Adoption Process


For the holiday weekend our shelter will be closed on Saturday, May 28th. We will reopen on Wednesday, June 1st, 1-7pm.


Faithful Friends is committed to finding the perfect match for you! Whether you are looking for a jogging partner, a cuddle buddy, or a playmate - our adoption process was created to find a companion that complements your lifestyle. When searching for a pet, consider what your lifestyle, activity level, and home environment is like and look for an animal that is suitable for you!

Details about our adoption requirements:

Adoption applicants must be at least 21 years old. Yes, we do adopt to out of state residents. 

Regular Adoption Fees

Large Dogs: $99
Small Dogs (6 years or older): $99
Small Dogs (under 6 years): $199
Puppies (6 months or younger): $350-$450

Adult Cats: $45
Kittens: $75

Adoption fee includes spay or neuter surgery, routine vaccines, microchip, de-wormer, and current heartworm prevention and flea/tick control.

Monthly adoption promotions or special sale weekends offer additional discounts, so check with us to see if we are offering any special discounts! If you are interested in bringing home a dog AND a cat, your adoption fee for the cat will be waived!


May Special

15 Featured Pets Promotion: Waived fees on 15 featured pets during May (10 cats and 5 dogs)

Featured Cats: Albie, BootsCamilla, Charlie, DianaHaloHowie, Newt, Petal & Rick

Featured Dogs: Harvey, Perry, Rene, Sly & Storm 


Barn Buddies

Let's face it, not all cats are cut out for "life in the living room" but they deserve to be happy and comfortable too!
Barn Buddies matches cats with non-traditional, lifetime, loving placements including by not limited to barns, warehouse businesses and more!
Download a flyer about this program!

Pets for Patriots Special
Adoption fee waived on select pets for all U.S. military personnel and veterans.
Must register with and receive approval #.
Find your new best friend at Faithful Friends!
Pets included in this special: 
   -Cats or dogs 2 years of age or older

   -Dogs 40lbs+ (regardlesclude: Cats - s of age)

   -Special Needs pets (regardless of age)

Me & My Shadow Special
Adopt a cat or kitten and the adoption fee for a black cat buddy is waived.

Sibling Special
Adopt a cat or kitten and the adoption fee for their sibling is waived.

Golden Years Special
Adoption fee for adult cats are waived for adopters over 60 years of age.

All adoption fees may be discounted for senior and special needs

Begin your search

Visit our shelter during our public adoption hours, which are Wednesday through Friday from 1pm to 7pm and Saturday from 12pm to 5pm. Visit us and see all the wonderful pets we have waiting for you! An adoption counselor will guide you in finding a good match for your home. Don’t forget to ask about the dogs and cats we currently have in foster homes that are also available for adoption. 

Fill out an application

Download our Adoption Application!

Applications may be delievered in person when you visit or faxed to us at (302) 427-2855. Applications may also be emailed.

Email dog adoption applications to:

Email cat adoption applications to:

Faithful Friends reviews the application

It takes up to 3 shelter business days to process the adoption application. We will get in touch with your references and hold a phone interview with you to discuss your potential pet. During the interview, we will talk about the demands of being a pet owner and what unique needs your specific dog or cat will require. At that point, if your application is approved, you will make an appointment for the adoption and bring your new pet home!

We want to be sure that each of our pets are succeeding in their new home! A follow up phone call will come about one month after your adoption to make sure your new pet has adjusted to its new family.

Thanks to our partnerships with local Petco, Concord Pet and Pet Valu locations you can visit some of our cats needing homes at these offsite adoption centers: Petco locations in Christiana and on Kirkwood Highway, Concord Pet stores in Fox Run, Frazer, Hockessin, Middletown, Newark, Smyrna, Thornbury and West Chester and Pet Valu locations in Hockessin and Newark. 

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