" Adopting a shelter animal makes both of our lives better.  "

- Evrie and Al Sheldur-Katzin Tawgs

Adoption Fees are $45 to $65 for many animals

Many dogs and cats are available with adoption fees ranging from $45 to $65. This includes vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and micro-chipping. This does not apply to all animals, so please call the number on your dog's detail page.

The Adoption Process

The adoption process is easy. Once you find the dog or cat you can't live without, follow these steps:

Understand the Responsibility

Adopting a pet should be a well-thought out decision. Animals are meant to spend their entire lives with you. They are family members and are not disposable. They need to be fed and cared for every single day. Don't adopt an animal unless you are committed to the long-term care for that animal.

Make Appointment To Meet

Everyone working with shelter, rescue and foster dogs and cats is very friendly and loves meeting and talking with prospective adopters, like you. Call or text 239-595-0623 or 941-266-7084 to make an appointment or write to us here and we'll arrange a meeting. Take note of the dog's ID and/or name.

Meet Your New Best Friend

Come meet your new dog or cat in Franklin, NC. Meeting your forever friend and companion is fun. Complete the basic required paperwork, pay the fee and leave with your new pet.

Get Supplies at Local Pet Store

Pick up some pet supplies from your local pet store. Needs vary between cats and dogs.

    - a bed

    - feeding bowls

    - a collar and leash

    - food 

    - fun toys

    - healthy treats

Fees & Medical Treatment

The adoption fee for most lifetime friend and companion dogs, cats, puppies and kittens ranges from $45 to $65. The fee is paid directly to the shelter, rescue or organization at the time of adopting. This fee includes current vaccinations that the animal needs (including rabies), de-worming and microchipping. Animals that are old enough also receive spay or neuter surgery. The shelters and rescues have the final say on fees, and periodically lower adoption fees based on inventory of dogs.

Don't Forget....

Remember, these cats and dogs have been living at the shelter, rescue or foster home for days, weeks or months, so they need time with you at your house to calm down and settle in. Read the 3 day, 3 week, 3 month guide.

(1) Cats can be timid when meeting new people but deep inside they want to be with you. 

(2) Dogs can bark and move around a lot, but it's mostly them being excited and trying to communicate with you. Dogs need time to adapt to their new environment, so be patient. 

Love Your New Best Friend With Open Arms


A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. "
​- Josh Billings