About Adopting from Special Pals

Our policies and more information

All potential adopters will complete an application with us, including references and information about your history with sharing your home with companion animals.

  • You must be 18 years old
  • If you rent, bring proof of landlord approval
  • If you have other companion animals in your home, bring proof that they are current on vaccinations, and show that dogs are on heart worm prevention

All adoption applications are reviewed, and final approval will be given only by Special Pals staff.

We review applications with the best interest of our adopables' long-term care in mind - adding a companion animal to your home is a life-long commitment!

Please Download and Complete the Pet Adoption Application:

Download Application

Come meet our adoptables during regular business hours.


We close on all major holidays.

Special Pals dogs and cats going to their forever homes will be up to date on vaccines, spayed or neutered, dewormed, and  microchipped.

You will take home a copy of their medical history and the records of how they came to Special Pals.

Adoption fees range from $40-$350.

Pricing depends on the age and breed of the companion animal. On occasion, we will set higher fees for select breeds.

Throughout the year we host events where adoption fees are underwritten by partner organizations. Follow us on Facebook to learn about these events.

When you adopt, you are saving more than one life! Revenue from adoptions and all other Special Pals services is used to support the homeless animals in our shelter and to continue our mission as described in our mission statement.

Find All Available Adoptable Pets on Petfinder

Adoption Events

Catch Special Pals on the road at mobile adoption events!