How to Adopt

Special COVID-19 Adoption Procedures:

Animal shelters in Maine are considered essential businesses, but we have made modifications to our adoption process to keep you and our staff safe and healthy. Adoptions will be appointment-only at this time. You can view our adoptable dogs, cats and small animals by clicking these links.

Please fill out our online survey below if you are interested in adopting. A GAHS employee will then contact you shortly to go over adoption details, begin the matchmaking process, and schedule a time to visit. Please note that filling out an application does not put a “hold” on an animal. Visits are currently being scheduled on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Please do not show up without an appointment. We are limiting the number of people in our facility. Questions? Email or call 207-783-2311.

Thank you for opting to adopt!

Thank you for your interest in adopting a GAHS animal!  Every year, we place thousands of cats, dogs and small animals in loving homes.  We strive to find the best matches for the pets and their new families.   To help us do that, we ask that all potential adopters fill out the Pet Adoption Survey found below.

GAHS is committed to reducing pet overpopulation.  All of the dogs, cats and rabbits are spayed or neutered before they are placed in a new home. This includes puppies and kittens over 8 weeks of age.   Information about medical care and treatment given to the animal while in our care will be provided to adopters. 

Please note that adoptions happen on a “first come, first served” basis.  Submitting an adoption survey does not guarantee an adoption, or place a hold on any animal.  Submitting the survey in advance simply saves time while here meeting the animals.

An in-person or phone adoption counseling process must take place and we schedule pet visits as people enter our facility.  Keep in mind that we often have lines for puppies or kittens, with visitors waiting at the door before we open.

Animals 6 months or older may be put ‘On Hold’ only when a family has been approved to adopt that pet, but needs more time to work out details.

Please note that a photo ID is required to process an adoption.

Adoption Fees

While we strive to keep adoption fees low, we also provide many services for the pets while in our care.  GAHS animals are sterilized, treated for any identified medical conditions, provided with flea and tick prevention, are up-to-date on vaccines, have been microchipped and are provided with a complimentary veterinary visit upon adoption, as well as one month of pet insurance.  Click here to see our adoption fees.