Alaqua Animal Refuge

Adoption Guidelines


Our unique no-kill refuge has successfully found homes for thousands of once abused, neglected and homeless animals since opening in 2007. Providing adoption services is not just our job, it is our mission, and matching the perfect pet with loving owners is our passion.

It would be our privilege to help you find a puppy, dog, cat, kitten, horse, or other animal that suits your needs. Our knowledgeable hands-on staff is familiar with each of our rescue animals and will be glad to answer any questions you might have. Looking for a cat-friendly dog, a laid back kitten or a horse with a lot of personality? We can help.

In order to be considered for an adoption you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 21 years of age. If you are a minor, please have your parent or guardian submit this form as the primary adopter. The primary adopter assumes the responsibility and liability for the pet.
  • Provide proof of current vaccines for your pet, proof of annual heartworm testing for dogs, and proof of monthly heartworm prevention for dogs. This applies to current pets and/or any pets you have had in the past 3 years.
  • All current animals must be spayed or neutered.
  • Have identification showing your present address
  • Have the consent of all adults living in the household
  • Own your own home, or have the landlord’s consent to have a pet

Copy of Driver’s License or Picture ID will be required at time of adoption. If you rent, you may be required to present a copy of your lease.

[Completion of this application does not guarantee the adoption of an animal in our care.]

To start the process, visit our refuge.
If you haven’t yet seen it, you will be pleasantly surprised. You will be able to interact with the animals in a stress-free environment, unlike a traditional kennel.

Once you have found the perfect… new companion, we will assist you in completing an application. Following a reference check, approval of the form and payment of the adoption fee, you will be able to take home your new pet.

Adoption Fees Include:

  • Dogs, six months and older: heartworm preventative, flea preventative, preventative worming and vaccinations, and spay/neuter procedure.
  • Puppies, under six months: preventative worming and spay/neuter procedure, if age appropriate, or certificate for procedure.
  • Cats, six months or older: Felv/Fiv snap test, vaccinations, spay/neuter.
  • Kittens, under six months: Felv/Fiv snap test, vaccinations, and spay/neuter procedure, if age appropriate, or certificate for procedure.

Adoption Fees

Dog: $150.00

Puppy: $200.00

Cat: We have waived adoption fees on cats over 6 months of age 

Kitten: $125.00

Other Animals: Varies per animal.

And one last note –

Once you have joined our special family of Alaqua Animal Refuge pet owners, we hope you will keep in touch – we love pictures! Also, please tell others about the joy of rescuing an animal in need. And finally, consider becoming an Alaqua Animal Refuge volunteer or a donor. Your support will help us continue our mission to save the lives of countless animals and allow us to continue making meaningful matches. Thank you!

Click here to begin the application process.

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