Animal Adoption Process


Animal Services is now closed to the public.  Staff will still be caring for the animals as normal, and we will be answering phones as normal. Animal control officers will be switching to emergency only calls beginning today, March 17 at noon. Staff will still be working with citizens to help them reclaim their pet(s) if they are impounded by an animal services officer. Animal Services is temporarily suspending owner surrenders and limiting our income-based spay/neuter clinic until further notice (we are still scheduling spay/neuter appointments, but the wait time may be up to two weeks).

If you are interested in adopting, please follow these steps:

  1. If you are interested in an adoptable shelter pet, please call the shelter at 479-444-3456 and speak with the staff member in charge of the pet’s care. 
  2. If you think the pet will be a good fit, next fill out the adoption application which can be found on the city’s website at the link below.   
  3. Lastly, Animal Services will arrange a time for you to come to the shelter, meet the pet, and if all goes well, take the pet home!  

In the following paragraphs you will find a link to the adoption application, as well as a website link to pets currently in the animal shelter that are routed as "available." 

You can see a list of our adoptable pets here.

We recommend thinking about what you are looking for in a pet. Do you want a running companion or a couch buddy? Next, take a look at the available pets at the link above. You are welcome to visit with the pets outside of the their kennels. We have a large dog park and you are welcome to bring your current dog(s) to meet a potential new family member. Once you've picked out a new pet, please fill out the adoption application. Our staff can answer any questions you have.

All adopters must be 21 years old or older to apply. Once you complete the application, the front desk staff will verify that (1) if you rent, it is okay with your landlord for you to have the new pet(s) and (2) if you have pets already, that they are up to date on their rabies vaccination through a licensed Vet. Other than those criteria, we are just working to make sure we make an appropriate match for your lifestyle.

Often pets can go home the same day the application is turned in, as long as we can verify the above information and provided the pet is already spayed or neutered. If not, we can usually get the pet on the surgery schedule within one to two days. We cannot hold pets for more than 48 hours once the application has been turned in and approved.

The adoption fee covers the spay/neuter of the pet, rabies vaccination, booster vaccination, microchip and heartworm test for dogs over 6 months of age and a feline leukemia test for cats.

Adoption Fees


Dogs under 5 years old = $60
Dogs 5 - 10 years old = $30
Dogs over 10 years old = no fee


Cats under 10 years old = $20
Cats over 10 years old = no fee

Aged Pets

How about giving an aged dog or cat a home? Not only is an aged dog or cat special, we do not charge an adoption fee for any pet that is over 10 years old. If you provide a loving home to an older dog or cat, there is no charge because we thank you by providing spay or neuter services, micro chipping, rabies vaccination, booster shots, de-worming, and flea and tick treatment for free. In addition, we will also test the dogs for heart worms and the cats for feline leukemia for free.

Return Policy

We strive to make the best possible match between our adoptable animals and the adopter. We also understand that situations arise where adopters may not be able to keep their adopted animal. When these situations arise we are open to adopters re-homing their animal themselves though we do urge caution so that the best new home can be found. If you have re-homed your adopted animal you will be required to notify Fayetteville Animal Services and be willing to provide the name, address and phone numbers of the new owner. If an adopter is unable to re-home the animal they may return the adopted animal back to the shelter under the following conditions:

If it is within 6 months from the date of the adoption the adopter can return the animal anytime during our normal hours of operation regardless of where they live.

If it is after 6 months from the date of adoption the adopter will be asked to make an appointment to surrender the pet. These surrenders will only be accepted from residents living inside Fayetteville City limits. Any adopter living outside of Fayetteville City limits will need to contact the shelter that serves the area in which they live and surrender the pet to that facility.

If you have questions about the adoption process or Fayetteville Animal Services, please email us or call 479-444-3456.