General Adoption Information
The adoption process is one all parties must take seriously. We work hard to place the right animal in the right home and because of this, the process may take up to 72 hours from the time you submit your application. We do check references, but once you are approved, the process moves very quickly and you'll be invited out to see the animals. Most of our communication, after the time you submit an application, is done via email so please make sure you check your email account frequently and respond quickly.
Please note that we cannot consider you for an adoption until we receive a fully completed application. We welcome your questions, but inquiring about an animal is not considered an application. Fortunately for them, our animals move very quickly so if you find yourself even slightly interested in one of our animals, it is in your best interest to complete and submit an application immediately. Submitting an application does not commit you to any animal, but does get you a head start with the adoption approval process.
Remember: Approved applicants receive priority at our adoption events. If you’re invited to meet an animal, plan to arrive on time or early. We cannot hold animals.
If you feel that you can provide a loving home for one our animals, please:
- Review our Adoption Policies.
- Review our Available Pets for potential adoptee candidates.
Complete an Adoption Application prior to meeting an animal and ensure you review the Rules and Disclosures for potential adopters.
You will be screened to ensure that:
- You understand the life long responsibility of adopting and caring for a pet.
- All household members consent to the decision to adopt.
- Adopting a pet will not result in a violation of your lease. If you live in an apartment, we do ask that you provide us with a copy of the lease or obtain a letter of approval from your landlord.
- You are at least 18 years of age or older to adopt a pet from us.
- The temperament of the animal you are interested in is conducive to your lifestyle and home environment.
- All animals in your house are current with vaccinations (distemper and bordatella for dogs and distemper for cats), rabies vaccinations should be current, heartworm and flea preventative are being used and the animals have been altered;
- Agree to the our adoption fees*:
Dogs: $200.00 Puppies: $225.00 Cats: $110.00 Declawed Cats: $125.00 Kittens: $125.00
*Unless otherwise noted in pet listing or adoption contract. Dogs and Cats less than 6 months old are classified as a puppy or kitten.
- First Distemper Vaccination
- Initial de-worming
- Heartworm or Feline Aids/Leukemia Testing
- A certificate for a free veterinary exam2
- Rabies Vaccination of dogs 6 months and older
- Microchip Implant, a permanent identification to help protect animals from loss or theft.
1If a pet is too young to be spayed or neutered by us, the adopter is responsible for the alteration of the pet at the appropriate time as noted on the contract. ARF does follow up with those who adopt a pet who has not been altered and you will be expected and required to provide proof of alteration. A low cost spay or neuter coupon may be provided as part of the adoption package.
2As part of the contract you must take the pet to an ARF approved vet within the first 7 days after adopting. If you choose to go to another vet, ARF cannot be responsible for any fees incurred as part of that decision. It is never ARF's intention to adopt out a pet that is known to be sick and all animals are vetted prior to adoption, but you still must take responsibility for taking your new pet for an initial veterinary exam.