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Temporary Changes to Adoption Policies

Updated 3.24.2020 – Animal Friends Alliance is currently offering adoption by appointment only.  If you are interested in adopting, please complete an adoption questionnaire online and we will contact you to set up an appointment to meet your new family member.  If you have trouble completing the questionnaire online, please call (970) 484-8516 and leave a message.  We will call you back as soon as possible.  Due to the large number of interested adopters, it’s taking us longer than usual to process questionnaires.  Thank you for your patience during this time and thank you for saving a life!

Due to the state mandate prohibiting spay/neuter surgeries, Animal Friends Alliance is offering foster-to-adoption for unaltered animals.  We believe strongly in the importance of spay/neuter in preventing pet homelessness so we will not adopt out animals who have not been “fixed.”  However, given the limits of our resources and our desire to provide the best placement for all our animals, we are offering foster-to-adoption for animals who cannot be spayed/neutered at this time.  Animals who are not spayed/neutered will be noted in their online profile.  Interested adopters can complete an adoption questionnaire like normal and will be contacted about foster-to-adoption.  Foster-to-adopt families of unaltered animals will be responsible for providing their own supplies and daily care (e.g. food, litter, toys, leash).  Unaltered foster-to-adopt animals will be microchipped and must wear a collar with an Animal Friends Alliance tag until their adoption is finalized (after they are spayed/neutered).  For unaltered foster-to-adopt animals, half of the adoption fee will be due at the time of fostering with the remainder due when adoption is finalized.  Thank you for your understanding during this time of uncertainty and remember that spay/neuter saves lives!  

Let us help you find your new best friend!

Interested in bringing a new dog or cat into your home? Read below for more information on what to expect when adopting your new best friend from Animal Friends Alliance!

Note: not all available pets reside at our shelter. Some are at off-site adoption partners or in foster homes. If you are interested in a particular pet, please call our Mulberry campus for cats at (970) 484-8516 and our Taft Hill campus for dogs at (970) 224-3647 for their current status and location.

All of the animals from our shelter come with the following:
  • Spayed / Neutered ($50 – $300 value)
  • Microchipped with registration ($25 – $75 value)
  • Age-appropriate vaccinations ($15 – $75 value)
  • De-wormings ($10 – $40 value)
  • Dogs 6 months and up are tested for heartworm ($30 – $50 value)
  • Cats are tested for feline viruses as appropriate ($20 – $40 value)
  • Earmite, flea or other medical treatments if necessary ($10 – $80+ value)
  • Starter amount of Natural Balance cat food or 5 lb. bag of Avoderm dog food (provided by Poudre Pet & Feed)
  • Free vet exam at a local veterinary hospital ($30 – $65 value)
  • Folder full of valuable information and coupons
Many older pets may have also received:
  • Dental cleaning/extractions ($250 – $2000+ value)
  • Bloodwork ($50 – $150+ value)

Frequently Asked Questions
Adoption Fees

Adoption Fees for Cats:

  • Kittens, 8 weeks–5.9 months old: $150–$175
  • Teenage Cats, 6 months–11.9 months old: $100–$125
  • Young Adult Cats, 1–5 years old: $75–$100
  • Adult Cats 6 years and older: $50–$75
  • Working cats: $30

Adoption Fees for Dogs:

  • Puppies (6 months and under) $350*
  • Young Adult Dogs (7-12 months) $275*
  • Adult Dogs (1-7 years): $250*
  • Senior Dogs (7+ years): $175*

*Higher demand dogs or puppies may have a higher adoption fee to help offset the costs of canines who may have higher medical or other special needs. On average, we invest over $500 of care into every dog or puppy during their time with us, and our adoption fee is never more than $450.

What things should I consider before bringing home a new cat or dog?

Age & Cost: Did you know that cats and dogs can live to be 10-20 years old? That is a long time to spend with your new best friend. We suggest thinking about where your new pet would go if something happened to you or what you would do if you had to move. Food, litter, and basic care for your cat typically costs about $600 – $1,000 a year. For dogs, the yearly average for dog ownership is between $1,100-$3,500. This is largely affected by the age, type, and size of the dog. This can increase if your pet gets sick and needs additional care or emergency care. If you are concerned about emergency costs, you might want to consider pet insurance.

No-Declaw Policy (cats): We do not allow cats or kittens adopted from us to be declawed. For more information on this and alternatives to declawing, please read this brochure from the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Soft Claws are available for purchase at the shelter and we can place them on your cat for a minimal fee. If you have made up your mind about getting a declawed cat, we do occasionally take in cats that have already been declawed. Call the shelter for more information on these cats.

Indoor-Only Policy (cats): Animal Friends Alliance adopts our cats as indoor-only cats. You can take your adopted kitty outside if you are present and we encourage adopters to consider harness training their cats or building cat enclosures. If you are looking for a barn cat please check out our Working Cats program and apply to “hire” an outdoor helper.

Licensing: It is your responsibility to follow local laws on animal ownership. This includes licensing and vaccinating your animal. Please visit your local county’s animal control website for more information.

Transporting Kitty Home: Cats and kittens are required to leave our shelter in a carrier designed to carry cats. Laundry baskets, totes and cardboard boxes are not acceptable. The shelter has plastic carriers for $20 and cardboard cat carriers for $6.

What is your adoption process?

The first step to adopting a cat or dog from Animal Friends Alliance is to fill out a cat adoption questionnaire or dog adoption questionnaire. You can do this online or in the shelter (Mulberry campus for cats, Taft Hill campus for dogs.)

The next step is to pick out a cat or dog! Check out our adoptable cats and adoptable dogs for pictures and short descriptions or come into the shelter at our Mulberry campus for cats or our Taft Hill campus for dogs, Poudre Pet & Feed Supply Loveland (2400 N. Lincoln Ave.), or PetSmart Fort Collins (4432 S. College Ave.) to see them in person.

Note: not all available cats and dogs reside at our campuses. Some are at off-site adoption partners or in foster homes. If you are interested in a particular cat or dog, please call our shelter at (970) 484-8516 for their current status and location.

We do not ship animals. You are required to come and meet your new addition prior to adoption so that we can ensure a good match.

Once you have found your perfect match, we will review our adoption policies with you, you will complete an adoption contract, and pay the adoption fee.
*Please note that we will make a copy of the adopters’ State ID card, Driver’s License or passport at the time of adoption.

Try Foster-to-Adoption for select adult pets

Foster-to-Adoption is a program in which select adult cats and dogs that have unique behavioral or medical needs are available to first be fostered by a prospective adopter before being officially adopted. This gives the animal the opportunity to truly blossom in the home and show the adopter what a great pet they can be if given the chance outside of the shelter environment. For more information, please contact our Mulberry campus at (970) 484-8516 for cats or our Taft Hill campus at (970) 224-3647 for dogs. 

Is there anything else I should know?

Our staff will call you one week after you adopt your new pet to see how everything is going. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please call the Mulberry campus at (970) 484-8516 for questions about cats and our Taft Hill campus at (970) 224-3647 for questions about dogs. There will also be an e-mail survey 2-3 months after adopting following up on your new life together.

Please remember that Animal Friends Alliance staff and volunteers are here for you and your new pet. If something does not work out or seems off, we are here to help you.

We are the safety net for your pet and will take your animal back into the shelter if something unavoidable happens and you must give up your friend. Do not feel afraid or embarrassed to call; we want to help you and your animal!

Adoptable Cats

Adoptable Dogs