Adopting from the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland

We think our adoption process is fast, fun and friendly.

Adopting a new pet into your family will be a very rewarding and exciting experience.  We've been facilitating adoptions since 1911, so we think we’re pretty good at match making.  When you are chosen by a pet (yes, they typically choose you!) we do our best to make the whole experience fast, fun and friendly so you can take your new friend home right away.

That being said, adopting a new pet does require a considerable commitment and we have the following requirements:

  • adopter must be 18 years of age or older
  • adopter must provide photo identification showing a current address
  • adopter must have consent from landlord and all other members of your household
  • adopter must be able and willing to spend the time and money necessary for training, medical treatment and proper care of a pet
  • adopter must be willing to work with our adoption staff to determine an appropriate match for your lifestyle and experience

Get Started Today!

Happy FamilyStep One: Complete an adoption survey
You can complete a survey during your visit at the shelter, or download and print a copy to complete at home and bring in with you.

Step Two: Visit the ARLGP
During your visit at the ARLGP, talk with our adoption counselors so they can match your lifestyle and expectations with the purr-fect playmate.  Our staff spends time with each and every animal, so they will be able to consider your needs and find potential adoptees that will work well with your family.

Step Three: Welcome a new family member!
Did you find your new furry family member?  We’ll give you all the details on your new ball of fur, and process your adoption promptly. 


Didn't find a new furry friend on your first visit?
During your visit, if a furry friend didn’t say hello, we’ll hold your adoption survey for thirty days so you can keep looking.  We have new animals paw through our doors daily- we encourage you to stop by often to take a peek around. 


View our adoption fees, and find out what your adoption fee covers