HOW TO ADOPT
Adopting from Us
Thank you for considering adopting one of our wonderful cats or dogs. This is a big decision, but one that will bring joy to your home for years to come. Some animals will walk into their new homes as if they have always been there, while others my have some settling-in issues and require a little extra love and patience.
Here is a quick overview of what you can expect as you move towards adoption:
- Complete the application form. We need to learn about you and your family. You’ll need to download the application form by clicking the button below, and return the completed application to the shelter in-person or to mailing it to us at 19 Rescue Road, Franklin NH 03235. Please note that filling out an application does not automatically guarantee an approval to adopt an animal.
- Talk to us. We want to make sure the dog or cat you’re interested in is the best fit for you, your family, and your lifestyle. If you are considering adopting a dog, we recommend watching this video explaining the 3-3-3 Adjustment Period.
- We’ll check your references. Our first concern is always the safety and well-being of any animals in our care. We’ll call the references you list to ensure that the dog or cat is going to a great forever home. Please note that you must be at least 21 years old to adopt a dog, and at least 18 years old (with a parent’s signature if under 21) to adopt a cat.
- Take your new friend home! If everything checks out, you’ll need to pay the adoption fee in order to take home your new dog or cat.
The adoption piece is truly the best part of our job and we hope to make it a wonderful day for you and your family.
Note: If you are looking for a specific breed or animal, we recommend you fill out an application regardless of whether or not we have a match for you in our care. By keeping your approved application on file, you will be one of the first perspective adopters that we contact.
Why do we charge a fee to adopt?
Fees for adoption go to offset the costs of caring for the dogs and cats in our charge. We are a non-profit organization which means that the majority of our funding comes from donations.
FEES (effective January 2022)
Kitten (9 months or younger): $175
Senior (12 years or older): $50
Puppy (9 months or younger): $400
Senior (10 years or older): $150
Bringing home a new pet can be challenging, In order to set you and your new pet up for success, it’s important to understand the expectations that come with any new dog or cat adoption. Click below to learn how you can navigate this transition.
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