Adopting a Pet

Adopting a Pet

Photograph of two children woth two dogs

Dogs and cats available for adoption on any given day vary greatly in shape, size, age and breed (some are pure-bred, but most are mixed). The shelter staff screens each animal to make sure it doesn't have any obvious health or behavior problems before making it available for adoption.

You must be at least 18 years old to adopt a pet. Individuals must be adopting the pet for themselves, not as a gift or on behalf of someone else. An adoption application must be completed and reviewed by shelter staff.

The adoption fee must be paid in full at the time of the adoption, accompanied by a signed and dated adoption application.

We do not hold or board pets here - your new pet goes home with you when you complete the adoption process, unless the pet needs to be neutered or spayed. Pets needing to be neutered go to a veterinary clinic where you pick up the pet after the operation. 

You may print and fill out this adoption application and bring it with you to the shelter.

We place pets with adopters who will provide indoor homes. We do not place pets into homes where they will live outdoors. We realize this may eliminate some potentially good and loving families from adopting through the shelter, but we are charged with the health and well-being of these pets.

In our experience dealing with neighborhood complaints, we know that the vast majority of barking dog complaints are made against animals that are outside, especially when their owners are away. The majority of the hundreds of stray dogs that come to us every year escaped from yards when their owners were away. Sadly, almost all the deceased or critically injured dogs our officers pick up on the roads were left alone outdoors.

A rare exception to this policy may be made for pets that might otherwise be unadoptable to an indoor home. Any exception is on a case by case basis and entirely for the benefit of the animal.

Adoption Fees:

  • Dogs: $75 younger than 6 years old; $55 for 6 or older.
  • Cats $55 for younger than 8 months; $40 for 8 months or older. 
  • Bonded pair (emotional attachment to each other) available for single price.

Adoption fee includes:

  • Neutering
  • License for dogs
  • Leukemia testing and first leukemia shot for cats
  • First 4-way shot for cats
  • DHLP shot for dogs
  • Training and behavior information packet


  • Allow ample time and patience when adopting. The whole process can take about an hour.
  • Pick out and spend time with a pet.
  • Fill out a 2-page adoption application.
  • Our staff will go over the application with you.
  • For dogs, an appointment for a home visit will be made. This is to help you have a successful adoption.
  • After the home visit is completed and approved, an appointment will be made with the veterinarian of your choice to have your new family member spayed or neutered.

What to bring when adopting:

  • Driver’s license or other official photograph identification
  • Check guarantee card
  • Written landlord approval
  • Your dog if you are planning to adopt another dog
  • As many members of your family as possible
  • Patience. This process takes time.

Have your home set up to accommodate your new pet before it arrives (fence repaired, cable run set up, etc.)