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Pet Adoption

Isn’t it time to find your next best friend?

Thank you for choosing to adopt! Our goal is to find loving, forever homes for each of the animals in our care. Our staff is here to help you choose the animal that is the right fit for you and your lifestyle.

North Country Animal League is a limited access shelter. Our animals come from a variety of sources. We work with nearby town officials handling stray and unclaimed dogs and cats, rescue organizations who transport animals from high-kill shelters throughout the country, and owners who can no longer care for their pets. Every animal that comes to NCAL receives a medical evaluation, spay or neuter, vaccinations, a microchip, enrichment and love.

How to Adopt

1. Find your new best friend. View our adoptable dogs and cats on our website and plan a visit to our Adoption Center to meet them. Once you fall in love, the rest is easy!


  • Filling an application DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY PUT THE SELECTED ANIMAL ON HOLD. In order to place a particular animal on hold for adoption, YOU MUST COME TO MEET THE ANIMAL IN PERSON at North Country Animal League, alongside filling an application form.
  • Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. Applications submitted on weekends may not be processed until the following week.

We sincerely thank you for your patience and understanding during your wait to find your next best friend!

3. Fill out an Adoption Application

  • Completing an adoption application/questionnaire is the first step in the adoption process.
  • Each application requires two (2) personal references (friends, neighbors and co-workers), your vet’s name and contact information, and either proof of home ownership or a signed copy of our Landlord consent form.
  • Adopters must be at least 18 years old to adopt a dog or cat.
  • Once complete, your application could take up to 2 business days (T,W,H,F,Sa) to process.
  • Please note: Our adoption center is closed on Sundays and Mondays. If you submit an application on Saturday, you can expect to hear back from us on Tuesday the following week.
  • You will be asked for a $50 adoption deposit, to be charged at the time the application is submitted, for holding the animal during the time it takes to process your application and schedule the adoption, if application is approved. This deposit will be discounted from the adoption fee if adoption takes place.
  • If an application is denied by NCAL the $50 deposit will be refunded.
  • After the adoption application has been approved, applicants will be notified by NCAL staff and will have one full business day after they are notified to adopt that animal.
  • If the applicant cannot pick the animal up within the allotted time frame, the animal will come off hold.
  • Applicants that are second in line for an animal will be notified at NCAL’s earliest convenience if the animal is available to them. The same process (above) will begin once the second applicant is notified.

Fill out an Adoption Application online!

Cat Adoption Questionnaire & Application
Dog Adoption Questionnaire & Application

Download a PDF version of Adoption Application (Cats, Dogs)
Download a Landlord Consent Form

3. Adoption Fees:

Adopt a Dog

  • Puppies (less than 6 months): $450
  • Older puppies (6 months to under 1 year): $395
  • Young adults (1 to under 3 years): $300
  • Adults (3 to under 8 years): $275
  • Seniors (8 years and over): $200
  • Special needs: by donation

Adopt a Cat

  • Kittens (less than 6 months): $200
  • Older kittens (6 months to under 1 year): $180
  • Young adults (1 year to under 3 years): $150
  • Adults (3 to under under 8 years): $100
  • Seniors (8 years and over): $75
  • Special needs: by donation
  • Two kittens (under 6 months): $360
  • Two kittens (6 months to under a year): $324

Special Discounts

  • Senior (applies to adopter 65+) – 10%
  • Senior for Senior Program**- $150.00 for dogs / $50.00 for cats
  • Veterans – 10%

*Fees are subject to change. We reserve the right to ask for an increased adoption fee for certain breeds or animals that require extra care.
**To participate in the Senior-to-Senior program, dogs must be 8 years or older, cats must be 10 years or older, and adopters must be 65+ years or older.

4. Adoption. If the right match is made and your application is approved, you will be scheduled for an adoption orientation where an Adoption Associate will talk you through the adoption packet filled with helpful information to ease your transition to pet care-taking.

5. Adoption Guarantees:


  • Spay or Neuter surgery
  • NCAL ID tag
  • De-worming
  • Heartworm test
  • Heartworm preventative
  • Bordetella & DA2PPV vaccinations
  • Rabies vaccine (if 12 weeks or older)
  • Flea preventative
  • Microchipping
  • Temperment testing
  • Ear cleaning & nail trimming
  • Free vet exam


  • Spay or Neuter surgery
  • NCAL ID tag
  • De-worming
  • Rabies vaccination (if 12 weeks or older)
  • FVRCP vaccination
  • Flea preventative
  • Microchipping
  • Feline Leukemia test and FIV test
  • Ear cleaning & nail trimming
  • Free vet exam


Come find your next best friend!

To date, North Country Animal League has taken in, cared for, and found homes for over 11,000 homeless animals. Connecting humans with animals is what we do best - whether it be through adoptions, education and outreach, or volunteer opportunities. We created this video to show you what you can expect when you come to NCAL to find your next best friend!