under protective custody, or any other reason to be held, the owner will be responsible for the daily boarding fee for each day their pet is held. 

 
​Dog Boarding Fees ​$ 10 / day
​Cat Boarding Fees ​$ 8 / day
​Little Critters (rabbit, rodent, ferret, etc.) ​$ 6 / day
​Farm Animals ​At Service Cost
 

Animal Control Fines

Fines are imposed when the Wake County Animal Control Ordinance is violated. An animal found at large is in violation of the Ordinance and may be picked up by an animal control officer. For those found running at large and therefore in violation of Wake County Animal Control Ordinance Section 91.07, a citation will be issued and fines charged.

 

​1st Offense - Running at Large ​$ 100
​2nd Offense - Running at Large ​$ 150
​3rd and Subsequent Offenses - Running at Large ​$ 200
​All Other Violations (unless specified in Section 91.99) ​$ 100