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Adoption Process

Thank you for considering adoption and saving a life! 

Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation understands the importance of choosing the right pet for your family, and provides a friendly, customer-oriented adoption process. 

Due to COVID-19, adoptions are currently being offered by appointment only. View available animals on our website and submit an inquiry form if you're interested in adopting. Once your inquiry has been received, you will be added to a virtual queue.

If the animal you are interested in is still available, ARF will contact you by email or phone with more information and appointment instructions for your in-person meet-and-greet.

Availability of particular animals cannot be guaranteed without an appointment. ARF's team will try their best to accommodate walk-ins for adoption as availability permits. Adoption hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 11:45 am to 5 pm.

Due to the high volume of inquiries, it is unfortunately not always possible to respond to all inquiries. Adoption updates may be found on Twitter at @ARFadoptions.

We are accepting one or two specific animals per inquiry. If you are interested in more than two animals, please submit additional inquiries. Then we'll start the process of getting you a new furry family member! The entire adoption process may take up to several days. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

ARF's team is excited to guide you in choosing a pet, share information about their history and behavior while at ARF, and provide resources. This process can take time — please allow 60-90 minutes for in-person appointments. 

Requirements

Adopters must be 18 or older with valid ID.

Policies

ARF adopts to the first good match and does not place animals on hold. Those interested in a specific pet should submit an adoption inquiry.

ARF will adopt a dog or cat to a family living outside the San Francisco Bay Area if the adopter can pick up the animal in person at ARF. ARF encourages those who cannot travel to ARF to contact a nearby shelter or rescue to adopt a local pet who needs a home.

All of ARF's adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, current on vaccinations, microchipped, de-wormed, and given flea/tick preventative. All dogs are started on Heartgard. All dogs 6 months and older are tested for heartworm. All cats are tested for FeLV, and all cats older than 6 months are tested for FIV.

For the safety of the animal, adopted cats must be in carriers and dogs must be on leash when they leave ARF.

To protect ARF's volunteers, staff, and adopters, ARF is following recommended safety measures as directed by Contra Costa County.

 

 

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