How to Adopt

Faithful Friends is committed to finding the perfect match for you! Whether you are looking for a jogging partner, a cuddle buddy, or a playmate – our adoption process was created to find a companion that complements your lifestyle. When searching for a pet, consider what your lifestyle, activity level, and home environment is like and look for an animal that is suitable for you!

Details about our adoption requirements:

Adoption applicants must be at least 18 years old. Yes, we do adopt to out of state residents.

At Faithful Friends Animal Society we value every animal equally and consider them all to be precious and an irreplaceable part of the family forever. Our adoption fees can vary due to many factors. Pricing is dependent on age, size, breed, and medical condition. The higher adoption fees for easier to place animals gives us additional resources to provide extra help to other animals in our shelter – such as those that may require additional surgery, medical treatment, or behavior training; or those who simply have a more difficult time finding the right family and take a little longer to find their forever home.

Regular Dog Adoption Fees

  • Large Dogs: $99-$150
  • Small Dogs over 10 years old (under 35 pounds): $99
  • Small Dogs under 10 years old (under 35 pounds): $250
  • Puppies under 7 months old: $350-$450
  • Super Senior (10 years or older): $99

Regular Cat Adoption Fees

  • Adult Cats: $65
  • Kittens: $100

Adoption fee includes spay or neuter surgery, routine vaccines, microchip, de-wormer, and current heartworm prevention and flea/tick control.

Monthly adoption promotions or special sale weekends offer additional discounts, so check with us to see if we are offering any special discounts! If you are interested in bringing home a dog AND a cat, your adoption fee for the cat will be waived!

Most of our kittens are in foster care until they are old enough to be spay/neutered and vaccinated; and will usually be featured at one of our off-site pet store locations when they are ready for adoption. If you’re interested in adopting a kitten, please email your adoption application to Lynne Sobieski, Cat Department Manager, at

Year-round adoption promotions

Barn Buddies

Let’s face it, not all cats are cut out for “life in the living room” but they deserve to be happy and comfortable too!

Barn Buddies matches cats with non-traditional, lifetime, loving placements including by not limited to barns, warehouse businesses and more!

Download a flyer about this program!

Pets for Patriots

Adoption fee waived on select pets for all U.S. military personnel and veterans. Must register with and receive approval #.

Find your new best friend at Faithful Friends!

Pets included in this special:

  • Cats or dogs 2 years of age or older
  • Dogs 40lbs+ (regardless of age)
  • Special Needs pets (regardless of age)

Me & My Shadow

Adopt a cat or kitten and the adoption fee for a black cat buddy is waived.

Siblings Rock!

Adopt a cat or kitten and the adoption fee for their sibling is waived.

Golden Years

Adoption fees for adult cats are waived for adopters over 60 years of age.

Begin your search

Visit our shelter during our public adoption hours, which are Wednesday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit us and see all the wonderful pets we have waiting for you! An adoption counselor will guide you in finding a good match for your home. Don’t forget to ask about the dogs and cats we currently have in foster homes that are also available for adoption.

Apply to Adopt a DOG

Apply to Adopt a CAT

Faithful Friends Dog Adoption Process

Please note that adoption applications are processed only after you have come to the shelter to meet the dog you are interested in adopting, therefore it’s recommended that you come to the shelter, with your completed application when you are ready to adopt. The shelter is open to the public Wednesday – Friday 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Saturday Noon – 5:00 p.m.

You may fax or email your application to us, but we cannot place a hold on any dog. We make every effort to process adoption applications on the same day we received them (in person) based on a first come, best match applicant basis. This is in the best interest of the animals as we make every effort to adopt them to great homes as quickly as possible. By getting them adopted quicker it also allows us to save more animals.

Please email your completed adoption application to or fax to (302) 427-2855. Once we receive your adoption application we will keep it on file to expedite your adoption once you come to the shelter to meet the dog.

Faithful Friends reviews the application

We make every effort to process adoption applications same day when possible. If the application cannot be processed same-day it will be processed within three business days. We will conduct an interview with you to discuss your potential pet. During the interview, we will talk about the demands of being a pet owner and what unique needs your specific dog or cat will require. At that point, if your application is approved, you may either bring your pet home the same day or make an appointment to do so.

We want to be sure that each of our pets are succeeding in their new home! A follow-up phone call will come about one month after your adoption to make sure your new pet has adjusted to its new family.

Thanks to our partnerships with local Petco, Concord Pet and Pet Valu locations you can visit some of our cats needing homes at these offsite adoption centers: Petco locations in Christiana and on Kirkwood Highway, Concord Pet stores in Frazer, Hockessin, Middletown, Newark, Smyrna and West Chester and Pet Valu locations in Hockessin and Newark.