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Adoption Process - Virtual Adoptions

Looking for a furry friend during this trying time? Good news — ARF is now offering a no-contact virtual adoption process!

Thank you for considering adoption, and saving a life! ARF understands the importance of choosing the right pet for your family, and provides a friendly, responsive, customer-oriented adoption service. 

We know this is an extraordinary situation, and appreciate your understanding with our new adoption process, which has been put into place for your safety and the safety of our staff. If you see an animal you're interested in on our website, email our team at [email protected], include the name of the animal you're interested in in the subject line, include a phone number you can be reached at. Once your email is received, you will be added to our virtual queue. Be ready to answer the call from ARF to keep your place in the queue.

Due to the high volume of email inquiries, it is not be possible to respond back to all inquiries when an animal has been adopted. However, adoption updates can be found on twitter at @ARFadoptions. We are accepting one (1) animal inquiry per email. If you express interest in more than one (1) animal per email, the first animal listed will determine your place in line. Our new adoption hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 pm, and Sunday, noon to 4 pm. Then we'll start the process of getting you a new furry family member!

To maintain recommended social distance, all interaction will be done using email and phone calls, up until the moment you take your pet home. What are you waiting for? If you have space in your heart and home, there has never been a better time to adopt!

ARF's team is excited to guide you in choosing a pet, share information about their history and behavior while at ARF, and provide resources. This process can take time - please allow for up to one hour. 


Adopters must be 18 or older with valid ID.


ARF adopts to the first good match and does not place animals on hold. Those interested in a specific pet should email [email protected] with their phone number and be available to be contacted by phone.

ARF will adopt a dog or cat to a family living outside the San Francisco Bay Area if the adopter can pick up the animal in person at ARF. ARF encourages those who cannot travel to ARF to contact a nearby shelter or rescue to adopt a local pet who needs a home.

All of ARF's adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, current of vaccinations, microchipped, de-wormed, and applied flea preventative. All dogs over six months are heartworm tested and started on heartworm preventative. All cats are tested for FeLV, and all cats over six months are tested for FIV.

For the safety of the animal, adopted cats must be in carriers and dogs must be on leash when they leave ARF



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