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!

2. Fill out an Adoption Application

  • The adoption process begins with an application. 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.
  • Hold time: The animal that you have selected to adopt will remain on hold for you during this 48-hour process. Once your application is approved, we will hold the animal for travel time.

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
    $250.00* for dogs 1 year and over
    $350.00* for dogs requiring a mandatory training class
    $450.00* for two dogs
    $395.00* for puppies under 1 year
    $175.00* for senior dogs 8 years or over
    Special needs – by donation

  • Adopt a Cat
    $100.00* for cats 1 year and over
    $175.00* for two cats
    $175.00* for kittens under 1 year
    $325.00 for two kittens
    $75.00* for senior cat 10 years or over
    Special needs – by donation

  • 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:


  • Neutering
  • NCAL ID tag
  • Vaccinations including rabies and distemper
  • De-worming
  • Flea preventative
  • Free vet exam
  • Microchipping
  • Heartworm preventative
  • Temperment testing
  • Ear Cleaning & nail trimming



  • Neutering
  • NCAL ID tag
  • Vaccinations including rabies and distemper
  • De-worming
  • Flea preventative
  • Free vet exam
  • Microchipping
  • Feline Leukemia/FIV test
  • Ear cleaning & nail trimming


Available Animals


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!