Many people ask us how our adoption process works. The answer is that there are no hard-and-fast rules. Each of our adoption representatives and foster homes follow a procedure that they have found works best for them. However, the following general procedure is the one most adoptions follow.

  • Find a Friend. Peruse our dog and cat listings on to find an animal companion you feel will fit in well with your family. If you don't have a specific dog or cat in mind, that's OK. Please email us at to let us know that you wish to be notified if a particular breed comes available or if you need help understanding which temperament, sex, size, age of dog will be a good match for your family's lifestyle.

  • Contact the Person(s) Listed in the Bio. Each dog and cat listed should have a contact email and/or phone number. In all cases, this is your first contact. Sometimes, you will be asked to complete an online application in lieu of direct contact. Please note that many dogs and cats receive multiple inquiries, especially puppies and small dog breeds. In these cases, it is not always possible to respond to every phone call, email, and application. Do not be afraid to follow up, but please be aware we are all volunteers and although we make it a priority to get back to everyone individually, it is not always possible.

  • Tell us About Yourself. The contact person will ask you, via email, phone or an online application, questions that will help us learn about your family and assess whether a particular dog will fit into your lifestyle. Any information you give us is strictly confidential, and is never shared with an outside party -- including other rescue groups -- unless you give us prior consent.

  • You Meet the Dog or Cat. After we've gotten a good idea of who you are and the kind of home you can provide, you may be invited to meet the dog or cat in person. As our animals reside in people's homes, meetings are almost always by appointment only. (Exceptions are our weekly adoption events) We encourage the entire family, including any canine and feline members, to come to the meeting.

  • You Adopt the Dog or Cat. If all goes well up to this point, you may be invited to adopt the animal. Please understand that no adoption is final until a contract is signed. Our foster homes always have the right to refuse any placement based on their own judgement and have our full support. Most of our animals have been through at least one previous home and we make decisions with the animal's welfare foremost in our minds.

Post-Adoption. We reserve the right to follow up by phone, email or in person, and if the adopted animals is not kept humanely as an indoor pet, we have the right to redeem it. Should you ever have to or want to give up the animal we will, if at all possible, take it back or will help find him or her a new home. We ask to be given reasonable time and notice. Under no circumstances are you permitted to give the animal away or to a shelter. You will have to sign a contract to that effect.

Our Adoptions Locations 

PetSmart Secaucus
400 Mill Creek Dr.
(201) 583-0861

Weekdays, 7pm - 9pm

Saturdays, 1pm - 5pm 


Pet Valu Dumont

40 Washington Ave.

(201) 385-3395

2 Sundays per month, 12pm - 3pm

Sunday January 13th, 2019

Sunday January 27th, 2019


Pet Valu Edgewater

725 River Rd.

(201) 941-6105

Saturdays, 11am – 5pm

Sundays, 11am – 5pm


PetCo Closter

59 Vervalen St.

(201) 660-6101

Saturdays, 11am - 4pm

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