Adoption Process

Adoption Fees

In order to make the proper match between you and your new family member, we take many things into consideration.  Placing a pet in a new home that is best for the family and their new companion pet is what we consider most important.  We do not place pets on a first come first served basis. 

If you see a cat or dog on our website that you are interested in, please call before driving a long distance to make sure he/she is in our shelter and currently available.  Some animals have a high interest level and may get adopted faster than we can remove them from our website, and some animals are placed in temporary foster homes and may not be in our shelter during every open hour. 


  • Please print a copy of your application and bring it with you to the shelter to facilitate an adoption.
  • A valid license or picture ID is required.
  • Proof of home ownership may be required to complete an adoption.  Please bring a tax bill or mortgage statement as proof of home ownership, OR if you rent, a lease stating that you are allowed to have a pet.  We also require your landlord's phone number in case we need to speak with him or her.
  • The entire family must meet the dog before the adoption of a SARL dog can be finalized.  One family member must be at least 21 years of age.  If you currently have a dog, we require that you bring him/her with you so that he can meet your prospective new family member.

Your current pets must be up-to-date on vaccines and must be altered if the dog is over 6 months of age.  The adoption counselor may call and verify with your veterinarian. 

Sorry we do not ship dogs! 

Every situation is different, so please understand that we are trying to make the best match for both you and our animal friends!  If the right match does not occur today, it doesn't mean it will not occur the next time around.  Our adoption counselors are trained to help you find the right pet for your family.


Puppy (up to 6 mos)
   Training deposit 



Puppy (6 mos - 1 yr)
   Training deposit 
Adult (1 - 7 Yrs)
Senior (Over 7 Yrs)


​Adoption of all puppies and some dogs requires a $100 training deposit which will be refunded in full upon completion of a training program. Present your certificate of completed training, and your refund will be issued.

Dog / Puppy Adoption Fee Includes:

  • heartworm test
  • spay / neuter
  • microchip
  • dewormed
  • age-appropriate vaccines (i.e., distemper and rabies)
  • collar and identification tag




Adult (8 mos - 8 Yrs)


Senior (Over 8 Yrs)


Senior for a Senior Citizen (62+)



Cat / Kitten Adoption Fee Includes:

  • FIV / FeLV test
  • spay / neuter
  • microchip
  • dewormed
  • age-appropriate vaccines (i.e., distemper and rabies)

NOTE:  All cats need to leave our shelter in a pet-approved carrier. We will provide one at a nominal cost if an adopter does not have one.