Update: Please note, we are currently conducting both adoptions and surrenders by appointment only. We are not open for walk-ins at this time. We are on track to reinstate some open hours in early 2022 so you will once again be welcome to meet available pets prior to applying. Please watch this space. Thank you!
About our adoption process: To find the best fit, we're proud to say we work on a matching basis, not on a first-come, first-served basis. Once you've adopted, we pledge to be a life-long source of information, advice and support. Please ask us any questions throughout the adoption process, and stay in touch after!
Interested in adopting? Next steps:
1. About the process: We don't accept general applications; you can apply for a specific pet only.
2. Find a pet: Click on the blue button below to see available pets. Any pets listed here are still available. Please read the full profile to see if a particular animal could be a good fit for you and your family.
3. Apply: Once you have identified a potential pet please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know which pet you are interested in.
We will send you a MatchMaker survey, which helps us to ensure that your chosen pet would be ideal for you, and an Animal Adoption Application that requests information about you, including references.
4. Meet the pet: We will contact you once your application is processed, typically within 48 hours. If approved, we'll schedule an appointment for you to meet the pet. In most circumstances, we ask that you be ready to take the pet with you that day, as our goal is to limit the time pets spend in our shelter.
(Note: if you already own a dog and are looking to adopt another, we do require the dogs meet at our Shelter after your adoption application has been processed. Staff will arrange and supervise this meeting. We also suggest that all dog adoptions start with a 7-day trial period to ensure compatibility).
We're a non-profit charity & receive no town, state or federal funding. To provide excellent care for our pets, we must charge fees as follows:
Senior Cats $60
Adult dog: $360 *
Senior dog: $250
Guinea Pigs: $30
* A $100 training deposit may be required for some dogs & will be reimbursed upon proof of completion of a (positive-reinforcement) training class
**Fees are often reduced or waived completely for seniors & those with serious health conditions.
We know surrendering a pet is a difficult decision, yet it can sometimes can be the best choice for the welfare of your pets and you. We want to help. We ask that you first explore other possible solutions.
Behavioral issues: Many pets end up in shelters for behavioral issues that could be improved with training or medical intervention. For a report on common dog behavior issues and solutions, please click here: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/common-dog-behavior-issues For a report on common cat behavior issues and solutions, click here:
Moving: Difficulty renting with a pet is one of the most common reasons for pet surrender. To search for a pet-friendly apartment by zip code, click https://www.peoplewithpets.com/pet-friendly-apartments/
Trouble affording your pet: There are organizations, like ours, which provide food and wellness services to those facing financial hardship, and low cost spay neuter surgery for community pets. To see a complete list of resources available to pet owners facing hardship, please click below.