Adopt a Pet

Grand County Pet Pals believes that adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment to a forever home. Can you make that commitment? Most dogs and cats live 10 to 15 years old or longer. Owning a pet is a serious responsibility, emotionally and financially, and isn’t a decision that should be made without putting a lot of thought into it.

One of the main goals of the Grand County Animal Shelter and Grand County Pet Pals is to attempt to find each unique animal a home. All animals will have been spayed or neutered. Adoption fees range from $45 to $83 and include rabies vaccine and county tags. The difference in the fees charged depends upon whether an animal comes in with current rabies and/or county tags. If the animal has tags, the cost is less.

Grand County Pet Pals also has a Senior Adoption program. This program allows for lower to no fee and applies to both senior citizens adopting animals and to anyone adopting a senior animal. If you are interested in a senior adoption of either kind, please call the Shelter for information about the fees.

Ask yourself these questions and then decide if you are ready to become a pet owner with all its associated trials and joys.

  • How old you will be in 15 years?
  • How many times might you move in the next 15 years?
  • Are you willing to move your pet too, with possible restrictions on housing choices where a pet is allowed?
  • What changes might happen in your life? Marriage? Children? Will you be willing to continue spending the time, energy, and money to care for your pet?
  • What if your future spouse or children are allergic or can’t get along with your pet?
  • If you’re getting a pet for children you have now, how old will they be in 15 years?
  • Will you still want this pet after the kids have grown up and moved out?
  • Can you afford, and are you willing, to pay for a lifetime of food, bowls, collars, toys, medications, behavioral training, veterinarian visits, vaccinations, and kitty litter?
  • Do you have time to feed, train, groom, socialize, clean up after, exercise, play with and offer affection and companionship to a pet?
  • Do you have the space for the type of pet you want?


If you are interested in adopting an animal from the shelter, there are two requirements that must be met.

  • You must be 18 years of age or older with a valid ID.
  • If you are a renter, we must have a letter of permission from the property owner indicating that it is OK for you to adopt and keep a pet on the premises.

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