Adoption Process

*We have a 40 mile adoption radius to facilitate pre-approval and post adoption home visits. Adopters beyond our 40 mile radius may be considered for special needs dogs on a case by case basis and this will be noted on the dog's bio page.



If you think one of our dogs could be a good fit, come for a visit!

To facilitate social distancing, we are utilizing an appointment system on the weekends. Appointments are available from 9 AM – 12 PM. Please call 757-865-0511 to schedule an appointment. No appointment is necessary during the week.

When you arrive, we will ask you to sign the dog walking waiver and the dog you would like to meet will be retrieved from his/her run. Enjoy a walk in our open field or sit for a spell on one of the many benches throughout our facility. There are also play parks for some off leash fun!


If all goes well and you decide to pursue adoption, you will be given instructions on how you may submit your application. Please be advised that all household members, including any dogs, will also need to meet with the dog you wish to adopt.

The adoption process can take up to 14 days or longer.

Please note: AAS is committed to finding the best fit for each of our dogs. For this reason, we will accept multiple applications for a dog. In the case of multiple applications, we will select the applicant that is the best fit based on the needs of the dog.

Adoption fee for puppy/adult dogs is $280.00.
Adoption fee for senior dogs is $140.00.

Dogs qualify as a senior based on their stature/weight and age. The scale below shows the age at which a dog attains “senior” designation:

0-20 lbs: 11 years
21-50: 10 years
51-90: 8 years
91+: 7 years


For information on how to submit an application, please visit the shelter. We are open 9 am-12 pm, 365 days a year.