Animal Rescue Associates, Inc.

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Adoption Costs

The adoption cost of your new pet may vary and it assists us in the rescue of another. This cost vastly outweighs, for the services received, retail veterinary costs for you. 

Included in the cost of adoption through Animal Rescue of Illinois,  all pets based on health and age requirements, include their spay/neuter, heartworm check (dogs), Felv/FIV check (cats), dewormed, core vaccines, have had a monthly flea/tick prevention and/or heartworm prevention (dogs) and microchipping. Your new pet will also include a FREE veterinary health exam at an ARI participating veterinarian, a month of pet insurance for only $5 (you may register your new pet, prior to or post adoption), and FREE credit for grooming, boarding and/or doggie daycare! 

As mentioned above, retail costs for the same services provided in adoption, greatly exceed your adoption cost. Some retail costs on a pet accquired from alternative sources which do not included the services we provide, are as follows.


  • Some clinics and animal hospitals can charge up to $200-$300 or more, depending on the weight of the dog. more...

  • Puppies usually are vaccinated at two, three, and four months of age. Unvaccinated adult dogs receive two rounds of vaccinations about three weeks apart. After that, dogs usually receive boosters annually.
  • The basic shots -- for distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza and sometimes leptospirosis and coronavirus -- usually are administered together in a combination vaccine. The rabies vaccine is given separately in accordance with local laws.
    • The average cost for adult dog vaccinations ranges from $20 to $150 or more in the first year, and from $10 to $100 or more per year afterward.
    • The cost varies based on geographic region, which vaccinations are given and whether they are done at a veterinarian's office or a low-cost vaccination clinic run by a local government or humane organization.
    • Extra vaccinations usually cost about $10 to $15 or more each. more...

  • A topspot flea and tick control product administered monthly costs between $150 and $200 or more per year, depending on the size of the dog. This type is by far the most popular because it prevents both fleas and ticks -- and sometimes other pests -- and is safe and easy to use. It also kills adult fleas and prevents new larvae from developing. more...