How to adopt

You’ve browsed our adoptable pets and think you have found the right one, so what’s next?

We offer three different ways to adopt a pet from the League – in-person, by appointment and virtually. Regardless of how you plan to adopt, please read the info below. Click here if you’re looking to adopt from the San Luis Valley Animal Center in Alamosa. 



We are only offering same day in-person adoptions at the Leslie A. Malone Center. The Buddy Center is closed to in-person adoptions due to COVID-19.

On the day of your visit, enter our online queue to secure your spot to meet an adoptable pet. The queue opens at 10 a.m. daily and closes when our capacity to help adopters has been reached.

If you’re not already in the queue prior to arriving, you can join onsite as long as we still have availability. Patrons will be helped in the order they join the queue.

By appointment:

Don’t have time to wait? We offer limited appointments for cat, dog and small animal adoptions at the Leslie A. Malone Center only. Schedule an appointment to reserve a time to meet with an adoption counselor and pets available for adoption at the time of your appointment. Click here for dog appointments. Click here for cat and small pet appointments.

An appointment does not guarantee that you will meet a specific pet, it simply secures the time and date of your visit.

We only book appointments five days from today’s date. If the calendar doesn’t show any available appointments, please check this page the next day as more appointments times become available. We do not have additional capacity beyond the appointment times listed on the calendar, so there is no need to call us.


Virtual adoptions are only offered for cats, kittens and small pets. Simply click the “Submit Inquiry” button on the bio of the pet you are interested in adopting.


If you are visiting us for in-person adoptions or by appointment, here is what to expect and bring with you in order to adopt:

Bring the adopter, a valid ID and family members needed to finalize the adoption. If your ID does not match your current address, please bring another proof of residence such as a utility bill or vehicle registration. Please do not bring your dog with you to the shelter.

Wait in your car until you are alerted that it is your turn to enter the shelter.

When you come inside you must wear a mask, have your temperature taken, sanitize your hands and sign our register indicating that you’re symptom-free and haven’t tested positive for COVID-19.

Browse adoptable pets in the shelter and make note of who you’d like to meet. Follow the one-way signs and direction from staff and volunteers.

Meet the pet you’d like to join your family!

Finalize the adoption. Fill out the paperwork, pay your adoption fee and get your adoption packet.

Take home your new family member! All adoptions will be finalized on the same day as your visit.

We recognize that some people are in a high-risk category and are unable to safely leave their homes or enter other facilities. To discuss alternative dog adoptions options, call 303.751.5772. For cats, kittens and other pets, simply click the “Submit Inquiry” button on the bio of the pet you are interested in adopting.

What do I get when I adopt a pet?

In addition to a lifetime of love and companionship, you’ll get:

  • An animal that has received a general health examination and has been well-cared for by our staff and volunteers
  • A pet that won’t contribute to pet overpopulation—all pets are spayed or neutered prior to adoption
  • Microchip ID implanted and registered to the adopter
  • Temporary collar and ID tag
  • Temporary leash or carrier (Cat adopters: bring your own carrier and get $5 off your adoption fee!)
  • Resources to help set you and your new pet up for success in your home
  • 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.
  • Preliminary vaccinations, including rabies. Please discuss an appropriate vaccination schedule during your complimentary wellness visit.
  • Did we mention a lifetime of love and companionship?