Intake Procedure

The Animal Defense League is a non-profit organization that is a true no-kill shelter for dogs and cats.  We will never euthanize an animal to make room for another. This means, our shelter accepts pets if we have space and by appointment only. If you need to make an appointment, send a request by email with photos and a description of the pet (age, sex, weight, breed) to Our intake team is incredibly busy and will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please note that your email does not guarantee an appointment or that we will take the pet in question. ADL staff will contact you with an appointment date and time. Intake decisions are based on the number and size of open kennels and cages, and not on a first-come, first-served basis.

We are not able to accept aggressive or feral dogs and cats. Intakes will not be scheduled or considered on Saturdays and Sundays. Please note intake appointments will not be made via Facebook or Instagram messenger. Please email

Surrender fees:

K9 Surrender Fees:
Dogs = $50
Heartworm Positive = $100 additional
Medical/Other = $50 additional

Feline Surrender Fees:
Cats = $50
Medical/Other = $50 additional

This fee helps pay for the cost of spaying or neutering, vaccinating, housing and medical care.

Intake forms:

Please print and complete a Pet Profile and bring it with you to your appointment. To view our complete Intake Policy, as well as a list of other resources for placing pets, click here: ADL Intake Policy

Para ver nuestra polica de recibimineto de perros y gatos en Español; incluyendo otros lugares que aceptan animales y mas recursos de ayuda, siga Recibimineto de Animales (forma pdf).