How to Adopt a Pet from P.A.W.S.


We currently have many animals in need of a new home.  We invite you to visit our shelter to find the perfect match for you and your family! 

Be sure to read the entire adoption process below and complete the necessary forms.

Adoption Process:

After deciding you're ready to welcome a furry friend into your family, the adoption process will proceed in the following steps:

1. Fill out an application- this can be done online or at our facility and will help us make a better animal match to each family. Filling out an application does not hold an animal for you, it merely begins the process. 

2. We will check in with your landlord to make sure they are okay with the adoption and with your vet to make sure current animals are up to date on core vaccinations. 

3. After the application is processed, you will be notified and invited to talk to one of our knowledgeable staff members about which of our animals would be a good fit for your family. 

4. After your new furry friend has been selected, we will complete the adoption paperwork*** and you're ready to go home!


  • We require that you bring any other family dogs to P.A.W.S. to do a meet and greet with the dog you are interested in adopting to ensure everyone gets along.

  • Additionally, all dogs have a 3-day sleepover period to make sure that the animal fits into the family lifestyle. The dog can be returned any time within the 3-day period if there are any problems. If all goes well, adoption paperwork will be completed at the end of the 3-day period. 

Every animal adopted from us receives free 30 days of Trupanion Pet Insurance at no obligation.

Military Discount:

We offer a 25% discount of adoption fees to all military veterans who adopt from P.A.W.S.  

Wilkalas-Balch Senior Pet Adoption Program

Thanks to the generous support of Shirley Balch and the Wilkalas Trust the adoption fee is reduced for anyone over 65 years old when adopting a dog 8 years and older and a cat 12 years and older.


Additional assistance may also be available for these special animals should extraordinary medical care be needed after adoption - subject to availability.


Tuesday - Saturday 



11:00am - 3:00pm

Monday - CLOSED

  • You must be 18 years of age to adopt an animal

  • If you rent your home we will contact your landlord to confirm that dogs/cats are allowed.

  • If you have any other animals currently living in your home we will also contact your veterinarian to ensure they are all up to date on their vaccinations.