Adoptions FAQ’s

What is included in the adoption fee?

Our adoption fee includes the spay or neuter surgery, microchip, vaccinations for the Bordatella Virus (Kennel Cough), Parvo/Corona Virus (Distemper), Canine Influenza Virus (CIV), and a 14-day limited health guarantee from Redstone Animal Hospital. When you visit Redstone Animal Hospital to activate the 14-day limited health guarantee, you will receive a free wellness exam and rabies vaccination.

What is the adoption process?

We ask that all potential adopters complete an adoption application that helps us determine how the pet will fit into your current lifestyle. All adopters must be at least 18 years of age.  We need to have landlord approval prior to adopting to renters. We do not place holds on any pet that is available for adoption.  If there are multiple approved adoption applications, the selection of the most suitable home and best match will be made by a drawing.
All members of the family should meet with the new pet.  If there are other dogs in the household, we request that the potential adopters go through a “meet and greet” process with their current dog.  This helps us and the family determine whether the dogs will get along with each other. In the case of a senior dog who may be overstressed by visiting the shelter, we will waive the “meet and greet” requirement.  We do not have a “meet and greet” requirement for cats. If you are planning to adopt a dog and have cats at home, please ask our staff how the dog is with cats.

Volunteering FAQ’s

What times and days do you need the most help?

All 7 days a week! We need the most help during the time window of 8:30am-11:00am (9:00–12:00 on Sundays), as this is when we are cleaning the kennels and always need help with this. While we are appreciative of help any time of the day, please note that there may not be a need in the afternoons, and if you are new to volunteering, we would ask that you please avoid coming in after 4:00 to begin with (unless you are walking dogs or cuddling cats). You may come in whatever day you want for as long as you want. No appointment necessary.

Can groups come in to volunteer?

Yes, groups can come in to volunteer, although we ask that you schedule this via the Volunteer Coordinator at Please note that we get many inquiries for large groups and may not always have the need or opportunity available; therefore, please give us as much notice as possible. We always appreciate your support. We can always use blankets and in-kind support. Organizing a donation drive or fundraiser in our name is always a great way to support us. Find our donation wish list at here.

What should I wear?

Be sure to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty (sweatpants, T-shirt, sweater) and closed toed shoes (sneakers, hiking boots, etc). If you have any questions or queries, please contact Sally Bohm, Volunteer Coordinator at