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  Adopt a Pet

You must be at least 21 years old to adopt a pet.

To find your new best friend, either come visit the shelter...
or check out who is in residence online:

Dogs          Cats          Rabbits

We also have other small & furry animals, such as Guinea Pigs, mice, and rats, so come down to visit us and find your newest family member. 


  Once you've read our adoption procedures (below), click here to fill out an adoption survey.

What about Barn Cats?

Sometimes we have cats that would be best suited for a barn home. Read more about our our barn cat philosophy.



Adoption Procedure:

  • Bring your family to the ARLNH Shelter during any of our open shelter hours.  We do ask that the entire family meet the potential adoptee because we encourage adoption to be a family decision

  • Fill out an adopter survey to see which pet is right for you!

  • Meet the animals that are currently available for adoption.

  • Talk with the staff to see if that particular pet is a good match for you.
  • It is required that you bring your dog in for a "Dog Introduction" to see if the dog you are thinking of adopting will get along with your current dog. This is done in a safe way in our outdoor pen area.

  • Stop in the For Pets Sake Shelter store and pick up supplies for your new pet, at a 15% discount on your day of adoption.

  • Take your new pet home!


All American Shelter Dogs

Determining what breed to post on the internet for the dogs that come into the shelter is not as easy as you would think.

The software used in our shelter computer program and the shelter posting sites all require a ‘breed’ be defined when listing an animal. We pick from a pull-down list that each software company has in place and it is often just a guess based on appearances. Most programs do not offer the option of “Mixed Breed” or all ‘American Shelter Dog”.

Every dog that enters our doors is asked: “What kind of dog are you?”

Opinions vary about the dogs’ breeds. With some dogs, it is obvious what breed they are or they have a known pedigree. With most, it is not so easy. Often they do not have a standard breed look. They may have coloring of one breed but body structure of another. Sometimes like look strongly like a specific breed but later DNA testing shows they are made of several other breeds that were not considered. Many are generically labeled as dogs that are common in our area such as Lab, Pit Bull, Hound, or Shepherd. Only DNA testing will give you the real story on what the background of your dog is, and even then, there are still some breeds that aren't yet defined in a DNA test.

So when looking at our shelter, remember that the stated breed is just a guess, at best. Actually visiting the dogs is the best way to determine the right dog for you and your family based on the temperament of the dog. The ‘All American Shelter Dog” just might be the dog you are looking for, not just a particular breed.

Gemma (pictured above) arrived as a stray and was labeled as a “terrier mix”, a common reference to Pit Bull’s or Staffordshire Terriers. Gemma’s DNA showed that she was a mixture of American Staffordshire Terrier, Rottweiler, Whippet, and a tiny amount of other mixed breeds. 




Alleviate the financial stress associated with your pet's unexpected medical expenses and generate funds for our shelter at the same time! Simply apply for a ShelterCare Pet Insurance Program by using the ShelterCare link above.

Here's how it works: ShelterCare Pet Insurance Programs cover you when your pet needs essential veterinary care from an illness or injury. Also, every time a completed application for a ShelterCare program is generated through our shelter's website, we automatically receive a $25 donation to help cover common needs like blankets, litter and food. This donation is of no cost to you and provides us with essential funds.  Enroll today!

Protect your pet. ShelterCare Pet Insurance Programs