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What do I do if I am interested in meeting a dog or cat that I have seen on your website?

The first step is to complete an adoption application using one of the links below.  If you pass the initial screening the foster parent will contact you to set up a meet and greet.


 I am interested in meeting a dog or cat that I see on your website but I’m not sure I want to fill out an application and give my information. Can I meet without filling out the application? 

Unless you have met the foster parent in person at one of our adoption events it is unlikely that he/she will agree to meet with you without knowing a little bit about you.  This is for the safety of our foster parent(s).  Filling out the form does not obligate you in any way.


I filled out an adoption application but I haven’t heard back yet…when will someone call me?

Applicants can expect to receive a response within 48 to 72 hours.


How long does the adoption process take?

The process time can vary depending on individual schedules of the adoptive home and the foster home. Once the application is reviewed, vet and personal references are checked, and a home visit is completed, the adoption can be finalized.  Approximate time for the entire process can be as little as 2 days or more than a week depending on how many applications have been received for the foster animal.

Does the Animal Adoption League pay for initial vetting costs?

Yes. The Animal Adoption League covers the charges incurred for the spay/neuter surgery and the following screening tests/treatments/vaccinations:  Rabies and Distemper Vaccinations, Combo (FIV/FeLV) test (cats only), Fecal test and treatment (if needed), Heartworm test and treatment (if needed).  In some instances, depending on the condition of the animal, we may cover other veterinary expenses not listed.

 I don’t have a fenced in yard – may I still adopt a dog? Are there any exceptions to this rule?

A fenced in yard is not mandatory.  We review all applications and will determine on a case by case basis if this is a requirement.

What happens if the pet does not work out in my household after a few weeks or months?

All adoptions have a “trial period” of a minimum of 2-3 weeks to allow for household adjustment. The Animal Adoption League makes every effort to support our adoptive homes during this adjustment period including providing trainer referrals if needed.If the adoptive home decides not to keep the pet they should immediately contact the foster parent or the Animal Adoption League directly at  At no time should one of our foster animals be surrendered to an animal shelter.


Why is there an adoption fee? What is the money used for?

The adoption fee is used to cover expenses associated with intake and caring for foster animals prior to adoption. These expenses include but are not limited to veterinary expenses. In most cases the adoption fee does not cover all of our expenses therefore we must supplement with annual fundraisers, private grants, and individual donations.


I am a renter – can I still adopt?

Yes as long as your landlord gives permission, there are no breed restrictions, the animal is the appropriate size for the space, the pet limit (if applicable) is not exceeded, and a security deposit is paid (if required).

How do I get involved? I wish to volunteer!

There are many ways to get involved with the Animal Adoption League.  Foster a pet!  We are always in need of dog and cat foster homes.  Help out at adoption events!  Volunteers needed to assist with event set up/break down, holding dogs, talking to potential adopters.  Help with fundraisers!  Responsibilities vary depending on the fund raiser.  Helping out with our monthly newsletter!  Providing articles or other content for our newsletter.  If you would like to meet our volunteers and learn more about the Animal Adoption League, please attend one of our monthly meetings held the second Wednesday of every month from 7pm to 9pm at the Longhorn Steakhouse in Pineville, NC across from the Carolina Place Mall.

If you would like to foster, please complete our questionnaire:

If you would like to volunteer, please complete the volunteer form:

What is the best way to donate money to the Animal Adoption League?

Donations can be made securely through paypal using your checking account or credit card.  There is no additional fees charged.

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Or by mailing a check (preferred method) to the following address:

Animal Adoption League
P.O. Box 2453
Rock Hill, SC 29732

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