Application, Policies & Fees

Adopting an animal is an important decision that will affect you, your household, and the animal for many years to come. Our primary goal is to place animals in a loving and forever home. We strive for the best possible match between you and your new pet. If you do not find the right animal on your first visit to our shelter, please return another day when new animals will be available for adoption. We include as much information as we know about an animal on their information card. We are here to help make a wonderful new addition to your family.

Adoption Requirements

• Must be 18 years of age or older (seniors 65 and over qualify for the Seniors for Seniors program)
• Must have valid ID with current address
• Must provide landlord’s name and phone number (or copy of current lease)
• All members of the household should be present
• You must understand that Berea Animal Rescue must approve your adoption application

If this is your first visit, please follow this link,, to provide us with your household’s information and sign our Animal Contact Waiver.


The shelter accepts cash or Mastercard, Visa, or Discover.

*If paying in cash, please understand that volunteers are unable to make change.


Cat Adoption Information

Senior cats (7 years and older): $65.00
Cats (7 months – 6 years) – $100.00
Kittens (less than 7 months) – $140.00
Special breed pricing — $200
Cardboard carriers available – $5.00

*Certain animals may carry fees that are higher or lower than indicated here based on special circumstances. See Adoption Associates for details.  

Included in fee:

Immunodeficiency Virus & Leukemia Test, Spay / Neuter, Basic Vaccination, Rabies Vaccination (as age appropriate), Worming, Microchip

Dog Adoption Information

Senior Dogs (over 25 lbs and 8 years and older) – $95.00
Adult Dogs (7 months to 8 years) – $175
Puppies (less than 7 months) – $275.00
Small Dogs (less than 25 lbs and less than 11 yrs) – $210.00
Small Senior Dogs (less than 25 lbs and older than 11 yrs) – $95.00
Purebred Dogs – $375.00

*Certain animals may carry fees that are higher or lower than indicated here based on special circumstances. See Adoption Associates for details.

Included in fee:
• General Veterinarian Checkup, Heartworm Test, Spay / Neuter, Basic Vaccination (DHLPP and Bordetella), Rabies Vaccination, Heartworm Pill and Flea Preventative, Worming, Microchip

* A meet-and-greet with any dogs currently living in the home is required prior to adopting one of our dogs (excluding adoptions of puppies). 

Where Fees Go

Adoption fees help to cover the costs associated with the items listed above and shelter operating costs, all of which average $375 per animal.

Berea ARF operates a “no time limit” shelter where animals are cared for until permanent homes can be found. The shelter is supported by a small dedicated staff and several hundred devoted volunteers. ARF receives no regular government funding and relies solely on donations by its generous supporters.

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Berea ARF is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. We rely solely on private contributions, grants and grass roots fundraising to continue our mission.

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