Pet Adoption Process – How to adopt

We believe that pets are a source of comfort during these turbulent times and are committed to helping patrons find the perfect companion. By discussing patron’s preferences and understanding their circumstances, we will offer guidance in selecting an appropriate pet, all while being safe.

We are no longer accepting online inquiries for adoptable dogs and have begun offering in-person adoptions for dogs and puppies only at the Leslie A. Malone Center. Learn more about the new in-person dog adoptions process here.

Cat, kitten and small pet adoptions will remain virtual with curbside, contactless pickup. We will consider shifting to in-person adoptions for these pets in the future. By piloting our in-person adoptions with dog adopters only, we can determine how to best keep our staff, volunteers, patrons and animals safe when together in our shelter. Click to learn more about the virtual adoptions process for cats, kittens and small pets.

Thank you for your patience as we work out the details of this new process. We are excited to welcome you back into our shelter!


What you’ll need to bring

  • The adopter – When adopting a pet from one of our shelters, you need to be the pet’s new owner. It is important for people to choose a pet that fits their own lifestyle and preferences, so we do not adopt out pets as gifts. If you want to initiate an adoption for someone else, consider giving them a gift card to the Sit … Stay … Shops at our shelters.
  • ID – We’ll need a valid photo ID with your current address. If your ID does not have your current address, please also bring another type of proof, such a utility bill, water bill or vehicle registration.
  • Family members – Due to COVID-19, only bring family members needed to finalize your adoption. Friends will be asked to wait in the car. Unless there is a compelling reason or behavior or history-based concern to require a dog to dog meet and greet, we will not be requiring or allowing dogs from home into our shelter.

Fees & Specials

Adoption fees – Our adoption fees don’t come close to covering all the costs of caring for the thousands of homeless pets that come to us each year. Generous donations make up the difference and allow us to continue providing vital services and second chances. Thank you for your support.

The following adoption specials are ongoing:

  • Double the Love – Adopt two adult cats for the price of one
  • Current Military & Veterans – 50% off adoption fees (Discount courtesy of Lockheed Martin)
  • Senior Citizens (65 & older) – 50% off adoption fees

Solutions – Transfer Partner program

The Dumb Friends League partners with shelters and rescues to place homeless pets where they have the best chance for adoption. We transfer in pets from partners in Oklahoma and Texas that have limited resources and more dogs than adopters.
As part of our overall holistic transfer approach, we recognize the need to support local programs at the source organization and community-level. A portion of the adoption fee for dogs that come from these organizations is given back to help fund spay/neuter and educational programs in their communities.

Adoption fees:

  • 5 months and under $300
  • 6 months to 1 year $225
  • 1 year to 5 years $175

This icon identifies the dogs that are part of the Solutions – Transfer Partner program.

Standard fees:

Kittens and Cats

  • 5 months and under $120
  • 6 months to 1 year $95
  • 1 year to 5 years $75
  • 5 years and older $50

Puppies and Dogs

  • 5 months and under $250
  • 6 months to 1 year $175
  • 1 year and older $125
  • 5 years and older $50

Other Pets

  • Ferrets: $55
  • Rabbits $35
  • Guinea pigs $15
  • Small pets start at $5

Pet supplies – Visit our Sit … Stay … Shops for a selection of permanent collars, ID tags, leashes, carriers, toys, bedding, Hill’s Science Diet pet food and other supplies for your new or current pets.

What you’ll receive

Most importantly, you’ll get a lifetime of love from your new pet. In addition, you’ll receive the following as part of your adoption fee: