Dogs & Puppies

Welcome to our Dog Center!

Here you can find all you need to know about bringing a dog or puppy into your family. All of our important forms and resources are on this page as well.  If you should have any questions, please contact us at dogs@daws.org

Dog Adoption Process

Our goal is to find you the perfect dog for your home. We recommend that you consider what age, size and temperament of dog that would best suit your lifestyle and family. Also decide if you are ready to take on the daily responsibilities and financial obligations of pet ownership; then, check out our Dog Gallery to see our lovable, adoptable dogs.

Visit us during our open adoption hours, which are Wednesday-Friday from 6PM-8PM and Saturday-Sunday from 2PM-4PM.

Please note:  Puppies, under the age of four months, are not kept at the shelter. They are housed in foster care off premise. Please see our Dog Gallery for available puppies or contact our puppy foster program at puppy@daws.org.

You may find these following resources helpful:

Dogs and Children

Crate Training

Training Your Dog

Fill out an adoption application and speak to an adoption counselor

If you are interested in adopting a dog, you will be asked to fill out an adoption application and visit the shelter to meet the dog. You may download an application and bring it with you the day you visit. You may also fill out an adoption application at the shelter if you prefer. An Adoption Counselor will review your application to make sure the dog in which you are interested is a good match for you and your family. Please be patient.  We are making love-matches so it can take us a few days to review your application details. Please note: We may take up to three applications on a dog while we are getting them ready for adoption and will select the home that we feel is the best match for that particular animal.

Finalize the adoption

Our adoption fee for all dogs/puppies over age 4 months is $300; puppies under 4 months are $350. Please note: Your adoption fee is a non-refundable donation which includes the pre-adoption spay or neuter of the dog, relevant vaccines including rabies and distemper, a heartworm test, de-wormings, and micro-chipping.

Click here to download the DAWS adoption application