It is easy to fall in love with many of the cats and dogs in our shelter. But all animals and adoptive families have different needs. So here are a few things to consider when choosing your new family member.

  • Are you a "big" dog person or do you prefer a smaller dog?
  • Do you want a lap cat or an independent one?
  • Do you currently have pets?
  • How long will the pet be left alone?
  • Are you looking for a running partner or a fellow couch potato?
  • Do you want a kitten or puppy, or are you looking for an adult animal?
  • Do you have young children in the house? Click here for more things to think about.

IMPORTANT UPDATE. Due to the current Coronavirus situation, we are asking all interested adopters to fill our an Online Pre-Adopt Application. Once we receive it, our staff will contact you and let you know the next step.

What are the adoption requirements?

Important Note:  While the shelter is open until 8 PM on weekdays and 6 PM on weekends, canine adoptions can take several hours; feline adoptions are quicker but you will still need time to meet with an adoption counselor. Please allow enough time before we close to find the right pet and complete the adoption. Also, keep in mind that during busy times, all adoption counselors may be assisting other adopters, and depending upon the number of people waiting, if you arrive too late we may not be able to do a same-day adoption.

In order to adopt your new family member, we require the following:

  • Bring a tax bill or mortgage statement as proof of home ownership OR a lease stating that you are allowed to have a pet. We also require your landlord's phone number so that we can speak with him or her.
  • Bring an ID with current address.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • If adopting an adult dog, the entire household must meet the dog prior to adoption.
  • If adopting a younger dog (puppy or teen dog), the primary caretaker and all children under 18 must meet the puppy prior to adoption, and the other spouse must give approval (via phone is OK).
  • We take many things into consideration when making a decision about placing our pets in homes. Every situation is different, so please understand that we are trying to make the best match for both you and our furry friends.
  • If you own a dog now and want to adopt another:

Please bring your dog's veterinary records to show it is up-to-date on its shots.  

To prevent adding to the population of unwanted pets, it is the Shelter's standard policy not to adopt an unaltered pet to families who own another unaltered pet.

We do not usually require you to bring your dog with you to meet the new dog. However, from our experience, even just a short meeting in a neutral setting can provide valuable insight as to whether two dogs will get along.

Please understand that our dogs are rescue dogs, and most of the time we have little to no history. We only know their behaviors that they have shown while staying with us. We want to give you every opportunity to have a successful adoption and to not make any pet (yours or ours) feel threatened. That's why we recommend you bring your current dog with you to meet their potential new best friend. We have large fenced in play yards for them to "get to know each other," but if you feel that your current dog won't do well with a visit, we'll usually let you be the best one to judge.

However, if we know that our dog is sometimes reactive or fearful around other dogs, and if that's the dog you think you want, we reserve the right to require you to bring your dog in for an initial meet and greet. We'll try to put that info on the pet's info page when we observe a pet who might be slow in making new friends, but events may move more quickly than we are able to update our website.

What is the adoption fee?

  • Kittens & Teen Cats, Unaltered (under 12 months) $275
  • Kittens & Teen Cats, Altered (under 12 months) $350
  • Adult Cats (1 to under 7 yrs) $200
  • Mature Cats (7 yrs and older) $100
  • Mature Cats (7 yrs and older) $50 with Seniors for Seniors Discount
  • Puppies & Teen Dogs, Unaltered (under 12 months) $450
  • Puppies & Teen Dogs, Altered (under 12 months) $550
  • Adult Dogs, Unaltered (1 to under 7 yrs) $350
  • Adult Dogs, Altered (1 to under 7 yrs) $450
  • Mature Dogs (7 yrs and older) $325
  • Mature Dogs (7 yrs and older) $150 with Seniors for Seniors Discount

Adoption fees may be paid with cash (sorry, no checks), MasterCard, VISA, Discover., or American Express. While the above fees apply to most adoptions, the Shelter may require more or less than the fees listed above. For example, we have a higher adoption fee for a purebred dog to help offset the extra expenses of other animals who need medical care. Also, a bonded pair may have a reduced fee.

The Shelter's staff is trained to help families choose the right pet for their personalities and lifestyles. The Shelter reserves the right to deny any adoption that the staff feels is not in the best interests of the family or pet.

Why is there an adoption fee to save a pet?

Occasionally, people ask why there is any adoption fee at all when we are a non-profit organization whose mission is to place all our pets in permanent, loving homes. Unfortunately, it costs money to operate our Shelter. We fund airline and van transportation for arriving pets, medical care, feeding costs, gas and electricity, telephone, Internet, building maintenance, office and building supplies, municipal payments in lieu of property taxes, insurance, and a long list of other costs from our own pockets to keep the Shelter running properly.

We are not subsidized by any state or national programs. The adoption fee covers only about half of our expenses; to cover the deficit we depend upon the donations of generous individuals wanting to do their part to ensure that our cats and dogs get the care that they deserve.
Read more about how to make a tax-deductible monetary donation.

What is included with the adoption fee?

The feline adoption fee includes:

  • Up to date, age appropriate, vaccines including Distemper Combo and Rabies
  • Preventive deworming
  • Felv/FIV test or FELV test
  • Low cost Spay/Neuter Certificate if not already altered
  • In house veterinary exam with health certificate
  • Follow up exam fee waived within 7-30 days at a participating veterinarian
  • Microchipped
  • 30 day free trial Trupanion Pet Insurance

The canine adoption fee includes:

  • Up to date, age appropriate, vaccines including Distemper Combo and Rabies
  • Preventive deworming
  • Heartworm/Lyme/Ehrlichia/Anaplasmosis test if over 6 months old
  • Low cost Spay/Neuter Certificate if not already alternate
  • In house veterinary exam with health certificate
  • Follow up exam fee waived within 7-30 days at at a participating veterinarian
  • Microchipped
  • Canines over 4 months will also go home with a collar
  • Behavior evaluation results for all canines over 6 months
  • 30 day free trial Trupanion Pet Insurance
Start your new puppy or dog on the right path by attending training classes. Ask us for recommendations in your area.