Adopt

Adopt from a rescue or purchase from a breeder?

Adopted dogs and cats make wonderful pets. Many people think that you can only get a well tempered animal or one with certain traits if you purchase from a breeder. The dogs that come to AARF are evaluated for temperament and suitability as a family pet.

 
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“My two AARF puppies are a healthy, happy delight! Buttercup is a gorgeous brindle bundle of sweetness and love, and Allie is an adorable, smart chocolate lab mix. Thank you AARF!”

— Molly L.

 

Reasons to Adopt

  • Each year, 2.7 million unwanted cats and dogs are euthanized in the U.S. You are helping to alleviate the dog and cat overpopulation problem.   

  • While the cost of daily caring for a dog/cat is the same as getting an animal from a breeder, the initial cost can save you thousands of dollars.

  • Spay/neuter is covered with all adoptions which help stem the tide of overpopulation. Many of the animals that end up in shelters are the result of accidental breeding by free-roaming, unaltered pets. The more pets spayed or neutered, the fewer dogs and cats will have to be destroyed.

  • All animals are microchipped at the time of adoption.

  • You stop mass breeding facilities (puppy mills) when you don’t go to a breeder for a dog and, instead, support rescue organizations.

  • You might find an older or special needs animal that is perfect for you and you for them.

  • Depending on the age of the animal, they are often socialized, house and crate trained. Some may even know basic etiquette such as sit, down, and stay.

  • You save a life by making room for one more animal to be rescued. Shelters are always full.

You change a homeless animal’s whole world when you give him a loving, safe place to live.

 
 

THE Adoption fee for dogs/puppies is $200.

 

What a dog/puppy adoption includes:

  • Spay/neuter (or voucher if too young at time of adoption)

  • Rabies vaccine (3 months or older)

  • Distemper/Parvo/Bordetella vaccines up until the time of adoption

  • Initial deworming and flea treatment

  • Heartworm test (age dependent) and treatment as needed

  • One month of heartworm prevention 

  • 24PetWatch microchip & registration

  • Examination by a licensed veterinarian

  • 30-day free pet health insurance from 24Pet Watch 

Once your application has been approved and your references have been checked, we setup a home visit.  When completed and everyone decides this is a good fit, we will schedule a time for you to come to the AARF house for the adoption.  At that time you will receive the vet records we have, complete all the paperwork, pay the adoption fee and you take your new puppy/dog to its forever home! It’s a very happy moment for everyone.

fill out our DOG APPLICATION

Follow the instructions to submit an application electronically.

What are the next steps?

vet references

An AARF Adoption Counselor will call your veterinarian. If you haven’t had previous pets, we require two personal non-relative references.

Home Visit

With an approved application, an AARF Adoption Counselor will call to set up a home visit. This provides an opportunity for AARF to see if your home is a good fit for the dog and if you feel the dog is a good fit for your home. It provides an opportunity to ask specific questions, so you can be prepared to welcome your new dog.

 

the Adoption fee for kittens is $125 (additional $50 for a second).

the Adoption fee for Cats (> 1 year) is $75 (additional $50 for a second).

 

What a cat/kitten adoption includes:

  • Spay/neuter (or voucher if too young at time of adoption)

  • Rabies vaccine (4 months or older)

  • Rhinotracheitis/Calicivirus /Panleukopenia vaccines up until the time of adoption

  • Initial deworming and flea treatment

  • FeLV/FIV TEST

  • 24PetWatch microchip & registration

  • Examination by a licensed veterinarian

  • 30-day free pet health insurance from 24Pet Watch

Once your application is approved and fees paid, your new friend can be picked up at a scheduled adoption time.


fill out our cat APPLICATION

Follow the instructions to submit an application electronically.

Adoption FAQs

 

What does the adoption include?

All kinds of great stuff! When cats and dogs arrive, they are examined by one of our participating licensed veterinarians, tested as needed for heartworm (dogs, 6 months+), FeLV/FIV (cats) and will receive the age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip, spay/neuter, plus 30-days free pet health insurance from 24PetWatch.
 

How long will it take for my application to be approved?

Minimum of 2-3 business days. However, we are an almost 100% volunteer-run organization, so please be patient with us if it takes a little longer.
 

Is there a minimum age to adopt?

21 years of age and not an undergraduate.
 

Why does my pet need to be spayed/neutered?

Spaying and neutering helps stem the tide of overpopulation. Many of the animals that end up in shelters are the result of accidental breeding by free-roaming, unaltered pets. The more pets spayed or neutered, the fewer dogs and cats will have to be destroyed. It does not make animals fat and lazy, harm their health, or hurt their personalities, as some people mistakenly believe. Spaying not only reduces the stress and discomfort females endure during heat periods, but also eliminates the risk of uterine cancer and reduces the chance of mammary cancer. Neutering makes males far less likely to roam or fight, urinate in the home, and helps prevent testicular cancer.  

Why do you do a home visit (dogs only) before allowing an adoption?

AARF volunteers try to place animals in a home environment that is suitable for the individual needs of each pet. Size and temperament of the animals are carefully considered, as are the needs and constraints of their prospective families. The home visit provides an opportunity to introduce the new dog to pets already in the home and gives the new owners an opportunity to prepare for their new dog.

Why might I be turned down on an adoption application?

When reviewing applications the AARF volunteer takes into account many factors including the animal’s age, size, temperament and the living environment that you have to offer. Vet references are checked to be sure they are in compliance with AARF policy. If the prospective adopter has not had previous pets, personal references are requested. After the home visit, if the AARF Adoption Counselor feels that the home environment isn’t a good fit for that particular dog, they may suggest you choose a different one.

What happens if my first choice gets multiple applications?

Multiple applications for the same dog/cat is common. For that reason, the applicant is encouraged to put two choices on the form. AARF attempts to find the best match for that animal and sometimes the counselor will need to make a decision. If your first choice is adopted to someone else, you may be eligible to adopt a different one.
 

Is it first come/first serve?

No. We take great care in matching our dogs and cats to prospective homes that will fit the environment and lifestyle of the family. We want the adoptive home to be the “forever” home for all of our rescues. We take great care to the best of our ability to make sure that happens.  
 

Why can’t it be a same day adoption?

AARF volunteers want to find the best possible home for all of our rescues. We want to be sure there is a clear understanding of the responsibilities, both financial and otherwise, of bringing a pet into your home.  


Are any of the cats feral?

No. AARF does not accept feral cats.

Will we get all the medical records of the animal we adopt?

Yes, you will receive whatever medical records we have on that particular animal at the time of adoption.

Can I adopt a pet for someone else?

No. Only the person who will be caring for the pet is allowed to adopt. This is in the best interest of the pet and the adopter. If you are interested in making an adoption a gift, we recommend a gift certificate. Since selecting a pet is such a personal experience, the recipient of the gift will appreciate being able to make their own choice.

Is there a trial period to take the pet to see if it is a ‘fit’?

No. We try to assess the home situation and find the best fit for everyone prior to adoption.


If you have any questions after reading all of the above information, please email AARF. Your email will be answered in a timely fashion.