Adopt a Pet
Adopting a new pet into your family will be a very rewarding and exciting experience.
We’ve been facilitating adoptions since 1911, so we think we’re pretty good at match making. When you are chosen by a pet (yes, they typically choose you!) we do our best to make the whole experience fast, fun and friendly so you can take your new friend home right away.
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During our COVID-19 closure, we are conducting adoptions by appointment. Please learn more about this process here.
Step One: Complete an adoption survey
- You can complete a survey during your visit at the shelter, or download and print a copy to complete at home and bring in with you.
Step Two: Visit the ARLGP
- During your visit at the ARLGP, talk with our adoption counselors so they can match your lifestyle and expectations with the purr-fect playmate. Our staff spends time with each and every animal, so they will be able to consider your needs and find potential adoptees that will work well with your family.
- All of our adoptions are performed on a first-come, first-served basis. If you arrive prior to our opening time, please sign yourself in on the list posted on our front door. This allows us to track the order of adopters for our first-come process. Please note: if you arrive earlier than opening and sign-in, you must remain on our campus.
Step Three: Welcome a new family member!
- Did you find your new furry family member? We’ll give you all the details on your new ball of fur, and process your adoption promptly.
Didn’t find a new furry friend on your first visit?
During your visit, if a furry friend didn’t say hello, we’ll hold your adoption survey for thirty days so you can keep looking. We have new animals paw through our doors daily- we encourage you to stop by often to take a peek around.
Our Littermate Policy Regarding Puppies
Per policy, the ARLGP does not adopt out puppies from the same litter together. We know that a single puppy is a lot of work and a big commitment. It’s important that new adopters take the time to ensure their new puppy gets all the attention, training, play and socialization it needs during the formative months of its life. Littermate syndrome is a very real possibility when littermates are not separated. Littermate syndrome occurs when puppies from the same litter stay together in a home and bond strongly to each other. This can prevent a bond with people, can cause dog-to-dog aggression later in life with each other and with other dogs and can cause fear in new situations, fear of strangers and of unfamiliar stimuli and anxiety when separated. This does not happen with every pair of littermates, but there is no way to tell ahead of time whether it will occur or not. The ARLGP recommends adopting a puppy, getting that puppy adapted to their new home and well down the road to house training, basic obedience training and socialization and then consider adopting a second puppy.
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