Adoption Policies

Adoption_Process_PageYou must be 18 years of age to adopt.

Cat Adoption applications take between 4-8 business days to process while Dog Adoption applications can take up to 10-14 business days to process. We do not do same day adoptions.

The process consists of filling out an adoption application, making an appropriate animal selection, and verifying the application information.  No application will be processed until you have met with the animal.

There will be a home visit for dog adoptions. There may be a home visit for cat adoptions.

We only accept applications from within the following area: South of Harrisburg, PA; North of Annapolis, MD; East of Gettysburg, PA; West of West Chester, PA.

We do not ship our animals.

People who have applied in person will be considered first. We are based on a first-come, first-served policy. However, if the first hold is not accepted, we move to the second hold and so on until the right home is found for that particular animal.

We do accept second and third applications on an animal.

Submitting an application for an animal online does not place a hold on the animal. You must meet in person for the hold to be accepted.

Puppies and kittens must be at least six months old to be adopted into a family with children under six years old.

Animal Rescue, Inc. reserves the right to refuse an adoption to anyone for any reason.