Hello Pet Lovers,

Please read the bullet points below on how our adoption process has changed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Review available pets on the website. 
  • Call or email the APF at 518-374-3944 ext. 102 or info@animalprotective.org about adopting a pet.
  • Staff will call you back within 24-regular business hours to discuss your pet needs and help make a match.
  • Together, we’ll arrange an appointment for you to do a virtual showing with that pet. (We have used Skype​ and Zoom apps for the showings, the staff will discuss which format will work best for you.)
  • Available pets will be set up for virtual showings. For dogs only, an appointment will be set up for a meet and greet outside of the building.  Staff will provide you with the details when scheduling the appointment. 
  • After the virtual showing, payment will be processed – credit card preferred – for the adoptions and an appointment to pick up your pet will be made.  
  • Currently we are doing curbside pick-up for your new pet. Staff will give you the details at the time of scheduling. 
  • When you arrive to pick up pet, you will sign final adoption paperwork.  Staff will bring out the pet to you.  
  • We ask that you have a face mask on when you come to pick up your new pet.  
  • All dog adoptions will include a collar and leash provided by the APF for an additional cost of $17. The collar you will receive is a Martingale that we use for training. 
Thanks for your cooperation and understanding. We look forward to helping you find the pet that fits perfectly into your family.

Questions? Please email info@animalprotective.org.

Adopting an animal at the APF is a simple process.

Our dedicated staff and volunteers will help you find the perfect match. Browse the animals online first, or just stop in during our shelter hours.

Your first step to adopting a pet is to complete an adoption questionnaire. These are available at the shelter or you may download one here.



Adoption questionnaireLearn about our adoption fees.

A few things to know:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to adopt without a parent or guardian.
  • Bring a form of identification with current address, such as a driver’s license.
  • Once a staff member has reviewed your adopter questionnaire, you can spend some time with the animals.
  • Pets are an important part of the family, so if at all possible, all family members should be part of the process. If you are looking to add an additional dog, we ask you to bring your dog to the shelter to meet the new canine companion. This may require a second visit and we encourage you to schedule a time for a dog-to-dog meeting.
  • Complete the adoption process by reviewing and signing the adoption agreement, which details the care you will need to provide for your new pet.
  • You will receive important medical and training information about your new pet. You are always welcome and encouraged to contact us at any time should you have any questions. 

What if I don’t find the right pet for me?


Once you have submitted an adopter questionnaire, it will be kept on file for six months. You can come back whenever you are ready to adopt. Give us a call or check our website regularly for new pets.

You can also search online for pets available at other area organizations at Petfinder.