ARLNH Adoption Process

Are you ready to adopt?

Thank you for considering adopting a pet from ARLNH. You have come to the right place! Our goal is to ensure that all pets find loving homes.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ARL has made changes to its adoption process. In order to keep the public and our team safe, we have closed our visiting hours for the foreseeable future. We encourage those interested in adopting to visit our adoptable animal pages to learn about the animals we have that are in need of homes. When an animal sparks your interest and sounds like it might be a good fit for your family, please call the shelter at (603) 472-3647 to discuss further detail.


When you call, our trained Adoption Counselors will talk with you about the animal(s) that you are interested in and your expectations and experiences. We welcome an open dialogue so that we can assist in making the best match possible. If a suitable pet is available, we will schedule an appointment for you to meet the pet and, if all goes well for both you and the pet, the pet can go home with you that very day (in fact we prefer it that way)!


Currently, appointments are offered daily between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm. In an effort to keep the length of stay of our shelter pets minimal, we schedule appointments within no greater than a 72-hour time frame, the sooner the better!


Appointments are for a specific pet (or pair of pets). Unfortunately at this time, we cannot accommodate appointments to look at multiple animals because when we make an appointment for you to see an animal it is ensuring that the animal will still be here for your appointment time, viewing multiple animals would either be upsetting for you as some may be reserved for appointments or could lengthen the stay of an animal that otherwise may have had the opportunity to go home sooner. The system isn’t perfect, but we are doing what we can.


If you do call and need to leave a message on our adoption line (ext. 201) rest assured that phone calls are returned in the order that they are received. We check messages first before answering calls.

Please note that you must be 21 years of age to adopt.

Click one of the following links to check out our adoptable animals!