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Nearly four million healthy, adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States simply because too many people give up their pets, and too few people adopt from shelters. Because there is limited space at shelters, staff members sometimes need to make very hard decisions to euthanize animals who haven't been adopted.

The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them.

By adopting from a private humane society or animal shelter, rescue group, or the local animal-control agency, you'll help save the lives of two animals—the pet you adopt and a homeless animal somewhere who can be rescued because of space you helped free up. At ACRF, we offer a complete adoption process to ensure the perfect match with your new four-legged companion.



Complete an Application

Complete a dog or cat adoption application online, or you can choose to download a PDF of our application and bring it with you when you visit our sanctuary. This application may be filled out whether or not you have a specific pet in mind, and will assist in making an excellent match between you and a pet.

Visit our pets

Visit our pets to see which one connects is that special match. Our adoption staff will help answer any questions you may have about the pet’s personality and care requirements. If you are adopting one of our Lifetime Care participants you will be given detailed information about the pet. These pets are subject to joint ownership with ACRF and we retain the right to conduct routine visits and/or contact. Since adopters have been well-matched with their new companions, most stay in regular contact with us to share happy stories and special moments.

Bring your family and/or pets to visit

After the screening process an ACRF staff member will arrange a time for you to introduce your family and/or other pets to your potentially new family member. The visit may be conducted at our facility or in your home.

Adoption Donation

ACRF asks for an adoption donation of $250 for dogs and $185 for cats at the completion of the adoption process. Any additional donation will be gratefully received.

Going home

A time will be arranged for you to pick up your new family member. ACRF will follow up with you two weeks after the adoption to check on how your new companion is adjusting and to answer any additional questions you may have.

After adoption

Once you adopt your pet, make an appointment with your veterinarian. Although ACRF will have already had the pet examined by a veterinary, it is always recommended to establish a relationship with your regular vet right away to get your new companion’s records on file in case of an emergency.

Please contact ACRF with any adjustment questions or behavior troubleshooting questions. At ACRF we feel connected to our adopters through our pets. We are excited about your expanded family and would love to continue to hear from you.

Book your appointment today.