Pet adoption

At the Tartu Animal Shelter, animals eligible for adoption are considered to be those animals that have spent at least 14 days in the shelter after being found or surrendered by their owner.
An adoption contract is made with everyone adopting an animal. Adoption is not free; the new owner must pay part of the animal’s costs to the shelter.
Animals cannot be reserved by a new owner over the phone or e-mail. We would prefer that people come and meet the animals in person, and get to know the actual nature and behavior of the animals face-to-face. 

 ADOPTION EXCLUSIONS:

  • Animals are not released to the care of individuals under the age of 18.

  • Puppies are not released to individuals over 65 year old as there are too many adult dogs surrendered by elderly owners who can’t keep up with the dog physically or provide for it materially.

  • Animals are not given to people under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or those who have been recently intoxicated.

  • The shelter, as the current owner of the animal, has the right to refuse the adoption of an animal if suspicion arises that the animal will not receive a caring or stable new home.

The Tartu Animal Shelter does not deliver animals “door-to-door”. The new owner must come to get the animal from the shelter.  

DOGS

All our dogs have a microchip, are age-appropriately vaccinated, and have a national pet passport. The shelter will add the new owner’s information to the dog’s microchip register in the national pet registry www.lemmikloomaregister.ee (Eesti Väikeloomaarstide Seltsi Lemmikloomaregister).

Depending on the level of donations to the shelter, the spay/neuter operation may or may not be performed. Since donations do not cover 100% of the operation’s cost, we expect at least a partial contribution from the adopter, which is added to the adoption fee.

Adoption fees (effective 15.04.2018):

  • Puppy, adult dog - €50

We continue to promote our charity program “Senior to Senior”. A person over the age of 65 can adopt an elderly dog (age 8 years or older) with a discounted price of €25.

CATS

All our cats have a microchip, are age-appropriately vaccinated, have a national pet passport. The shelter will add the new owner’s information to cat’s microchip register in the national pet registry www.lemmikloomaregister.ee (Eesti Väikeloomaarstide Seltsi Lemmikloomaregister).

Depending on the level of donations to the shelter, the spay/neuter operation may or may not be performed. Since donations do not cover 100% of the operation’s cost, we expect at least a partial contribution from the adopter, which is added to the adoption fee.

Adoption fees (effective 01.07.2014):

  • Kitten, adult cat - €35

 

For an extra fee of €10, one can purchase an EU traveling passport for the animal, if ordered previously via telephone.  Also, for an extra €4, the shelter can apply a deworming medication, which is necessary for border crossings and documented in the EU passport by our veterinarian.