Adoption Process

  • You must be 18 years or older to adopt an animal.  A valid ID is required.
  • If you own your own home, please provide proof of home-ownership; a mortgage receipt, tax bill, water bill or deed will suffice.
  • If you rent, please bring your lease which states the type of pet you are interested in and that it is accepted or the name and phone of your landlord so we can verify the pet is allowed. Inquire with your landlord about any size or breed restrictions.
  • Please check with your home owner’s insurance company or landlord to find out if they have any restrictions on the breed(s) of dog they cover. Common breeds that may not be covered include: Pit Bulls, Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers and German Shepherds.
  • For the health and safety of the pet you are interested in adopting and your existing pets, we ask that you provide proof of current vaccinations and spay/neuter status for pets in your home.  (We may be able to call your veterinarian if you do not have a copy available.)
  • A new pet is a family decision and we ask that all members of your family meet the pet and agree on the suitability for your household.
  • If you already have a dog(s) in your home please bring the dog(s) with you to meet the dog you are considering to see if they are compatible.
  • Complete an adoption application and talk with a staff member for more information about the animal you are considering.
  • Please give yourself enough time to meet with the pets and fill out paperwork when planning your visit. Last adoptions begin 30 minutes prior to close.
  • All cats, dogs and rabbits must be spayed/neutered prior to adoption. If the pet you are interested in is not yet spayed/neutered, they can be placed on hold for you with an approved application, until their appointment.
  • If you are interested in adopting a bird or small caged pet, please bring a photo of the enclosure/cage/pen you will be housing your pet in.
  • Please bring a carrier with you to take your new pet home OR purchase a cardboard carrier from us for an additional $5.

If you have any further questions about the process, please feel free to reach out: 978-452-7781