Dogs & Puppies

Welcome to our Dog Center!

Here you can find all you need to know about bringing a dog or puppy into your family. All of our important forms and resources are on this page as well.  If you should have any questions, please contact us at dogs@daws.org

IMPORTANT

*We are currently not adopting to residents of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine or Rhode Island due to new interstate transport regulations. Please do not attempt to schedule an appointment. If this regulation changes, it will be noted here. We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you reside in one of these states and indicate so on the form below your appointment request will be canceled.

Dog Adoption Process

Our goal is to find you the perfect dog for your home. We recommend that you consider what age, size and temperament of dog that would best suit your lifestyle and family. Also decide if you are ready to take on the daily responsibilities and financial obligations of pet ownership; then, check out our Dog Gallery to see our lovable, adoptable dogs.

Please note:  Puppies, under the age of four months, are not kept at the shelter. They are housed in foster care off premise. Please see our Dog Gallery for available puppies or contact our puppy foster program at puppy@daws.org.

You may find these following resources helpful:

Dogs and Children
Cats and Children
Crate Training
Training Your Dog

OUR ADOPTION PROTOCOL HAS CHANGED!

If you are interested in adopting a dog, please download and fill out an adoption application and email it to appointments@daws.org.  An adoption counselor will contact you and review your application. Please be patient.  We are making love matches so it can take us a few days to process your application details. Upon pre-approval, you may make an appointment to come to the Shelter to meet the dogs.

Finalize the adoption

Our adoption fee for all dogs/puppies over age 6 months is $350; puppies under 6 months are $400. Please note: Your adoption fee is a non-refundable donation which includes the pre-adoption spay or neuter of the dog, relevant vaccines including rabies and distemper, a heartworm test, de-wormings, and micro-chipping.