Application Process

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(please read through to adoption application links at the bottom)

We would like to take a few moments and share our philosophies that influence our adoption process. It might surprise you to hear that adopting a dog or a cat from CARA is a little more involved than walking in and picking one you like. First, we want you to know the process we take in adopting our animals is the same for everyone and we understand it can be frustrating if it does not result in the outcome you want. We also want you to know that everything we do is in the best interest of the animals and the potential new pet owners. Please be patient with us as we go through the adoption process. It is important to us that we place the pet that is right for you in your home the first time.


We are committed to finding forever homes for all our CARA pets and pride ourselves at being good at what we do. It's important to note that the pet you may be interested IS NOT always the best for your family, home and lifestyle. Allow us to perform our matchmaking "magic" to ensure that you, your family and your new pet will be happy.


We spend an average of 12 hours every day with these animals and we know them better than anyone. We help these animals because we love and care for them - we are passionate about what we do. Trust us to do what we believe is best for your situation. We don't ever mean to be frustrating or evasive with you. We want you to understand that it's stressful and upsetting - in fact, downright devastating - for the animals, for us, and for you when adoptions don't work out and pets have to come back to us. So please try to bear with us and be patient. And understand that going through the process the way we do is really the best policy - for all of us.


  1. Adoption application must be filled out COMPLETELY by the ADOPTER either online using the link abover or on paper at the shelter.


  1. The adoption application will be reviewed by CARA management. Veterinarian and other references will be checked. When checking veterinarian references, we are looking for a history of routine, as well as emergency, services. The application will then be forwarded to the Adoption Committee for a decision.


  1. Adoption applications are approved on an individual basis by the Adoption Committee. CARA’s goal is to make the best possible match for the animal and the ADOPTER. CARA will notify the adopter of application status within seven (7) days.


  1. ADOPTER will receive a copy of the Health Records/ Rabies Certificate (if available), a copy of the contract, and a new owner dog/cat adoption pack when he/she takes possession of the animal.


  1. It is CARA's policy that all animals in the ADOPTER’S household be spayed/neutered . If a medical condition exists that would make the procedure dangerous to the animal(s) this may be waivered. Other special circumstances will be considered.


  1. ADOPTER must be at least 21 YEARS OLD. NO EXCEPTIONS!!


  1. ADOPTER must read and agree to abide by Adoption Contract prior to adoption. If any item on the contract is not fulfilled, the animal may be reclaimed by CARA.


  1. Adoption fee is $100.00 for a puppy or dog and $75.00 for a kitten or cat. Fee includes up-to-date vaccinations, deworming (given prior to pet leaving the shelter), spay/neuter of the animal, and rabies (if over 4 months) vaccine. A heartworm test is also included on dogs 6 months and older.

Thank you for choosing CARA and for your patience during processing of your application.


For Cat Adoptions Please Click Here.

For Dog Adoptions Please Click Here.

CARA Puppy

Pet of the Week

Cat of the Week

Caroline is a sweet 8 year old female who, through no fault of her own, has spent most of her life in the cattery. Even though she is an independent cat, Caroline still longs for that special bond with a human. Iyou are interested in adopting Caroline, please click on the link below.

 Dog of the Week

Audrey is a female Terrier mix who is 11 years old. This lovable girl is a little timid and would do better as an only dog. If you are interested in adopting Audrey, please click on the link below.

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