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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.



During our COVID-19 closure, we are conducting adoptions by appointment. Please read below to learn about our online waitlist process:

The ARLGP is currently using an online first-come/first-serve adoption application process through a platform called Waitwhile.

If you are interested in adopting an animal that is listed on our website, please read the process information below and use the links at the bottom of the page to proceed in starting the adoption counseling process for the cat, dog or critter you are interested in learning more about.

PLEASE NOTE: The ARLGP remains closed to public visitors who are not scheduled for a program or service. Due to Maine COVID-19 regulations, we are only able to adopt to Maine residents or out-of-state residents who are permitted to travel to Maine OR have met the 14-day Maine quarantine prior to adoption application. (View the state of Maine visitor guidelines here)


  • Newly available animals are posted on our website every evening. You can check our website after 7pm daily to view all animals available for adoption the following day.
    • Dogs are listed here
    • Cats are listed here
    • Small animals and birds are listed here
  • Each morning at 10am an online waitlist will open for animals available that day. You can follow the links below to sign up on our waitlist to be placed “in line” for a phone counseling session.
  • The waitlists will close when 15 people are signed up/in line and will open back up as people are served. If the waitlist is closed when you attempt to sign up, please continue to refresh the page as a spot will eventually open.
  • The waitlists will close daily at 2pm to serve everyone still signed up/in line. They will reopen again the next morning at 10am.
  • Animals are first-come/first-served, so we cannot guarantee a specific animal will be available when your session begins. You can keep an eye on our available pet webpages. As animals are adopted, they will be removed from the website (remember to refresh).
    • If you are only interested in one specific animal and that animal is removed from the website, it means that the animal has an adoption appointment and you should cancel your spot in line.
  • You will be able to see the estimated wait time when you join the waitlist. You will also receive a link via text and email that will allow you to see updated wait time estimates.
  • You will receive auto-alerts via text and email when you are #1 in line and 10 minutes before the counselor will be calling you for your adoption counseling session.


  • For cats and small animals: Currently, to maintain social distancing in our facility, we are limiting in-person meet-and-greets to cats and small animals that have special needs or special adoption placement requirements. For the majority of cats, kittens, and small animals, you will decide to adopt during your phone counseling session and a time for curbside pick-up will be scheduled within 24 hours.
  • For dogs: if you decide you are still interested in meeting a dog after your counseling session, your adoption counselor will schedule a meet-and-greet for you at the shelter. The meet-and-greet will be scheduled within 24 hours of your counseling session. Adopters should be prepared to finalize the adoption and bring the dog home at the time of the meet-and-greet if you decide the dog is right for your family.


  • Sign up on our waitlist for a cat or small animal here
  • Sign up on our waitlist for a dog here


To review our adoption fees and learn about microchipping, please visit our adoption fees page.

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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