Open: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12-3pm. Thursday 5-7pm; Closed Mon & Wed.

How to Adopt/Foster & Requirements

Matching the right pet with the right family is at the heart of every adoption. We believe Every Animal Should Enjoy Life so we are delighted you have decided to open your heart and have decided to adopt. Below we outline how to adopt a shelter pet. We take adoptions very seriously and make every attempt to place each pet into a home willing to make a lifetime commitment. Our staff is ready to help you find the pet of your dreams and answer any questions you may have. Most every pet adopted will be spayed / neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated.

Finding Your New Pet

  • Search our Available Cats and Available Dogs Online
  • Visit EASEL Animal Rescue League’s Adoption Center located at 4 Jake Garzio Drive, Ewing, NJ (just off I-295 near the Trenton-Mercer Airport)
  • Attend Adoption Day Events held nearly every Saturday and Sunday at a different partner location: Concord Pet Foods & Supplies (Princeton), Dogs & Cats Rule (Princeton), Petco (Lawrenceville), Petsmart (Princeton), Rosedale Mills (Pennington)
  • Make an appointment with an EASEL counselor at 609-883-0540

Steps to Adoption

  1. Find a Pet to Adopt
  2. Adoption Application
  3. Meet-and-Greet
  4. Complete the Application Process * phone interview and home visit may be required
  5. Take Your New Family Member Home
  6. Read accompanying documentation to make the transition as successful as possible.

Adoption Application

Get started today! The sooner you submit your complete application, the sooner your new love can return home with you. We encourage you to submit an online application for a dog or a cat even if you have not yet found the pet you wish to adopt.

Foster Application

Just submit your complete application, and soon your can foster. We encourage you to submit an online application for a dog or a cat even if you have not yet found the pet you wish to foster. Select foster on the application.


Visit the EASEL Adoption Center to meet an Adoption Representative who is knowledgeable about each animals ‘ personality, behaviors, training experiences (for dogs), and needs. We’ll answer your questions and provide advice on integrating your new family member into your household.

You will greet and interact with your potential shelter pet. It’s an opportunity for the entire family to get to know your new furry friend on a personal level.

Approval Process

After confirmation that open items have been addressed, requirements met, your questions answered, and forms signed, the application will be finalized. You will receive a phone call or email with your approval status.

Adoption Donation Fee0s

Puppies under 6 months $400
Small Breed Adult Dogs $300
Adult Dogs $250
Kittens $150 $250 for 2
Cats     $125-$200
Senior Cat $75

Bring Home Your New Family Member

The time has come! We congratulate you for choosing adoption and celebrate your pet’s transition from a shelter animal to a family member!


Adoption/Foster Requirements

  • Adopters/Fosters must be age 18 or older.
  • College students living in dormitories cannot adopt.
  • Landlords must approve pet ownership and maximum number of pets.
  • Matches are based on the animal’s needs, behaviors, temperament, physical environment, breed, interactions with family members and/or other pets, household and dynamics, and any other extenuating circumstances.
  • All family members are encouraged to be present and participate in the adoption process. All adults must be aware of the potential adoption.
  • Adoption for another person (not present during the adoption) is strongly discouraged unless it is a pet for a child within the household.
  • You must have a working telephone number or cell phone in their household.
  • You must provide a work number or alternate contact telephone number.
  • Adherence to all laws and ordinances are required.
  • Current household dogs must meet and become acquainted with the potential new dog prior to adoption/foster approval.
  • We strongly recommend appropriate facilities to contain pets (e.g. evidence of fenced yards, etc.).
  • Veterinarian checkups are required for all animals on a regular basis. If adopters already own a pet(s), proof of evidence of “regular” vet checkups and that they have been spayed/neutered is required.
  • Veterinarian visit is required for each adopted animals within 14 business days of adoption.
Curious adult pit bull dog wants a family to adopt. EASEL Animal Rescue League & Pet Adoption Center shows how to adopt.
Adoption Center Hours at EASEL Animal Rescue League Shelter