Adoption Process

Thank you for your interest in adopting a cat or dog from Animal Friends Rescue Project. Our goal is to make the best possible match for both the animal and the adopter. Since our organization is foster based, we are very familiar with the animals in our care, and our staff members and volunteers are trained to help you find an excellent fit for your lifestyle.

Please note: Due to COVID-19 our adoption locations are currently closed to the public. To arrange a meeting with one of our adoptable dogs or cats, please fill out an application and a representative will be in touch with more information.

How to Adopt a Cat

We have a terrific selection of cats and kittens just waiting for someone like you! You can view our adoptable cats online or at our adoption locations. When you find a cat you love, the first step is to fill out our cat adoption application, either online or in person at an adoption location. If you aren’t sure which cat is right for you, our adoption specialists love playing matchmaker and would be delighted to help you find a good fit. We encourage you to bring the entire family to participate in this important decision. If the cat you are interested in meeting is in foster care, we can arrange for you to meet the cat at the foster home or at an adoption location. 

When you have chosen your new companion, you will be asked to sign an adoption contract and pay an adoption fee. Cat adoption fees range from $0 - $150. All of our cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. We also test for FIV and FeLV and treat for fleas and parasites. Every cat adopted from AFRP comes with our lifetime promise that for any reason you can no longer care for your cat, he or she can come back to our organization. 

How to Adopt a Dog

We have a tail waggin’ assortment of adoptable dogs and puppies that would love to meet you! Our dogs are primarily housed in foster homes. You can view their photos and profiles online, or you can meet six to eight dogs in person from 12pm to 4pm at our AFRP Adoption Center at 160 Fountain Ave in Pacific Grove. You can also meet adoptable dogs at our offsite adoption days. When you find a dog you love, the first step is to fill out a dog adoption application, either online or in person. If you aren’t sure which dog is right for you, our adoption specialists love playing matchmaker and would be delighted to help you find a good fit. We encourage you to bring the entire family to participate in this important decision, including your own dogs. 

When you have chosen your new companion, we will set up a time for a home safety check, which helps ensure that you are prepared to meet the dog’s needs. You will be asked to sign an adoption contract and pay an adoption fee. Dog adoption fees range from $150 - $300. All of our dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and treated for fleas and parasites. Every dog adopted from AFRP comes with our lifetime promise that for any reason you can no longer care for your dog, he or she can come back to our organization. 

Requirements:

  • Adopters must be 21 or older with a valid state-issued photo ID

  • Renters must provide landlord approval for pets

  • Home safety checks are required for dog adoptions

  • All adopted cats must be in carriers and dogs must be on leash when they leave AFRP

Adoption Policies

  • AFRP adopts animals to the first good, qualified applicant and does not place animals on hold.
  • New pet guardians must agree to provide their adopted companion animal with healthy food, water, living space, exercise, companionship, veterinary care and lots of love!
  • All our adoptable pets are spayed or neutered before adoption. They are current on vaccinations, microchipped, de-wormed and have received flea prevention. All cats have been tested for FIV/FeLV. Many of our animals have also received dentals and major or minor medical care. We share information with our adopters about each pet’s medical history while in our care. Once adopted, the new pet guardian is responsible for providing any vet care the dog or cat might need in the future.
  • We understand the importance of raising children with dogs and cats to foster compassion and responsibility. However, due to the fragile nature of young kittens, puppies and small breed dogs, we encourage families to wait until their children are over six years old before adopting these vulnerable animals.
  • We prefer that cats and kittens adopted from AFRP live indoors for their own safety and the safety of neighborhood birds and wildlife. With adequate play time and environmental enrichment, cats can live long, happy lives as indoor-only companions. “Catios” and cat-safe fencing are good options for cats that crave some safe outdoor time. If you are looking for an outdoor cat, barn cat or mouser, please ask about our feral/community cat program.
  • AFRP primarily adopts to local residents and does not ship pets. We will adopt to families that live outside the Monterey Bay area if the adopter fulfills our adoption requirements and completes the adoption in person. If a dog home safety check cannot be done in person, photos or videos of the home, yard and fencing can be sent to AFRP for approval. Long distance adopters are responsible for all travel expenses.
  • AFRP gives a lifetime promise to each animal adopted from our program. While we strive to place each animal in a home where they will be cared for throughout their lives, we understand that unforeseen situations can happen. Adopters of AFRP dogs and cats can return them to our care for rehoming if an emergency arises. Advance notice for a pet return is appreciated. Click here for our AFRP return form.

Interested in adopting an animal?

Please fill out an online Adoption Application