Chapter 22.12


22.12.010    Adoption fees.

22.12.020    Adoptions.

22.12.010 Adoption fees.

A. An adoptive owner shall pay to the animal shelter an adoption fee.

B. The animal control manager may waive adoption fees for nonprofit organizations when such organizations take animals in order to attempt to place them for adoption. Any such waiver of fees shall be pursuant to agreement with the organization providing such conditions as the animal control manager and the organization shall agree upon that will tend to protect the health and welfare of the animal population.

C. The animal control manager may waive a portion of the adoption fee for animals with chronic medical conditions or terminal illnesses as determined by a licensed veterinarian.

D. The mayor may waive a portion of the adoption fee for animals when there is insufficient space for those animals at the animal shelter. (Ord. 2017-27 § 6, 2017.)

22.12.020 Adoptions.

A. All dogs and cats shall be spayed or neutered prior to adoption. Dogs and cats eligible for adoption may be spayed or neutered at the expense of the borough. It is a violation of this section for an adoptive owner to possess an adopted dog or cat that is not spayed or neutered.

B. No animal may be adopted that is in an unhealthy condition as determined by a licensed veterinarian, unless the condition is manageable or the animal is placed under the care of a licensed veterinarian.

C. Adopting an animal from the animal shelter is a privilege, not a right. Animal control may refuse to adopt an animal to a person if:

1. The person is under the age of majority; or

2. The person has identified a factor that conflicts with his/her ability to provide humane care and control of an animal with special needs as identified by animal control such as an animal that is fearful or aggressive towards children or other specific animal species; or

3. The person has a history with the animal shelter on two or more occasions of euthanizing animals with no valid medical or behavioral problems as determined by a licensed veterinarian. (Ord. 2017-27 § 6, 2017.)