We do not adopt on a first-come-first-serve basis, but rather by the best match between pet and family, although we will factor in the order of applications if there are equally good matches. We want to be sure that we are placing pets in homes where the entire family will be happy: Our Lighthouse dog, all humans in the home and any pets you already have.
After you have submitted an application for a dog or a cat in our care, we will begin to process your application by confirming your housing, calling your vet reference (if you have one) and calling your personal references. The time it takes for our volunteers to completely process an application will vary depending on how quickly we can get in touch with these references. We will sometimes have questions along the way and will reach out to you as they arise.
When performing a vet reference, we are looking for consistent wellness exams, heartworm testing (for dogs), purchase of preventatives, and proof of spay/neuter (unless recommended otherwise by a vet). All animals in the home must be up to date on at minimum a rabies vaccine (unless recommended otherwise by a vet) before a Lighthouse animal can be adopted.
When your application is approved, we will reach out to you to set up a time for you to visit with our animals. All appointments at this time are limited to approved applicants only so the first step toward adoption through Lighthouse is to submit an application.
The application is the first step toward us getting to know your family and your schedule. We want everyone involved in the adoption to be happy. If you have any questions or concerns while integrating your new pet into your family, please reach out to us and let us know.
To apply to adopt, download the adoption application above and send it to
SENIOR DOGS: $250
KITTENS UNDER 1 YEAR: $200
CATS OVER THE AGE OF 1 YEAR: $125
All animals are spayed or neutered before adoption and current on appropriate vaccinations (rabies, distemper and bordatella for dogs and rabies and distemper for cats). Dogs are microchipped, heartworm tested, dewormed and on preventatives while in our care. Cats are feline leukemia and feline HIV tested and dewormed.
The adoption fee for dogs also helps to cover the cost of any extra vetting, boarding and/or transport incurred in each dog’s rescue. On the rare occasions when a dog comes to us already altered and/or vaccinated, those fees help save lives by funding the vetting for other animals which may require heartworm treatment, dental work or other treatments which exceed the regular adoption fees.
If you are unable to afford the adoption fees, please keep in mind that a dog or a cat is a lifetime commitment and they will require vaccines annually throughout their lifetime, annual heartworm testing (dogs), monthly preventatives for heartworm, flea and tick, treatment for any injuries or illnesses that arise, quality food and misc. costs depending on the animal (pet care while on vacation, grooming, doggy day care, etc.). While we would love to see each dog and cat in a loving home, we do want to ensure that it is a forever home that is totally committed to each animal’s care.
*As of 7/1/2021, our adoption fee for dogs increased from $400 to $450. If you have applied to adopt through us prior to 7/1/2021, the $400 adoption fee will be honored.