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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. Once you fall in love, the rest is easy!

* Available animals are listed as available until they are adopted. Due to the risks associated with COVID-19 and our commitment to protect our staff and community members, access to our facility remains restricted for members of the public unless their adoption application has been approved and an appointment to meet with the animal of interest has been scheduled. We are currently receiving a high demand for our animals, so your patience is appreciated until someone from our team is able to respond to you. Applications will be responded to in order of which they are received. Thank you for your understanding during this process.

View our full adoption process here.


  • 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.
  • When your application has been submitted, an NCAL staff member will notify you that we have received your application and confirm whether the animal is still available for adoption or if they are already spoken for. We will begin processing your application once we have spoken with you over the phone.
    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.  
  • Your application could take up to 2 business days (T,W,H,F,Sa) to process and once approved you will be notified to schedule an adoption meet and greet at NCAL. We do require that any current dogs living in the home come to the meet and greet appointment and be introduced to the NCAL dog. We also suggest that any children in the home come to the appointment as well.
      Adopters are only able to schedule one appointment a week to meet with NCAL animals.
  • Once you are an approved adopter, a meet and greet appointment must be scheduled within two business days from when you were notified of your approval. Due to the high demand of adoptions, if you are unable to schedule within that time frame, we will move onto the next applicant.
  • Once you have met the animal in person, you will decide to adopt the animal that day or place the animal on a 24 hour hold requiring a $50 non refundable hold deposit. The hold deposit will be subtracted off of the adoption fee at the time of pick up.
  • Applicants who 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 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:

Dogs Cats
• Spay or Neuter surgery • Spay or Neuter surgery
• NCAL ID tag and microchipping • NCAL ID tag and microchipping
• De-worming, Heartworm test and preventative • De-worming
• Bordetella and DA2PPV vaccinations • Rabies vaccination (if 12 weeks or older)
• Rabies vaccine (if 12 weeks or older) • FVRCP vaccination
• Flea preventative • Feline Leukemia and FIV tests
• Temperament testing • Ear cleaning and nail trimming
• Ear cleaning and nail trimming • Free vet exam
• Free vet exam  

* Dog adopters will also receive a special offer to train their dogs, with 2 free weeks from GoodPup, a resource for pet owners during this time to train at home with certified trainers over live video chat!