Adoption Application

Thank you for your interest in adopting!

We strive to make the best possible match between our rescued pets and their new families. The Adoption Application form is the first step to see if the pet you are interested in would be a good match for your family. Once submitted, one of our volunteers will review your information and will be contacting you by email to discuss the information you provided. Please be sure to check your Spam folder in case our email reply goes there.


  • Be able to provide us with a photo ID or other paperwork verifying your current address
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have confirmation from your landlord that pets are allowed, or own your own home
  • Be able and willing to spend the time and money necessary to provide training, medical treatment and proper care for your pet.

Please fill out the form completely – we will discard any application that is not completely filled out. If a question doesn’t apply to you please enter N/A or explain otherwise. Submitting an application does not obligate you to adopt nor does it guarantee the pet will be adopted to you. We collect applications on the pet in question and make our best determination on where we think the animal will do best.

Please note: we have been having some trouble with this form. Please email if your form doesn’t go through or you don’t get a confirmation email. If you are on a mobile device, please try submitting from a computer if you get an error message.

Applicant Info
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  2. (valid email required)
  3. (valid email required)
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  6. MA and RI applicants - Sorry, we are unable to adopt to residents in MA or RI.
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Pet Info
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  2. Dog or Cat?
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  4. Are you looking for a pet that will live inside or outside?
  5. What size adult pet are you looking for?

  6. CATS ONLY - Do you prefer that your cat be: (check any that apply)

  7. DOGS ONLY - For potty breaks, your dog will be: (check any that apply)

Household Info
  1. Do you plan on moving soon?
  2. How do the other adults in your household feel about adopting a pet?

  3. Some dogs and cats may not get along well with children - please consult a volunteer for more information about the animal in which you are considering. A.A.R.F. cannot guarantee temperament of any animal but can share the experience had with the animal(s) in their care.

Rental Info
  1. Renters must provide a copy of your lease or a letter from your landlord stating a pet this size is permitted.
  2. Does your lease allow pets?
Current and Past Pets
  1. Please list each pet's Name, Species (Dog or Cat), Breed, Inside or Outside Pet
  2. Are all of your current as well as past pets spayed or neutered?
  3. DOGS ONLY: Are/were your dogs on prescription heartworm prevention?
  4. Have you ever had a pet: (check any that apply)

  5. Have you ever: (check any that apply)

Veterinarian Info
  1. Are you financially able and willing to provide annual checkups, vaccinations and any/all emergency care for a pet?
Making A Commitment
  1. Have you adopted from us before?
  2. Is this pet a gift?
  3. Adopting an animal is a lifelong commitment. Are you aware that a cat can live to be over 20 years old, and that a dog can live to be over 15 years old? Are you prepared to make this commitment to this animal?
  4. Are you aware that dogs and cats can scratch, nibble, and in some cases bite? That they can make noises, such as barking growling, whining, howling, meowing, etc? Are you prepared for this?
  5. A.A.R.F. makes every attempt possible to find forever homes for these animals. Relocating animals from home to home has a negative affect on animals, therefore, we strive to do it right the first time. Rescue animals in general come with some type of emotional baggage. Since we were not there to see what they have experienced and witnessed, we cannot guarantee you the perfect animal immediately. All animals take patience, time, work and commitment - some rescue animals may exceed the normal amount that one would expect.
  6. By checking this box, you are stating that you understand the mission of this organization; you understand what is expected of you in regard to caring for this animal; and you are ready, willing, and able to make this lifelong commitment to this animal.
  7. As the Applicant, I agree to:

    1. Keep a properly fitted collar on my dog at all times and an identification tag in the case that he or she gets separated from me;
    2. Obtain any and all licenses required by the State and/or local authorities;
    3. Provide the above referenced pet with necessary inoculations at the intervals advised by my veterinarian (AARF is not responsibility for any medical fees incurred after the date of the adoption);
    4. Have the above referenced pet under my control when it is not on the confines of my property. A secured area, and shelter will be provided for dogs, and cats will be housed indoors only, unless specified;
    5. Not keep my pet tied up or chained for extended lengths of time;
    6. Contact AARF if I cannot keep my pet for any reason, or find another no-kill rescue organization to surrender my pet to;
    7. Not abuse or neglect my new adopted pet and I authorized AARF, at their sole discretion, to determine whether or not the pet has been abused or neglected. A.A.R.F. reserves the right to follow up on any adoption via telephone, e-mail or scheduled home visitation at a mutually agreed upon time between adopter and A.A.R.F. volunteer;
    8. Not engage my new pet in any aggressive acts, such as dog fighting.
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  9. By electronically signing and submitting this application to A.A.R.F., I hereby affirm that I have answered the above questions truthfully and to the best of my knowledge. I give my permission for AARF to contact the landlord, veterinary, and/or personal references as needed. I understand that providing any false information can be cause for denial of my application. Leaving any questions blank or not filling out this form completely can be cause for the application to be discarded or denied.
  10. ADOPTION CONTRACT IF ADOPTION APPLICATION IS ACCEPTED: By signing this document, you understand that any failure to perform the foregoing agreement will constitute a breach of contract. In the event of any such breach of contract, you authorize AARF to reclaim both possession and ownership of the adopted pet. You also understand that the pet covered by these adoption papers, is as far as can be determined by AARF, in good health. A.A.R.F. always recommends taking your new pet to the vet following adoption. I understand that there is no guarantee from AARF regarding health, age, breed, or temperament of my new pet. I hereby release and agree to hold harmless AARF from any claim, liability or cause of action arising from this adoption. I certify that I have read and agree to the requirements listed above. I understand that only under certain circumstances, as determined by A.A.R.F., and at their sole discretion, will a refund be issued if for whatever reason I need to return my pet.

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