Adoption Process
Animals Under Protection; A No-Kill Animal Shelter in Boca Raton, Florida – (561) 482-8110

Adoption Process



Are you ready to adopt a sweet, happy animal to love furrrever?

ABOVE: Martina, shepherd mix puppy, and in her forever home today.

When you adopt a pet from Tri-County Animal Rescue, you have the opportunity to provide a wonderful animal with a safe shelter and a loving environment. Whether you have questions about pet ownership or need help choosing the right companion, our pet adoption counselors are here to assist you. If you are ready to adopt a pet, please review our adoption process below or come and meet one of our adoption counselors. You can save a life—adopt a pet from the Tri-County Animal Rescue today! Now, go look for your new pet!

Left to Right: Crash, 3 y/o terrier mix; Wink, 1 y/o DSH missing an eye; Manny, 2-month-old terrier mix; Aimee, 2 y/o husky mix.


The basic requirements for adoption from Tri-County Animal Rescue are as follows:

  • If you lease or rent, you must have permission from your landlord or the primary resident where you live prior to adoption. Proof such as a lease or documentation will need to be shown.
  • If you currently have a dog at home and are adopting a dog, Tri-County Animal Rescue requires you bring in your dog for an official “meet and greet.”
  • If you currently have a dog or cat at home, you must provide proof that he or she is current on vaccinations and sterilized.
  • Tri-County Animal Rescue does not authorize adoptions to be “gifts.” The person who will be considered the owner of the pet must be present and go through the adoption process.
  • You will be asked to complete a preliminary questionnaire prior to adoption.
  • You must be at least 21 years of age.
  • If you are at least 21 years of age but still live with your parents, the home-owners would need to fill out the application.

If you would like to expedite the process, you may print out the pre-adoption questionnaire at home and then bring it in to the shelter. To view the pre-adoption questionnaire, please click here.

NOTE: Tri-County Animal Rescue reserves the right to refuse adoption to anyone for any reason. We do not hold animals, nor does the submission of the Pre-Adoption application entitle you to any particular animal.

Please do not try to adopt in a hurry. Weekends are busy and you may have to wait more than an hour (especially in the afternoons) so please be patient. We can not wait to help you find your forever pet. Thank you for wanting to adopt.


Spay/Neuter, Rabies vaccination and License (can only administer licenses for residents of palm beach county), initial vaccinations, microchip identification, first deworming, treatment for parasites/fleas, heart worm check, feline leukemia and FIV test (cats), and adoption welcome kit.

*Attention first-time dog owners!

If you are serious about adoption and want to know more about what to expect, please read this helpful article posted by Petmeds!

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