Adoption Process

Adoption Process

How does the adoption process work?

The first step is to meet with an adoption specialist so they can assist you in finding the best match for you. Browsing is always encouraged, however—either via website, facebook, petfinder, or visiting the adoption center. Our goal is to assist you in finding your best match for a lifelong companion.

When you arrive, we will direct you to PARL’s cats, critters or dogs (depending on your preference.) We encourage you to spend time outside with the dogs, or petting our cats and small animals. Please ask questions -- we're here to help!

At our shelter we never know what kinds of animals will be surrendered on any given day, so our adoptable animals can change daily. If you don't find what you are looking for the first time, please come see us again! Chances are that we will have some new furry friends available for adoption, and one of them might be purr-fect for you!

All of our dogs and cats are fed Hill's Science Diet food. We are proud to be a partner with them and are able to feed our shelter animals a high quality, consistent diet. In addition, Hill's also donates a coupon with every cat and dog adoption.

Ready to adopt your new friend?

It’s a big step, but we are here to help you.

We practice open adoptions here at PARL, which means there is not a lengthy application process. Rather, we choose to have a friendly conversation with you and find out more what you, your family and your situation. Our adoption process is designed to make the best possible match for you and our animals. We're proud to say that thousands of animals are placed in loving homes every year and now we hope to do the same for you!

Some things to think about when choosing a new pet:

  • Does your new pet need to get along with kids, cats, or other dogs (in the home, or around town..)?
  • How much time do you have to play with/exercise and train your new pet?
  • How much time will your pet spend home alone?
  • What is your (and your neighbor’s) tolerance for noise, such as barking?
  • Does your new pet need to live happily in a busy, active household or with children or older adults?
  • What is your tolerance level for minor destruction, such as chewing, scratching furniture, knocking items off shelves, and/or housetraining accidents?

Having the answers to these types of questions can help us help you find your perfect match!

    We encourage meet & greets for all! It’s a good idea for all family members and roommates that will be living with your new pet to come to the shelter. Looking for a companion for your dog? Let’s arrange a meet & greet for your dog as well! What else? Well, you need to be at least 18 years old and have photo identification. Pretty simple!

Found your purr-fect match?

Here’s what happens next…

  • Get to Know Each Other – Once you find a pet that you are considering to adopt, a staff member discuss the pet’s history and background, tell you a little about its personality and then give you a chance to spend some time together.
  • It’s time for us to get to know you a little better! A staff member will ask to have a conversation with you so we can help you find the perfect match.
  • Making it Official! Confident you made the right choice? We will process your adoption paperwork and you will get an adoption packet that includes training tips, records of the pet's history and vaccinations, and other helpful paperwork. In most cases, you can take your new pet home with you the same day you come in.

Congratulations on your decision to adopt a new best friend! We hope you find the perfect companion you are looking for.

Adoption Fees

DOGS

6 months and older $225 / Under 6 months $350

Dog and Puppy Adoptions include:

  • Spay/Neuter Surgery
  • Distemper Vaccination
  • Bordetella Vaccination
  • Rabies Vaccination
  • Heartworm Test and preventative
  • Deworming
  • Flea preventive
  • Microchip
  • Free office visit at participating Veterinary Office
  • One month trial of insurance from 24PetWatch
  • Coupon for Hill's Science Diet Food
  • Lifetime Behavioral Support (by phone or email)
  • Subscription to PARL’s e-news & updates
  • * specific vaccines may vary depending on age of animal & length of time in our care

    CATS

    6 months and older $90 / Under 6 months $175 ($50 discount for 2 or more)

    Cat and Kitten Adoptions include:

  • Spay/Neuter Surgery
  • Distemper Vaccination
  • Rabies Vaccination
  • Deworming
  • Flea preventive
  • Microchip
  • Free office visit at participating Veterinary Office
  • One month trial of insurance from 24PetWatch
  • Coupon for Hill's Science Diet Food
  • Lifetime Behavioral Support (by phone or email)
  • Subscription to PARL’s e-news & updates
  • * specific vaccines may vary depending on age of animal & length of time in our care

    RABBITS - $50

    Rabbit Adoptions include:

  • Spay/Neuter Surgery
  • Lifetime Behavioral Support (by phone or email)
  • Subscription to PARL’s e-news & updates
  • OTHER SMALL ANIMALS - PRICES VARY

    Guinea pigs - $25
    Rats, Mice, Gerbils and Hamsters - $10
    Ferrets - $65 (includes rabies vaccine) $10 state permit fee also required
    Birds - Prices vary greatly based on the size, breed, and care requirements. Please contact the
    shelter with any questions related to bird adoption fees.