Adopting a Pet
Appointments are encouraged for potential adoptions. Appointments will be given priority over walk-in customers.
Please visit our Adoptable Animals page, identify an animal you'd like to meet and then schedule an appointment by calling Customer Service at 343-8122. After scheduling your appointment, complete the adoption application before arriving at the shelter. Do not complete an application unless you have scheduled an appointment. Please bring only 1 - 2 family members for the appointment and wear a cloth face covering.
Animals and COVID-19:
For information regarding animals and COVID-19:
Centers for Disease Control
World Small Animal Veterinary Association
American Veterinary Medical Association
See our Adoptable Pets here (updates hourly).
When you adopt a pet from Anchorage Animal Care and Control you are making a lifelong friend as well as giving an animal a new start on life.
We have a variety of animals for adoption, including:
How do these pets come to us?
- Stray animals who are not claimed by their family.
- Animals surrendered to us by their family.
What can we tell you about our adoptable animals:
- If the animal was surrendered by its family, we obtain as much information as possible about their behavior.
- If the animals was a stray we rely on information from our volunteers and staff as they interact with the animal on a daily basis.
- All adoptable animals have passed a behavioral evaluation.
- We do not have a full-time veterinary staff or an in-house clinic so animals are not seen by a veterinarian prior to adoption. If a possible health concern is noticed by staff, it is brought to the attention of the AACC Director.
If you adopt from us:
- All dogs and cats must be spayed or neutered by the new owner if they are leave our facility unaltered. Terms of this condition will be explained by Customer Service at the time of adoption.
- Dogs and cats will have received appropriate vaccinations.
- Cats and dogs will receive a microchip and dogs will receive a Municipality of Anchorage dog license.
- You will receive a coupon for a free health exam at participating veterinary clinics.
Before you adopt:
Making the decision to bring a pet into your family is a serious commitment. Please consider the decision carefully. To help you out, please see the below articles:
Hill's Food, Shelter & Love Program
The Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center participates in the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love Program. You can learn about the Hill's Food, Shelter & Love Program here: