Animal Adoption

To adopt an animal from the shelter, a city-approved adoption application (PDF Download) must be completed and signed. It may be faxed to 256-341-4794, emailed to khallman@decatur-al.gov or brought in with you. Failure to agree to and comply with the terms of the adoption agreement shall be grounds for disqualification to adopt an animal. Animal Services has the right to select the best possible placement for any animal and to deny a request to adopt an animal if not convinced the adopter can provide a suitable home or care for the animal.

There is a 10-day grace period when an animal is adopted in which he/she may be returned for a refund. After that, if the pet has to be returned or he/she becomes sick, please return all paperwork and a veterinary diagnosis, and the adoption fee can be applied towards another pet. Adopters must be 19 years of age with picture identification.

Adoption Fees

  • Dogs - $110.00, which includes heartworm testing and preventative; shots, including rabies, kennel cough and a distemper/parvo combo; worming for intestinal parasites and Frontline for fleas and ticks.
  • Cats - $95.00, which includes Feline leukemia/AIDS test; shots, including rabies, kennel cough and a distemper combo; worming for intestinal parasites and Frontline for fleas and ticks.
  • Rabbits - $85 for the sterilization surgery.
  • Other animals - varies upon animal. Inquire.

Some pets may be sponsored so their adoption fees are reduced. Inquire at the front desk.

Animal Wish List

Decatur Animal Services wants to help you find the perfect pet for your family. We keep a list of the specifics of the type of pet you are looking for and notify you when it comes in. Our hard-working staff and dedicated volunteers match animals and wishes and contact you. Email your preferences and daytime contact information to khallman@decatur-al.gov.