Adoption Procedures

Adoption/Visiting Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, Noon-4pm

You are welcome to come to the shelter during visitor hours to see our animals. If you would like to visit with an animal, you will need to have a pre-approved adoption application.

Adoption applications can be completed in 2 ways:

  1. Call us at 724-539-2544 and request to do an application over the phone before you visit.
  2. Fill out an application when you come to the shelter. Please bring vet records of your current pets and proof of home ownership. If you’re a renter, we will need to contact your landlord.

Adoption applications are reviewed in 24 hrs – a staff member will contact you.

If you are certain that you are willing and able to devote yourself to providing a loving, permanent home for one of our furry friends, please get your whole family together and visit our shelter. Take your time and visit with several of our pets. Our staff is happy to help match you with the perfect pet!

If you have dogs at home, we require a meet and greet with the shelter animal you are interested in. However, for the safety of your pet and the shelter animals, please be sure to bring all of your pet’s vaccination records with you to the meet and greet.

Puppy Adoptions

Please be aware of our recent chances in puppy adoptions. Since we are not a pet store, the shelter staff and the Board of Directors feel it is in the puppies’ best interest to take applications in a non-shelter atmosphere. This is due to the extreme interest in puppies and other issues we have been experiencing with adoption applications approvals. It is our mission to match people and pets, and to do this, we strive to place our puppies in homes that best match their needs and personalities.

Being the first to arrive does not necessarily guarantee first approval. Please follow the steps listed below to begin the adoption process:

  1. Fill out an adoption application by phone (724-539-2544) or at the shelter. No applications will be processed 45 minutes before closing. Applications may take up to 24 hours for review.
  2. After staff processes your application, you will either be approved, or they will let you know what information they need to approve your application.
  3. When your application is approved, you will then be taken to see the puppies available for adoption. We will not place a hold on our puppies. A decision will need to be made at the time of approval.

Please give management and staff the opportunity to make the puppies’ transition to their new furever home a relaxed and stress-free experience. If you have any questions regarding our policy, feel free to speak with our manager. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Out of State Adoption:

Please note that the approval process for an out of state adopter may take up to one week. Once the approval process is complete, an adopter is able to submit an adoption application on a specific dog or cat. AFA takes great pride in matching people and pets and invests much time and energy to make sure that the adoption is going to be one that lasts a lifetime.


We don’t ever mean to be frustrating to or evasive with potential adopters. It is stressful and upsetting – in fact, downright devastating – for the animals, for our staff, and most importantly, for you when adoptions don’t work out and pets have to come back to us. And a bad adoption experience can sour some people on dogs or cats – or on shelter animals – for life. We ask for patience when adopting… after 30 years in the business of rescuing and placing animals, we feel that we have a very good screening and placement policy. Going through the process the way we do really is the best policy – for all of us, but most importantly the animal.

You may be surprised to find that adopting an animal is a more involved process than you expected, or that it means you can’t have immediate access to an animal you are interested in. But it is important to understand, 1. The process is the same for everyone and, 2. It’s not our intention to frustrate you. Rather, everything we do is for the best interests of the animals in our care, and is aimed at giving them the best possible chance of finding a permanent home.