To adopt a pet at the Tonawanda SPCA, prospective adopters must show up in person, meet the pet with a volunteer and/or counselor, fill out some light paperwork and pay an adoption fee. As of 2015, adoption fees range from $15 to $350, depending on the animal and the animal's age. Adopters must bring a photo ID and proof of current address.
The adoption fee covers the cost of the animal, spay or neuter surgery for dogs, cats and rabbits, and age-appropriate vaccinations. It also includes an initial de-worming, a dose of flea control and a leukemia test. Additionally, the fee covers microchipping, the animal's first wellness exam and 30 days of free veterinary insurance. A standard $30 administration fee also applies to all dog and cat adoptions, even when adoption fees are waived. Adopters can pay with any major credit card, cash or check.
The busiest adoption days are Saturdays, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and school holidays. Adoption volunteers and counselors offer assistance in learning about adoptable animals and which species or breeds might be best for a particular home environment. If an adopter is looking for a particular breed or age, he can select the Pet Connect waiting list for dogs. The $100 membership fee covers placement on a request list for one year, a case manager and continual contact regarding potential matches.