§ 603.031  Adoption of Dogs and Cats from the City Kennel
   (a)   Every dog or cat over six (6) months of age adopted from the City Kennel shall be spayed or neutered at the Spay and Neuter Clinic before release. The cost of the operation shall be borne by the person adopting the animal and is in addition to any adoption fee imposed by the Chief Animal Control Officer.
   (b)   A person wishing to adopt a dog or cat under the age of six (6) months shall sign an agreement stating the dog or cat shall be spayed or neutered at the Spay and Neuter Clinic or at an appropriate outside animal hospital within seven (7) days of a date specified on the agreement, when the animal reaches between six (6) and nine (9) months of age. In addition to any adoption fee imposed by the Chief Animal Control Officer, a thirty dollar ($30.00) fee shall be paid at the time of the adoption, to be held until the animal is brought back to be spayed or neutered, or until proof of the operation is established with the Chief Animal Control Officer. The thirty dollar ($30.00) fee shall either: (1) be used to cover the cost of the operation when the animal is brought back to the Spay and Neuter Clinic for the operation; or (2) be returned to the pet owner upon production of proof of the operation at an outside facility. If the animal is not spayed or neutered within the set time period, or within the date specified in the agreement, the owner of the animal shall forfeit the thirty dollar ($30.00) fee.
   (c)   Any fee established under this section may be waived by the Director of Public Safety if the person adopting the animal is determined by the Director to be indigent in accordance with federal poverty guidelines, the person adopting has never before received the waiver, and, including the adopted animal, there is only one (1) animal in the adopting person's household.
(Ord. No. 1572-14. Passed 12-8-14, eff. 12-10-14)