Humane Society of the Palm Beaches

How To Adopt A Pet

Thank you for your interest in adopting a shelter pet! Shelter pets make the best pets. We update our adoptable pet pages every hour . You can read about the pet’s personality and needs by clicking on the photos next to their listing.

We receive pets every day and we may have the perfect pet for you. We encourage you to visit the shelter in person during adoption hours rather than calling or emailing.

Our goal is to help you find the perfect pet based on your personality, lifestyle and what you are looking for in a pet. Our team members and volunteers work with the pets everyday so that we may give you detailed information about the pets personalities. It may take you several trips to the shelter to find the perfect pet. If you are looking for a particular pet and you don't see one on the website please visit with an Adoption Coordinator.

How Does The Adoption Process Work?

When you arrive at our shelter, we suggest you visit our Dog & Cat Adoption Rooms. Once you see a pet you might be interested in adopting, remember that pet's name and come to the main lobby in the Grace Pavilion. We can help you find the pet that best fits your lifestyle.

Once you meet with an Adoption Coordinator, they will bring the pet to meet you and to see if it's a match. You can then spend time with the pet and learn much more about bringing the pet into your home. Feel free to ask for recommendations. Don’t forget, we work with our pets every day and may know the perfect one for you.

Weekends are very busy. Please be patient, we want to make sure we find the perfect pet for you.

We recommend you bring your children to visit with the pets you are interested in. We may also schedule a dog visit to bring your family dog if you are looking for an additional dog. Please set up an appointment with an Adoption Coordinator for the dog meet. We do not recommend cat-dog visits or cat-cat visits. All dogs who visit our shelter must be on a leash and be up to date on all vaccinations.

Adoption is a lifetime commitment including the training, emotional commitment and future medical care. Our most successful adoptions are to visitors who take their time in finding an appropriate companion. Every day, new pets are received at the League and made available for adoption, so if you don’t find an ideal companion pet immediately, keep visiting.

Please remember once you adopt we are here to support you. If you have questions, concerns or need assistance you can call our behavior help line at 472-8815 or email us.

Senior to Senior Adoptions: Your Adoption is FREE!

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League encourages senior citizens (age 65 and older) to participate in our Senior to Senior program, where we match you with a senior pet (five years or older). Research shows that having a pet helps people lead healthier lives, and the benefits are many: companionship, lowered blood pressure, stress relief, sense of purpose and responsibility, the list goes on.

We think pets are so important to keep our seniors healthy and happy, we’ll pick up the tab! Please visit us to meet your match. 

Pets for Patriots: Bring Loyalty Home

We are proud to be a part of the Pets for Patriots program. In an effort to improve the well-being of service personnel through companion pet adoption, this unique program offers special discounts and a one-time monetary gift to enrolled United States veterans who adopt a qualifying animal. This program not only gives us a chance to salute our veterans, but also helps us find loving homes for our hard-to-place animals.

Individuals are welcome from all United States armed forces and at any stage of their careers. Those interested in the program must first apply through Pets for Patriots and provide proof of current military service or honorable discharge. Joining Pets for Patriots is entirely free to veterans. Qualifying pets must be over two years of age, over 40 pounds, or be considered special needs.

To enroll in the Pets for Patriots program, or for more information please visit

You've got adoption questions, we've got adoption answers. Call us at 561.686.6656!

Make a donation for the animals in our care

We are a private nonprofit organization. We spend an average of $400 on every animal adopted, over and above the fee paid by the patron. If you would like to help us, you can make a secure online donation or print out a donation form and mail or fax it to us.

The Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League respects the privacy of its donors. We do not sell or exchange any individual donor information or email addresses. For details on our privacy policy, click here.

To read more about the Palm Beach County requirements for keeping a pet in our community, please click here for the ordinance.

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3100/3200 N. Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33409