Adoptions

Adoptions

Photos and descriptions of the dogs and cats available are updated on our website regularly but there are often animals we hear about that are not yet posted. We recommend that you send in an application if you want a certain breed or size even if you don’t see it listed. We will let you know if we hear of anything that meets your needs. The best way to meet the dogs and cats is by attending our regular adoption days. (See the gray-highlighted area below for specific times and places.) Cats can also be seen all week in condos at Feeders Supply-Baxter Ave., Feeders Supply-Middletown, and the Animal Medical Center in Middletown. If the animals will not be at adoption days we can arrange another time for a meet-and-greet.

Most of our animals are in owners’ homes or foster homes; some are kenneled by the people who have rescued them and then bring to adoption days as schedules permit. If you would like to browse some of the dogs and cats we have available at this time, please choose:

Browse Adoptable Dogs
Browse Adoptable Cats

Local Adoption Dates and Locations

Dogs: Feeders Supply in Middletown on the first Friday of each month from 7:00-8:30pm. This date will be changed due to inclement weather. In this case, please look at our “Events” section to see if we are on schedule or postponed for another week.

PLEASE NOTE: Adoption night for dogs will be postponed a week in May due to Derby festivities. This year adoption night will be held at Feeders Supply in Middletown on Friday, May 11, from 7:00-8:30pm.

Cats: Feeders Supply in Middletown on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00-4:00pm and Feeders Supply on Baxter Ave on Saturdays from 1:00-4:00pm.

Cats are also on site all day every day at the above Feeders Supply locations. All cats and kittens are spayed or neutered, FIV and/or Leukemia tested, wormed, and vaccinated.

All adoptions include a coupon book worth over $100 from Feeders Supply.

We can always use volunteers to hold dogs and talk to possible adopters. If you would like to help, please download our Volunteer Application here.

The Application Process

If you are interested in adopting an animal from Shamrock, please fill out an application (below). Both postal mail and email addresses are provided; however, emailed applications are picked up by several people and processed more quickly. Shamrock volunteers work hard to make the best match between the animal and your family, so include the type of dog or cat you like – laid-back, athletic, cuddly, couch-potato, short- or long-haired, young, old, etc. If you are willing to work with a special needs cat or dog we usually have several of those in need of homes, too.

Download and fill out our Dog Application
Download and fill out our Cat Application 

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The Contract

Once the adoption has been approved, the next step is to go over our terms and fill out our adoption contract.

Adoption fees for our available animals are listed on our website along with their bios, which can be accessed by clicking on “adoptable cats” or “adoptable dogs.” This covers spay/neutering, worming, microchipping, and vaccinations appropriate for the age of the animal. Many animals we help rescue have cost us hundreds of dollars, sometimes more, in veterinary fees; some have cost us much less. Checks should be made payable to The Shamrock Pet Foundation.

We like to give you a couple of weeks to see if your new dog/cat is a good fit in your home. It’s a good idea to start the visit on a weekend when you will have time to help your new addition get acclimated to your home and family. If within the first two weeks you have determined this is not a good fit, then you can return the pet to us and we will return your adoption fee.

The What Ifs

If the adoption does not work out please contact us immediately. The contract you sign stipulates that the animal must be re-homed through us and not surrendered to a shelter, given away, sold, or euthanized. Since we do not have a facility, you will need to notify Shamrock and work with them to find the pet a new home. If you have any other questions, please contact us.