Adoption Process

When you adopt a pet, you save lives.

Our adoption process is designed to help you find the perfect match in a pet. We’ll work with you to ensure that this new lifelong commitment starts off smoothly with a successful transition – for both of you!

Whether you are looking for a jogging partner, a cuddle buddy, or a playmate, our matchmaking adoption process was created to find a companion that complements your lifestyle. When searching for a pet, consider what your lifestyle, activity level, and home environment is like and look for an animal that is suitable for you.

Step 1 –  View our adoptable animals

We have many wonderful dogs & cats awaiting their new home, and they’re all on our website. See if anyone catches your eye—but be sure to read their bio, which has important information on their likes and dislikes! If you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for, we’d be happy to make suggestions!

Step 2 – Fill out an adoption questionnaire

Once your application is submitted, it will get reviewed and if approved, we will contact you in 1 to 3 business days to schedule an appointment to meet. Currently, all adoptions are by appointment only. Our goal is to find the best match for you, as well as for the animals in our care—so we may suggest other animals that we think are a better fit.

If you are unable to fill out a questionnaire online, you can pick up a paper copy at our shelter (please note: you will not be able to visit the animals at that time).

Step 3 – Schedule a Meet and Greet

Due to the unknown histories of many of our shelter animals, we strongly prefer (and may require) all members of your household to be present at the meet-and-greet.

For dogs:

  • We require the primary caregiver to meet the animal before adoption
  • We highly recommend children under 10 years-old to meet the dog, and may require it for some dogs
  • For some dogs, such as dogs with special medical or behavior needs, we may require all members of the household to be present
  • If you have other dogs in your home, we highly recommend you bring them in for a meet-and-greet, supervised by one of our animal care specialists. You must show proof that your current dog is up-to-date on their Rabies vaccine before they can meet our dog.

For cats:

  • We require the primary caregiver to meet the cat prior to adoption
  • We highly recommend any children under 10-years-old to meet the animal, and may require it for some cats
  • We do not allow meet-and-greets between our adoptable cats and your resident pets, but can instead counsel you on how to introduce your pets safely at home

What to bring:

  • your driver’s license or a state-issued ID with your current address showing you are at least 18-years-old
  • one proof of address (piece of mail or bill matching your ID)
  • if bringing your resident dog for a meet-and-greet, you must bring a copy of their rabies certificate



If you do not bring all required documents, we will be unable to process the adoption. We do not place holds on adoptable animals.

Step 4 – Adopt!

Once the adoption has been approved, you pay the adoption fee and take your new friend home for a lifetime of love!

Please Note: 

All adoption meet and greets are currently BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. An appointment does not guarantee adoption. We reserve the right to deny any adoption if we believe it is in the best interest of the animal.

Some adoptable animals (such as puppies) receive a high volume of applications. When this is the case, we typically schedule up to 3 meet and greet appointments until the animal has been adopted. If an animal you are interested in is adopted prior to your scheduled appointment, we will make every attempt to contact you ahead of time to let you know. You can still come in for your appointment and we will try to match you with another great animal in need of a home, or you can choose to reschedule your appointment for a future date.

Additional Pet resources:

How much does it really cost to own a pet? Find out with the Pet Ownership Costs Guide for 2021.