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Everything You Need To Know To Find Your New Best Friend
We strive to match people with pets that fit their lifestyles. Part of our mission to take care of the animals means taking the time to find loving and responsible homes.
We have a wide selection of cats, dogs, rabbits, and small animals. If you don't see the pet you're looking for, we encourage you to continue to check regularly.
Due to the number of animals that we receive and find homes for every day, we can not guarantee that specific animals listed on our site will be available when you visit. We can not hold animals via phone, fax, or email. The best way to find a new furry companion is by visiting us in person. After all, you might be about to meet your new best friend!
How Does the Adoption Process Work?
We believe in an open, non-judgmental adoption process. We try to match a person's pet expectations so fewer pets are returned. Under normal conditions the process is:
Come in with your family and look around.
If you see a pet that you like, ask staff to meet the pet (if the pet is available to be taken out)
Complete the adoption questionnaire.
After the meeting, review the information we have on file about the pet and his/her past experience.
Finish the process by having a conversation with our adoption staff.
Following these steps, we can put a hold on a pet for 24 hours if you need time to think about the decision or to prepare your home.
Most of our pets can go home the same day.
- -Sometimes we need to have the entire household meet the pet.
-Usually, if a dog is going into a home with another dog, they will need to meet each other prior to adoption.
-If the pet is not yet spayed or neutered, he or she will have to be fixed prior to adoption
Returning an Adopted Pet
Space is always tight at the shelter. Adopting is a serious decision and it is not in the pet's best interest to be adopted, returned, and adopted again. With this said, we do acknowledge and understand that some pet placements do not work out and it is not the fault of the person or the pet. We know that sometimes life circumstances change.
We accept returned pets up to one week post-adoption through our intake process. You may make an appointment. If you are in the position of having to return an adopted pet, call us and we will review the steps with you. We don't have a "walk-in and return" policy. Note: We do have some pets that have special needs and we may deviate from the above routine to ensure their best chances at finding a home. Examples of this may be: dogs with a bite history, medically-needy pets, etc.
Click here for list of what is included with fee for dogs or cats
Puppies six months and younger: $225.00
Small and Toy-sized dogs (all ages): $180.00
Dogs older than six months: $150.00
Visit our dogs for adoption
Kittens six months and younger: $95.00
Cats older than six months: $65.00
Visit our cats for adoption
All rabbits: $50
Ferrets and Chinchillas: $50
Guinea Pigs and Rats: $15
Hamsters, Gerbils and Mice: $10
Visit our rabbits and small animals for adoption
We will not adopt a pet to anyone under the age of 18
We will not adopt to anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol
We reserve the right not to place a pet in a home based on the information we have or if we feel the pet is not a match for the person's lifestyle
AWA may reduce or waive adoption fees for a variety of reasons: Too many cats or kittens in the building, older and special needs pets that have a harder time finding homes, etc. From time to time, we run adotpion promotions.
Free-to-a-Great-Home Adoption Program
The Free to a Great Home adoption program was introduced to help find homes for animals with certain age, health or behavior challenges by offsetting the cost of saving a life. This program allows you to assist the animals who are in the greatest need by waiving the cost of the adoption fee.
Best Friends Program
The Best Friends program allows adopters to take home two best friends for a reduced adoption fee! When you adopt a cat of any age, you can bring home a "Best Friend" (cats 1 year and older only) for just $25. Both cats must be adopted at the same time, by the same person, and deemed to be compatible with each other by adoption staff.