The Adoption Process

Every adoption requires an approved application and at least one visit to our shelter in Norwalk, CT, to meet with an adoption counselor.


Finding the right pet for your home and the right home for every pet is a challenging goal but one we are happy to accept! The steps below will help you keep track of everything that needs to be completed in order to take home your new cat or dog. All adopters must be in a reasonable driving distance to our shelter in Norwalk, CT.


  1. First, fill out an Adoption Application  for your desired pet. Please give us 24-48 hours to process the application. We will contact you within a couple days with any questions. You may visit us to fill out the application in person, but it is recommend to do it at home since it may take a while.

  2. You can walk in any afternoon. Weekdays are best, but we will accommodate your scheduling needs. The interview process and meeting potential pets is also time-consuming; please be prepared to spend about an hour at the shelter.

  3. If you have other pets, please bring a copy of your Vet records so that we may verify that they are spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations. This is necessary prior to adopting a pet from PAWS, and there can be delays if records aren't available and we need to try to contact your Vet. Most Vets are not available on weekends which slows down the approval process.

  4. Be prepared to take your new friend home. This includes food, bedding, toys, a leash, a litterbox, cat carrier, or anything necessary for the best care of the animal. Also, begin to make decisions on choosing a vet in your area who has knowledge of your animal type or breed. Look on our Resources page for our recommendations and a checklist of items you should provide for your pet.

  5. Meet the pets! This may take some time, so be sure to allow yourself enough time to get to know all of the animals and finish the adoption process. There is a furry friend out that for everyone, sometimes you have to meet more than one to find the perfect fit for your family.

  6. Bring home your new family member! Thank you for adopting a shelter animal and giving them the warm, loving family they've always wanted.


Feel free to contact us with any questions you have!


PAWS has been helping animals in need since 1962. Our dedicated staff and volunteers provide shelter, medical attention, and love to the dogs and cats in our care. We work hard to find the right pet for your home and the right home for every pet. Challenge accepted! We rescued and placed for more than 900 cats and dogs last year!

504 Main Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851  |  203-750-9572  |  Send Email