Animal Adoption

The shelter is adopting animals via appointments only. Please view the animals available for adoption and fill out an application. Please email or fax the application to us. Applications will be reviewed and if we feel you may be the best match for the animal we will call you for a meet and greet. In the case of multiple applications and you were not called for a meet and greet we will hold onto your application for 60 days.


We will call you if you are selected for a meet & greet. Please do not call or email us. Thank you.


Adoption Application


Stratford Animal Control Adoption Policy

o Potential adopters must fill out an application and be approved

o All household members must come in at one time to meet the animal. We will not show an animal until all members are present.

o Kittens are not available for adoption until they are 8 weeks of age  and a minimum of 2 pounds. Puppies are available at 8 weeks of age.

o You must provide us with up-to-date veterinarian records for your current pet. If your current pets are not vaccinated or spayed/neutered your application may be denied.

o If you own a dog, you must provide a copy of your current dog license.

o If you have a dog and want to adopt a dog you must bring your current dog in for a meet and greet.

o Potential adopters must show proof of home ownership such as a tax bill or mortgage statement.

Utility bills do not count as proof of home-ownership. Renters must show a lease or a notarized letter from their landlord stating they are allowed to own a pet

o Animals are not held while you are gathering the required documentation to have your application approved. Prospective adopters must understand that animals will not be held for anybody and adoptions are approved at the discretion of the Animal Control Officers.

o All animals are adopted based on an Animal Control Officers experience and discretion in the best interest of the animal and adopter. In the case of multiple applications, for the same animal, the animal will be adopted out at the Animal Control Officers discretion. Every effort is made by the Animal Control Officers to match animals to proper homes and filing an application does in no way guarantee that the prospective adopter will be approved for such animal.

o Payment for adoptions must be made by exact cash change only. The facility does not have change.

Adoption Fees

Dogs $40.00

This entitles the adopter to two free vaccines, fecal testing, heartworm/lyme disease testing, a microchip, martingale collar and leash for dog. In addition, prior to adoption,  the new owner must provide a receipt for a dog obedience class lasting a minimum of 6 weeks.

Cats $25.00

This entitles the adopter to two free vaccines, fecal testing, feline leuk/aids disease, a microchip and safety collar. Additional donations are appreciated to help us continue to provide medical care and enrichment to the cats at the facility.

Puppies (under 1 year) $85.00*/**

Kittens (under 1 year) $70.00*

*This entitles the adopter to two free vaccines, a microchip, martingale collar and leash for dog, collar for a cat and a discount off the spay/neuter. All kittens/puppies will be dropped off at the veterinarian prior to going home with the new owner. They will receive an exam, initial vaccines, disease testing and spay/neuter if the veterinarian feels the animal is age/size appropriate. The veterinarian will call you when the kitten/puppy is ready to be picked up. This could take up to seven days or more. The new owner will be responsible for the balance of the veterinarian invoice. Typically, the balance has been $100.00-200.00.

** In addition, prior to adoption the new owner must provide a receipt for a new puppy training class lasting a minimum of 6 weeks.

Other Animals – Ask Animal Control Officer

Animals Available for Adoption

Additional Links


Animal Adoption

Animal Laws


Dog License

Domestic & Feral Cat Resources


Low Cost Veterinarian Care


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