We appreciate all of the customers that walk through our doors, and we ask anyone that is interested in adoption to go through our adoption process. This includes a fully completed application form with possible veterinary checks, landlord checks, and, in the case of adopting a dog with another dog at home already, a meet and greet.

Please be advised that completing an application does not guarantee adoption. There are some cases where the applicant could be turned down.  We do not always go by a “first-come-first-serve” policy. Our mission is to find what home would be the best fit for each dog. Please keep this in mind when submitting your application.

Some of our animals come to us with siblings or friends that have spent a significant amount of time together. If our staff feels that these animals will be better off staying together, they can only be adopted as a bonded pair.


  • You must be a least 18 years old to fill out an application for adoption.
  • There is no fee is submit an application.
  • Please have photo I.D. and allow us to make a copy.

If you would like to adopt from our shelter, we ask that you go through our application process. When choosing to submit an application, please have a specific animal picked out. If you are torn trying to choose between two animals, or possibly have a first and second choice of dog, you may put in an application on up to two dogs.

Filling out the application itself takes at least 10 minutes. You will hear back from our adoption coordinator with an answer on whether your application was approved or denied within 7-10 business days.


We do ask for your veterinary information and will call your vet. We require that your animals are up-to-date on their vaccinations as well as spayed/neutered. If there is a medical reason that your pet cannot have one or any of these done, we will take that into consideration; please let us know if that is the case. If you would like to send a copy of your pets’ records, you may do so (it may speed up our processing).


  • We do ask for your landlord’s name and phone number. It is our policy that we make sure we are meeting the possible breed and weight requirements that a landlord may have.
  • If you would like to bring up a copy of your rental agreement, you may do so.


  • We consider parents to be landlords and will need their permission. We will ask for their name and phone number.


Please keep in mind that we respect city, and township limits and restrictions on pets. Many cities and counties have a limit to how many pets a household may have. There may also be breed restrictions as well. For example, St. Charles City only allows each household to own up to 2 dogs with up to 4 pets total. The city of Fenton, meanwhile, does not allow Pit Bulls. Please check the laws with your city to see how many pets you may own and if there are any breeds you are not allowed to have.


If your application is approved, you will be asked to fill out paperwork and pay the adoption fee when picking up your dog. We are a non-profit organization, which means the only money that we receive come from donations and adoption fees. We receive no money from the government. This allows us to be a No-Kill Shelter.

DOG ADOPTION FEES: Between $115 – $315

PLEASE NOTE: There is not a specific age that we classify animals as seniors. Some breeds age more quickly than others. The shorter the lifespan for that particular breed, the earlier the age we will classify them as a senior.


Fees help defray the cost of spay/neuter, vet care, food, etc. Our adoption fee includes spay/neuter, micro-chipping, de-worming, and current age-appropriate vaccinations of the adopted pet. Post-adoption veterinary care is the financial responsibility of the new guardian. Dogs can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months to adjust to a new home. Please keep this in mind if you find yourself struggling through this period of transition.

If you need to return the animal for any reason, we ask that you email first, so we can set up a time that the dog can be dropped off. We take back dogs that have been adopted from us, but it the timeframe depends on if we have room, medical issues and or behavior issues. We also ask for a $50 donation/surrender fee.

Please keep in mind the amount of commitment a pet’s needs. Pets require much of your time, love, and attention. The costs of owning a pet include food, vaccinations, heartworm testing and preventative, licensing, possible boarding, and emergency veterinary care. It may also require the expense of a trainer. Please consider these requirements when adopting a pet, and be sure you are willing to commit to a new family member who will be with you for the next 10-20 years.

PLEASE NOTE: NTTSARS reserves the right to approve or deny any application according to our adoption policies, and we pledge our best efforts to find good homes for our companion animals.


Fill out the application!