Adopting From SAVE
Be a Friend . . . Adopt a SAVE Pet
THE SHELTER IS OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY FOR APPROVED ADOPTERS to allow the dedicated time for our staff to facilitate the optimal pet-matchmaking experience.
As a result of the recent pandemic forcing us to operate the shelter by appointment only, we learned that it works! We have received positive feedback from our adopters. We can ensure an even better outcome for both the pet and the adopter by closing the shelter to walk-in visitors and operating by appointment only.
Adopt and save not one life, but two. The pet you take home and the pet who takes their place. Every day, new pets come into the shelter in search of new families to love. Our website is updated frequently, and we do our best to make sure it is as accurate as possible.
STEP ONE, Complete our online adoption application. An application must be completed and approved prior to visiting with our animals. Heads of the household and ALL other adults and children living in the household must meet the pet as part of the adoption process.
If you are interested in adopting a dog and you have other dogs in the household, a meet and greet will need to be scheduled as part of the adoption process. This will be scheduled only after an approved application is on file. Dog introductions are conducted first to see if the dogs will even get along. This may occur in a two-step process. First, the dog meets and greet introduction is conducted. Second, if all goes well with the dogs, then all family members come to meet the dog. If schedules permit, It is also possible for all members of the household and the family dog(s) to meet the dog all at the same time.
Adopting a new family member is a process. SAVE adoption policies are based on industry best practices and in alignment with the outcomes desired by our board, staff, and volunteers. Our staff are happy to assist you in finding the perfect match for you, your family, and your lifestyle. Pets are family and a lifetime commitment.
When you take your furry friend home, be prepared for a period of adjustment. Just like humans, animals need time to become familiar and comfortable in their new surroundings. It can take an adopted pet 3 days, 3 weeks, or even 3 months (or more) to adjust to their new home environment. You will be rewarded for your patience, training, and kindness with the love and loyalty from your new pet.
- Adults: $250
- Puppies: $500
- Adoption fees for dogs include Spay/Neuter, flea and tick prevention, Heartworm-Lyme testing, Distemper, Bordetella, and Rabies vaccines, fecal analysis, de-worming plus Microchipping.
- Adults: $125
- Kittens: $175
- Adoption fees for cats include Spay/Neuter, De-Worming, Leukemia and FIV testing (adult cats), Distemper, and Rabies Vaccines, plus Microchipping.
Our list of adoptable dogs and cats is powered by Petfinder.com. The list uses a technology that may not work with all browsers. If you are not seeing a list of adoptable animals followed by photos, then your browser is not compatible. You may view our animals online at Petfinder.com.
Pet Adoption Events in the Community
The SAVE van is often on the road with adoptable cats and dogs on the weekend throughout the community .
In addition to special events on our calendar, we often visit the pet stores listed below:
- Petco at Mercer Mall, Route 1, Lawrenceville, NJ
- Pet Valu, Route 206, Hillsborough, NJ
- PetSmart-Hamilton Marketplace, Route 130, Hamilton, NJ
- Concord Pets, Princeton Shopping Ctr, Princeton, NJ
- Rosedale Mills, Route 31, Pennington, NJ
- Dogs & Cats Rule, Denow Rd, Pennington, NJ
Call SAVE to confirm location(s) – 609-309-5214
Seniors For Seniors
Connecting senior citizens with our mature animals who need love and a new home
SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals offers a "Seniors for Seniors" program. Through this program, SAVE will waive adoption fees for senior citizens (65 years and older) who are willing to welcome one of our mature (8 years and older) cats or dogs into their heart and home.
"What a wonderful addition Angie has been. We are blessed to have her and love her immensely. Thank you all for the wonderful work you do, and please let others know that a senior pet is worth adopting!" --Nancy Stillman
The program was developed to help find new homes for the many mature cats and dogs at our shelter that are often overlooked by potential adopters. Puppies and kittens are certainly cute, but an older dog or cat has a lot to offer a new owner too. These cats and dogs are usually already trained and housebroken and can be more calm and easier to handle. The personality and size of the animal is fully developed, so what you see is what you get. And, of course, these dogs and cats who have known true hardship, will be eternally grateful to their new owner for giving them a second chance.
Seniors benefit from SAVE's "Seniors for Seniors" program also. Studies have actually proven that pet companionship can improve senior citizens’ health and outlook on life. By offering companionship and love to a lonely individual, pets can actually help to lower a person's blood pressure and stress level and reduce the number or duration of illnesses. Pets allow the senior to feel happier, safer, and more needed.
For more information, please call the shelter directly at 609-309-5214., or stop by and visit our mature furry friends.
CLICK HERE for more information about the benefits of pet ownership for seniors.
After you have found a cat or dog you would like to adopt, the next step is filling out and submitting the application.
If you have any questions about the process, please call the shelter at 609-309-5214.