Adoption Process

The Arlington Animal Services Center (ASC) adoption program is open to anyone wishing to adopt a pet. The adoption process is simple.

  • Visit the ASC or view available animals online at
  • Select an adoptable pet.
  • Complete the Pre-Adoption & Sterilization Agreement in person to have the selected pet scheduled for the next available spay/neuter appointment, unless already altered.
  • Pick up the pet post-surgery between 4:30-6 p.m. on day of surgery

The adoption fee is $100 for a dog and $90 for a cat, which includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, appropriate testing (Heartworm or Cat Combo) and city license for Arlington residents.

An adoptable animal may be designated as a Very Important Pet (VIP) with a $10 adoption fee for various reasons, such as: Length of time in shelter, available space in shelter, senior pet over eight (8) years of age, has a treatable medical condition, has behavioral or special needs, or another reason as determined by a supervisor or manager. The reduced fee is to help the animal find their forever home. The VIP adoption fee also includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, appropriate testing, and a city license for Arlington residents.

Interested in Adopting?

Visit the ASC in person with a valid form of identification to meet available adoptable animals. Adoption of animals is on a first come, first serve basis. If interested in an animal that is in the Foster Care Program, please submit an interest card in person.

Not Able to Adopt? You Can Still Help

Each animal adoption includes the following:

  • Spay or neuter
  • City license
  • Microchip
  • Core vaccines
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Heartworm/FeLV/FIV testing services

Details of Core Vaccines


  • Distemper
  • Adenovirus Type 2
  • Hepatitis
  • Parainfluenza
  • Parvovirus
  • Bordatella


  • Panleukopenia
  • Calicivirus
  • Rhinotracheitis