Adoption Process

Complete an Adoption Application Form

Come to our Saturday adoption fairs and meet your new best friend. If you decide that you want to adopt one of the AARF animals, the first step is to fill out an application form.

An adoption application must be completed and approved, and an adoption contract is signed detailing the quality of care you'll be required to provide for your new pet.

Adoption application forms can be picked up at the Saturday adoption fairs or can be downloaded from the bottom of this page. Follow the instructions to submit an application electronically.

Vet Reference & home visit

AARF Adoption Counselors will contact your veterinarian as a reference to confirm the level of care that your prospective pet can expect.

AARF Adoption Counselors do routine home visits for all dog adoptions to assure that their living environment is well suited to the particular animal hoping to be adopted. Home visits are usually done within a week of receiving an adoption application.

Once your application is approved and fee paid, pets can be picked up at the next Saturday adoption fair.

Adoption Fee

An adoption fee of $200 for dogs and $125 for kittens has been established to help defray medical expenses and spay/neuter.   The adoption fee for a second kitten is $50. Adult (over 1 year old) cats are $75.00 and the second adult is $50.  

Medical Status

All animals at the AARF adoption fairs have been examined by a licensed veterinarian and given age-appropriate vaccinations (including rabies). Additionally, they have been tested for feline leukemia (FeLV) and FIV (cats/kittens), and heartworm (dog/puppies) as vet recommends.

If the animal you are interested in adopting is too young for a spay/neuter at the time of adoption, you will receive a voucher to take your new pet to a participating AARF vet for these services.

Downloadable Adoption Application Forms


Location & Hours

Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation
311 Harvey Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

336-768-PETS (7387)



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Adoption Fairs:


  • Mondays 12-4pm (cats only)

  • Tuesdays 12-6pm  (cats only)

  • Wednesdays 12-6pm (cats only)

  • Fridays 12-6pm (cats only)

  • Saturdays 12-4pm  (cats)

  • Saturdays  12-3pm (dogs) 


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