Bringing a cat or dog into your home can be a wonderful experience. Your new family member will need your patience, understanding, and love during this transition. Please remember that your new companion has been through many new experiences lately. Many of the dogs and cats that come to us are from another state and have been abandaoned, neglected, abused, or born in a shelter.

Since our mission is to pull animals from death row, many have been abandoned, neglected, or abused and we want to make sure their new home is indeed their forever home. Because of this, we have a thorough process we follow with every applicant. If everything checks out, we can set up a meet and greet to ensure it’s a good fit for both you, the animals, and any resident pets.

  1. Fill out an online application
  2. Vet/Landlord check (if applicable)
  3. Background check
  4. Phone screen
  5. In person or virtual home visit (if applicable)

Applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis. After an application has been submitted, we often call within 24 hours to discuss any roadblocks and/or what the next steps are. If we can’t contact you in that 24 hour window, we will move on to the next applicant.

  • Puppy (under 1 year old) is $300
  • Adult Dog (1 – 8 years old) is $250
  • Senior Dog (8+ years old) is $100
  • Kitten (under 1 year old) is $125
  • Adult Cat (1 – 7 years old) is $50
  • Senior Cat (7+ years) is $25

Senior animals quality for our Seniors for Seniors program. Any person 60+ years old who adopt a dog or cat 7+ years old has waived adoption fees. Click here to learn more about our Seniors for Seniors program.

The adoption fee covers:

  • DAPPv+L4 (distemper/parvo) x3 if puppy
  • Rabies
  • Spay or Neuter
  • Microchip w/lifetime registration
  • Flea/Tick/Heartworm preventative (monthly while in our care)
  • Deworming

Once you’ve been approved to adopt, you have 48 hours to pick up your new pet. If you can’t pick up your new pet within that time frame, we’ll have to charge a daily boarding fee of $30 per day.

Safe Paws does not adopt out animals as Emotional Support Animals (ESA).

Safe Paws does not adopt out animals as service animals.

Most animals that we rescue have been abandoned, neglected, or abused and we wouldn’t be doing right by our animals if we didn’t do everything we could to set them up for success. Because of this, we require everyone to go through our application process.

We always recommend giving your new member, and yourself, time to adjust. Remember, they are in an entirely new environment with new people, sights, smells, and potentially other animals and are scared.

However, if your new member simply isn’t working out, we’ll take the rescue back and void the contract. No refunds will be given for returning a dog or cat that has been adopted from us.

Don’t see an answer to your question here? Head over to our contact page and ask away! We’ll get back to you as soon as possible!