The Adoption Process

Adopt a Cat!

Cat Adoptions Frederick MD Our philosophy regarding cat adoptions is based on the simple goal of placing a cat in its forever home. To this end, we strive to match the right cat with the right individual or family.

Our adoption process includes a visit with the potential adopter, the cat, and its foster parent; completion of an adoption application; an adoption interview; completion of an adoption contract; and, payment of the adoption fee.

Because our foster parents invest a lot of time, energy, personal funds, and love in preparing an animal for adoption, we rely on the foster parent to advise potential adopters about the cat's temperament, eating/sleeping/play habits, and likes/dislikes. Accordingly, the final decision regarding the adoption rests with the foster parent.

The Adoption Process

  • Check out our cats for adoption via Petfinder or by visiting our adoption center or by visiting our exhibits at Petsmart. Plan to spend a few hours getting to know the cat and bring the entire family who will be living with the cat.
  • Plan to spend at least an hour or more on completing the adoption application and contract. We also spend time talking with adopters to educate them on important information about nutrition, scratching, litter box behaviors, etc. Even experienced cat owners can learn new information.
  • Our adoption fee is $150 for one cat or $250 for two cats. This fee includes: spay or neuter of the cat, all core vaccines (FVRCP and rabies), deworming, feline leukemia/FIV testing, and microchipping.
  • Last, but by no means least important, we have two non-negotiables when it comes to adopting our cats:
    1. We do not allow declawing. This is an inhumane surgery which mutilates a cat by amputating its first digit. This procedure can cause behavior issues, including inappropriate wetting and insecurity. It has been outlawed by most European countries and is opposed by the ASPCS and HSUS. If you must have a declawed cat, we encourage you to visit Frederick County Animal Control as they sometimes have declawed cats. The Facts About Declawing
    2. We require that you keep your cat indoors. We know cats love the outdoors but it doesn't love them. In fact, the top cat killers are cars and attacks by dogs, other cats, and wildlife. Protect your cat by keeping it indoors.

How to Get Started

Cats for Adoption in Frederick MD Lots of our animals available for adoption are shown on Many are also available to meet at our adoption center. If you find a cat you may want to adopt, you may:

Adopt a Dog!

Dog Adoption Process in Frederick County MD Our philosophy regarding dog adoptions is based on the simple goal of placing a dog in its forever home. To this end, we strive to match the right dog with the right individual or family.

Where We Work

Our dogs come from all sources... strays, dogs and puppies saved from euthanasia at area shelters, etc. We place dogs in homes throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Northern Virginia, Maryland, the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, and South Central Pennsylvania (South of Harrisburg).

How To Get Started

Once they are ready for adoption, our dogs are posted on under Animal Welfare League of Frederick County. Most of your questions can be answered by reading the information about the dog and the adoption information on this page. If you are interested in one of our dogs, the quickest way to start the process is to submit a non-binding application on line, rather than call or e-mail us.

Download the Adoption Application
Download the Dog Adoption Contract

Our Adoption Process

Acknowledgement of Applications

We will acknowledge each application or inquiry received from within our service area within 24 hours. If you do not receive a response, please assume that your application was not received or send an e-mail to follow up. Please note: Our Petfinder listings make it clear that some dogs are not ours, but are instead courtesy postings for other rescues. If we receive an e-mail or application about another rescue's dog, we forward such emails on to the appropriate rescue, but cannot be responsible for their response time.

Vet Reference and Home Checks, Meeting the Dog, and Other Steps in the Process

If your application is a possible match, we will contact your vet for a reference. If you are a first-time pet owner, you are not required to provide a vet reference. We will, however, ask you to provide 3 personal references. We will contact you with the results of your vet reference. If the vet reference is unsatisfactory, you will be alerted to this. If it is satisfactory, we will contact you to discuss the dog, arrange for you to meet the dog, and arrange a home visit.

Adoption Fees and Services Covered by the Fee

We require a non-tax-deductible adoption fee of $250. Our vetting policy includes the provision of the following veterinary services and examinations, which are covered by your dog's adoption fee:

  • Preliminary physical exam checking coat and skin, eyes, ears, mouth, teeth and gums, heart, abdomen, lungs, legs and paws.
  • Neuter or spay and take-home medications like antibiotics or pain medications
  • Vaccinations including rabies, distemper, and parvo
  • Heartworm test
  • Lyme Disease test
  • Fecal exam and worming medication as needed
  • Dental scaling and polishing if vet so recommends

Please Note

AWLFC reserves the right to decline or not accept any application, based on the information we receive or are given during the approval process, and up to signing the adoption contract, with no explanation to the applicant. Information received during the approval process is considered confidential. The right to decline an adoption is at the sole discretion of AWLFC and/or AWLFC's representatives.

AWLFC is here to serve the best interests of our cats and dogs and our approval process is set up to do just that. If your application is denied you may appeal to the Board of Directors of AWLFC. The Board will review your application but reserves the right to uphold the declination without providing specific detail.