We love when our animals are adopted into their new forever homes. Our adoption process is designed to get the right match for you and your potential pet.

All potential adopters must go through this process – no exceptions.

After you’ve completed and submitted your application form, the approval process takes a few days.

We cannot put a ‘hold’ on the animal you’re interested in. This is unfair to the animal – they deserve to get to a new home as soon as possible.

The best way to avoid disappointment and undue stress when you find the right match for you is to be pre-approved for adoption!

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees for cats and dogs cover:

  • spay/neuter
  • first vaccination
  • first deworming
  • nail clipping
  • ear cleaning
  • micro-chip identification
  • rabies vaccine (dogs only)
  • flea treatment (cats only)

Dogs

Adults: $235
Puppies (six months of age and under who have been spay/neuter): $295
All dogs adopted will be required to purchase a license (dog tag) for their area at the time of adoption.
All dogs must leave with a suitable leash and collar.

Cats

Adults: $99
Kittens (six months of age and under who have been spay/neuter): $165
All cats and kittens must be transported home in a suitable carrier.

Rabbits

$85 (includes spay/neuter surgery)

Other

Please contact the shelter at (506) 857-8698 for adoption fees for rodents and exotics.

FAQ: Adoption process

Q: Can I just show up and leave with an animal the same day?

A: You can if you have been pre-approved for adoption and have the proper restraints / carrier to take the animal home safely. Otherwise, you must be pre-approved for adoption and you must have the proper safety equipment to bring your pet home safely (carrier, leash, cage, etc.). No exceptions.

Q: I don't believe in getting approved for adoption. They're just animals! Why all this fuss?

A: They aren't "just" animals to us! They are the reason we exist. Many of these animals were strays, abandoned or mistreated. It is our duty to check references and go through the process to ensure that they find a good home.

Q: I don't have time to wait for an adoption approval!

A: We understand that sometimes people are very anxious for an animal. Unfortunately, our waiting period for application approval is in the best interest of the animal. It is our sincere hope that you will be able to be patient. We hope that you will understand our need to balance ensuring that the animal goes to a good home vs. immediate gratification. That’s why pre-approval is so important.

Q: What is the time limit for an animal up for adoption?

A: There is no time limit for an animal once it’s placed on the adoption floor. It will stay with us until it is adopted. The only exception may be if an animal eventually becomes ill or aggressive.