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Adoption Information

Whether you’re just looking, or you’re ready to adopt, we’re here to provide the necessary adoption information to make the process smooth. Thank you for your interest in pet adoption!

What should potential adopters consider before adopting a pet at the Animal Welfare League?

The AWL is here to find the best match possible between adopters and the animals in our care. Keep in mind that a pet’s personality is way more important, and it’s best to try to find a pet that will fit into your lifestyle. 

How long does the adoption process take?

It’s best to allocate at least 30 – 45 minutes for the counseling process, but it can take longer if you need to schedule a meet-and-greet with your current pet(s). All animals adopted from the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County are spayed or neutered before adoption so that they will go home with you the same day!

What’s included in my adoption?

• Spay/neuter surgery
• Age-appropriate vaccinations
• Registered microchip with 24PetWatch
• 30 days free animal insurance with Trupanion
• Special adopter discounts on pet boarding and dog training
• One free visit at any Participating Veterinarian, by appointment, within fourteen days from the date of adoption


Please fill out the form and call the Animal Welfare League at 941-625-6720 to schedule an appointment. This form does not guarantee the hold of the animal. We ask for adopters to come to the shelter to spend time with the pet before the adoption. The adoption process works on a first-come, first-serve basis. If the animal you wish to adopt isn’t available anymore, please consider falling in love with another available pet. We have lovely pets waiting just for you to change their lives furrever.

Adoption Fee


Large Breed (26 + lbs)

$200 – Puppies (8 weeks to 6 months)
$130 –  Adult Dogs (25 lbs or more, 6 months old and up)
$60 – Seniors (7+ years with no medical issues)

Small Breed (25 lbs and under)

$300 – Puppies (8 weeks to 6 months)
$250 – Adult Dogs (25 lbs and under, 6 months old and up)
$125 – Seniors (7+ years with no medical issues)


$150 – Kittens (8 weeks to 6 months)
$75 – Adult Cats (Over 6 months/10 years)
$45 Senior Cats (Over 10 years)

Rescue Warriors

$45 – Special Needs Pets (Pets who need extra medical attention)

$25 – Small Critters

Other animals prices may vary


Adoption Application

Pet allowance, weight, and/or breed restrictions will need to be verified by the Adoption Counselor.