Giving Tuesday (11/28) is coming up!

Benefitting the Wilbur Memorial Fund for animals with extraordinary medical needs. 


Animals Deserving of Proper Treatment

Animals Deserving of Proper Treatment (A.D.O.P.T.) is a private, “no-kill”, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has found homes for more than 20,000 pets.  We provide a temporary, loving home for dogs and cats that no longer have a family of their own.  The animals in our shelter have ended up here for a variety of reasons ranging from abandonment, to rescue from an abusive situation, to owner surrender because they no longer are able to take care of them.  Our animals are loving, family pets who are desperately awaiting for their forever home.

A.D.O.P.T. was founded in 1989 by a group of dedicated volunteers determined to find homes for animals in need.  Over the years, our objective has remained the same:  to place animals into permanent, caring homes and advance the humane treatment of animals through education.



A.D.O.P.T.’s mission shall be to improve the quality of life of animals and to place them into loving and permanent homes through rescue, extraordinary and compassionate care and humane education.


A.D.O.P.T. envisions a community where every pet has a permanent and loving home, every companion animal is spayed or neutered, and all pets are treated with respect and compassion.

A.D.O.P.T. Values


A.D.O.P.T. accepts animals that are adoptable and/or treatable. Intake consideration is based on space and inventory mix. A.D.O.P.T. accepts animals primarily from the local community with additional support to rescue efforts outside our local area when deemed appropriate.

Customer Care

A.D.O.P.T. is committed to treating each and every client in a respectful and professional manner in order to ensure that they have a positive experience, making every effort to exceed their expectations.


A.D.O.P.T. will make every reasonable effort to accept adoptable or treatable animals back into our program.

Fiscal Responsiblity

A.D.O.P.T. is committed to managing our financial resources responsibly and diligently by utilizing sound business practices.


A.D.O.P.T. will make a sincere effort to match each animal with a suitable, loving and permanent home.

Quality of Life

A.D.O.P.T. is a “no-kill” shelter. A.D.O.P.T. will provide a level of care that is consistent with what is found in a loving home environment. Exceptions may be made for animals irreparably suffering due to injury or illness or animals with extreme behavior issues.  A.D.O.P.T. is also committed to assisting special needs animals through its Wilbur Fund, for medical needs, and Rusty Fund, for behavioral needs.


A.D.O.P.T. is committed to keeping current on animal welfare practices and educating the community on responsible pet ownership and animal welfare issues.