Pet Adoption Application

 Thank you for considering the adoption of a pet from the Danbury Animal Welfare Society, Inc. (DAWS). Adopting is the most compassionate and responsible way of bringing an animal into your home. The following information is requested so that your adoption counselor can assist you in the selection of a new pet. The consultation process is designed to help us determine if the adoption is in the animal’s best interest and to assist you in finding an animal most compatible with your life style. 

To be considered as an adopter, you must: 

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Have identification showing your current address
  • Have the consent of your landlord, if applicable
  • Be able and willing to spend the time and money necessary to provide training, medical treatment, and proper care for a pet

Adoption fees paid to DAWS help defer the cost of food, shelter, and medical care, including spay/neuter surgery, age appropriate routine vaccinations, de-worming medication, heartworm testing and preventative treatment, and flea and tick preventative treatment administered while the animal is in our care. Current adoption fees for 2023 are as follows: 









 *Puppies and kittens are 24 weeks of age or younger (6 months/younger)

    Are you applying to adopt a:

    Is this your first experience with a pet?

    Have you ever adopted an animal from DAWS?

    Have you previously submitted an adoption application to DAWS?

    Why do you want to adopt a pet? Check all that apply. (required)

    Do you currently or have you had any pets in the last 5 years? Please select below (required)

    Please enter information for any pets you have owned in the past 5 years, including current pets:

    Pet 1:




    Pet 2:




    Pet 3:




    Pet 4:




    Pet 5:




    Where do you currently live?

    Do you own or rent? (required)

    Landlord Name (required)

    Landlord Number (required)

    If you rent, does your lease/landlord allow pets?

    How many hours a day will the pet be alone? (required)

    Our pet will live (required):

    Do you have a fenced in yard?

    Household Information:

    Number of Adults (required):

    Do you have children (required)

    Number of Children: (required)

    Ages of Children:

    Do all the adults in the household know that you plan to adopt a pet? (required)

    Please check any topics that you would like to discuss with us:

    Meet Your Match cat survey

    I would consider my household to be like

    I am comfortable with a cat that likes to play “chase my ankles” and similar games

    I want my cat to interact with guests that come to my house

    How do you feel about a boisterous cat that gets into everything?

    My cat needs to be able to adjust to new situations quickly

    I want my cat to love being with children in my home

    My cat needs to be able to be alone

    When I am at home, I want my cat to be by my side or in my lap

    I want my cat to enjoy being held

    I need my cat to get along with

    My cat will be

    I have lived with cats before
    I prefer my cat to be talkative
    YesNoIt’s not important if my cat is talkative
    I want my cat to play with toys
    Little of the timeSometimesOften
    I want my cat to be active
    Not very active at allSomewhatYes, very

    It's most important to me that my cat ...

    Meet Your Match dog survey

    My dog needs to be able to be alone (per day)

    When I'm at home, I want my dog to be by my side

    When I'm not at home, my dog will spend her time

    I want a guard dog

    I want my dog to hunt or herd with me

    I want my dog to be the type that is very enthusiastic in the way she shows she loves people

    I want my dog to be playful

    I want my dog to be laid back

    I am comfortable doing some training with my dog to improve manners such as jumping, stealing food, and pulling on the leash

    I (or my children) want to participate in agility, flyball or obedience with our dog.

    I am interested in a dog with "special needs" (medical or behavioral)

    It's most important to me that my dog ...


    Please Enter 3 references below

    Reference 1:

    Reference 2:

    Reference 3:

    I understand that DAWS reserves the right to approve or deny any adoption application, and the completion of this application does not guarantee an adoption of a DAWS animal. I affirm that I have answered all questions truthfully and to the best of my knowledge. I also represent that I am willing and able to accept full and immediate responsibility for the ownership and care of the animal(s) I am applying to adopt.

    (*Required for application submission)