Pet Adoption Process – How to adopt

The Dumb Friends League is now offering virtual adoptions at the Leslie A. Malone Center and Buddy Center. Click here to learn more and schedule your appointment!

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.

Until it is safe to resume our normal adoptions procedures, we are modifying our process to help animals find their forever homes.

For now, we are proceeding with a “Virtual Adoptions” approach—meaning, patrons who are interested in adopting can pursue finding a new companion with the help of our adoptions team via online and telephone.

If you are interested in the “Virtual Adoptions” approach, please follow the steps below to learn about the process.

  1. Schedule an online appointment and complete our adoptions questionnaire here. Please note: We cannot guarantee the animal you are interested in will be available at the time of your appointment. Please review the available animals on our website prior to your scheduled appointment; it’s extremely helpful to have at least two animals to discuss at the time of your consultation.
  2. An adoptions counselor will contact you at the scheduled time to discuss your questionnaire, learn more about what you’re looking for with a new furry companion and share one to three potential matches. If you are interested in pursuing one of our animals, the adoptions counselor will place one animal on hold per patron and coordinate an appointment to finalize the adoption.

Virtual adoptions frequently asked questions:

Find your perfect pet

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 – It’s important that the pet you’re adopting fits in with your family, so if you have kids, bring them! If you’re looking to add another dog, bring your family dog. Cats take longer to adjust to new family members, so we don’t recommend cat-dog or cat-cat visits.

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.

June 8 – June 30: 50% adoption fees on pit bulls.

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:

  • A pet that has been well-cared for by trained staff and volunteers at our shelter
  • New Pet Adoption Packet
  • Spay or neuter surgery (all pets are spayed or neutered prior to adoption)
  • General health examination
  • Preliminary vaccinations, including rabies. Please discuss an appropriate vaccination schedule during your free office visit to a participating veterinarian.
  • Microchip identification implant
  • Temporary collar and ID tag
  • Temporary leash or carrier
  • 30-days of pet insurance provided by PetFirst
  • A complimentary wellness exam at a partici­pating veterinary practice as part of the Connect for Care program. This exam must be scheduled and completed within 14 working days of adoption.