How to Adopt

The Adoption Center

The Irma Baker Lyons Adoption Center was built in 2011, and has the ability to house up to 95 dogs and 175 cats. Up until our furry residents find loving homes, staff and volunteers provide them with quality care and enrichment daily.

The adoption site has three outdoor play yards, and walking trails to meet with and interact with available dogs. Our available cats reside in the "Cat Condos" or in one of the four group housing rooms. Two indoor meet and greet rooms are also available for meeting animals!

How to Adopt

1. Do a meet & greet!

Animals listed as "Available" are able to be met with onsite. Staff is also able to assist with meet and greets between potential pets and resident pets!

2. Schedule a visit!

If you know you want to adopt, please email before your visit!

3. Start the adoption process!

Staff will go over our adoption contract, medical records, and microchip details for your newly adopted pet. Please be sure to bring your photo ID!

Check out the ASPCA site for helpful tips before adopting!

Adoption Fees

The adoption fee covers all age appropriate vaccinations and blood work, spay/neuter costs, and microchipping. With every adoption you get a free sample bag of food, and a free brief health exam with a local vet!

Leashes, collars, harnesses, and cardboard carriers are available for purchase to ensure your pet makes it home safe and sound!

Adoption FAQs

What does "Unavailable" mean?
Any animal listed as "Unavailable" is currently unavailable for meet & greets or adoption.
Take a look at what all of our different statuses mean.

  • Unavailable / 72 Stray Hold: This animal was brought to us as a stray and is unavailable for adoption currently. We place every stray animal on a 72 hold so that their owner may reclaim them.
  • Unavailable / Waiting for Spay/Neuter Surgery: This animal is waiting to have their spay/neuter surgery and is unavailable for adoption currently.
  • Unavailable / Pending Vaccinations: This animal is waiting to receive required vaccinations and is unavailable for adoption currently.
  • Unavailable / Pending Medical Assessment: This animal needs a little extra care before going to their forever home and is unavailable for adoption currently.
  • Available: This animal is ready for their forever home! Stop by during public hours to meet them.
  • Available / In Foster Home: This animal is currently in a foster home, but available for adoption. Contact us to set up a time to meet them.
  • Seeking Foster Home: This animal is available for adoption and is a great candidate for a foster home if you can't commit to adopting right now.
  • Taking Applications: This animal is unavailable for adoption currently, but we are accepting applications.

What does it mean if I sponsor an animal?
When you sponsor an animal, your donation contributes to our operations fund so we can provide medical care, spay/neuter, food and love to our animals. A post will be made to our Facebook page to give this animal some extra recognition to potential adopters!
Click here to sponsor an animal!

Why are all of your dogs listed as a "Mixed Breed"?
The vast majority of dogs who enter shelters are mixed-breed animals - which actually means they are not any breed. A dog's appearance is largely controlled by a small number of genes - only about 2%. In a study done by the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, dog experts were only able to correctly identify the breed of an animal one in four times. The experts in this study included veterinarians, breeders, and trainers.
We want visitors to see each dogs' individual personality and charm that is not defined by a specific label. Just like people, every dog is unique and special in their own way!
Our knowledgeable staff is here to help you find your perfect companion.

Dogs (6+ months) - $120
Puppies* (under 6 months) - $160
Grey Muzzles (8 years+) - $50

Adoptable Dogs

Cats (6+ months) - $75
Kittens* (under 6 months) - $100
Grey Whiskers (10 years+) - $50

Adoptable Cats

Small Animals - $10
Barn Cats** - $25

Adoptable Critters
*For puppies and kittens that are not of age to be spayed/neutered, there is a refundable $100 deposit that must be paid. Our friendly staff will help set up an appointment to get your pet spayed/neutered. Once your pet has been spayed/neutered by your vet or our preferred clinic, we will refund your deposit!
**Check out our Community Cat Program that helps feral or unsocialized cats get fixed and returned to their home territory, or adopted out as barn cats!