How to Adopt

Falling in love with a pet is easy and pet ownership can be very rewarding. Adopting a pet, however, is a big decision. Dogs, cats, and rabbits require a lot of time, money, and commitment—over 15 years' worth in many cases. BRHA encourages you to think through your decision before you adopt a companion animal.

To adopt a pet at BRHA, you'll need to fill out an adoption application and complete an interview with an adoption specialist. But what's more important is everything that comes before the application and the interview, namely, finding the best match possible.

Finding the right pet

  • Visit the Find Your Match section and and learn about the fit between your lifestyle and your pet's needs.
  • You'll next want to read the pet descriptions listed on these websites with these lifestyle issues in mind. Photos and descriptions of all cats and kittens, dogs and puppies, and small animals available for adoption on our Website are updated continuously.
  • Visit the shelter, and meet our wonderful pets. You'll want to take this opportunity to ask questions of our adoption counselors, who can offer their experience in helping you find your new best friend.

Understanding of what it means to adopt


  1. Find a Pet
    • Visitors can meet with pets…bring the whole family--even your dog.
  2. Fill out an Application
    • If your pet meet is a success, you'll need to complete an adoption application  (please do not fax or email the application, you can download and fill it out before your visit).
    • Dog Adoption Questionnaire (pdf will open in a new window)
    • Cat Adoption Questionnaire (pdf will open in a new window)
  3. Complete an Interview
    • You will be interviewed by an BRHA adoption specialist to be sure you are familiar with any special needs the animal might have. The animal you select may not be available due to previous applications or special needs.


When you visit BRHA Adoption Center, you'll find a large selection of animals and experienced, caring staff who can help you make the best choice. You'll have the chance to get to meet pets one-on-one in special areas. We encourage dog owners to bring their current dog for a "pet meet in the Meet & Greet Park" at BRHA when you select a new dog to meet.

To help fight pet overpopulation, every animal adopted from BRHA is spayed or neutered before it goes to a new home. If an animal has special issues or needs, an BRHA behavior expert or medical team member will meet with the adopting family to make sure they understand the animal's needs.

The adoption fee for dogs and cats includes an identification microchip, identification tag, initial vaccinations (rabies and FeLV/FIV usually not included), one month of pet insurance, a certificate for a free veterinarian examination, and plenty of support and information from the experienced staff at BRHA.