How to Adopt

The adoption process begins with an application form and concludes after the successful completion of a two week trial period designed to ensure a smooth transition for the animal and the new adopter.


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Adoption Requirements

  • Adoption Fee

    Our dog adoption fee is $225 and the cat adoption fee is one for $80 or two for $100. These fees include spay/neuter, microchip and vaccinations. If you are an out of state adopter we cannot guarantee covering all medical expenses.

  • Dog Foster Requirement

    Potential adopters for dogs are required to foster for at least one night prior to adoption. Once your application is reviewed and approved we move forward with the adoption! After adoption you enter a two-week trial period and if anything were to go wrong we would refund your money and welcome the dog back. Any animal in our program is welcome back at any time but your money will only be refunded during this two-week period. 

  • Adoption Fee Refunds

    If during the trial period you find that the animal is not a suitable match the adoption fee will be refunded.

  • No longer able to provide care for your pet?

    Any animal adopted from the AAC is always welcomed back if for any reason you can no longer care for him or her at any point in their life.

  • Age Requirement

    Adopters must be at least 24 years old to adopt a cat or dog. If you are under the age of 24 you may be approved on a case by case basis if you have a co-signer that is older than 24 and can accept responsibility if something happens.

  • Rentals

    Adopters who rent their home must have landlord approval in order to adopt. The AAC team will need verbal confirmation from said landlord.

  • Out of the Area Adopters

    We welcome out of area adopters, however we require prospective adopters to visit our facility and spend at least one night with the animal.

Questions? Call 307-739-1881 or email


Our goal is to ensure that your new four-legged friend arrives fully equipped with all the skills necessary to make a successful adjustment to their new home and family life.

The Animal Adoption Center and Mountain Modern Motel have teamed up to offer lodging to out of town adopters who want to come to Jackson and stay overnight with the dog they are fostering to adopt! Book your pet-friendly room at Mountain Modern Motel and 10% of your room rate will be donated back to the Animal Adoption Center. We look forward to having you in Jackson and introducing you to your new dog! 

Frequently Asked Questions

The first step to adopting is to fill out an application! This allows you to put your name in line for animals of interest and helps the Animal Adoption Center team find you your perfect animal.

The Animal Adoption Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and closed admission rescue. All of the animals in our program come from overcrowded and kill shelters regionally and nationally. We do not accept strays or owner surrenders (unless the animal was adopted through us) to prioritize animals that are in the biggest need.

We cannot guarantee any training of the dogs and puppies that are apart of our program because we likely have little to no history of their backgrounds. We ask all fosters and potential adopters to have grace and understanding. The Animal Adoption Center team will set you up with resources and supplies to set you and the dog or puppy up for success.

All of the cats permanently reside in Kitty City until they find their forever homes. Cats are not fostered because they do not adjust well to constant change and new environments. Until they find their adoptive people they reside in their free-roaming living spaces and are spoiled by loving volunteers and staff. We occasionally have foster opportunities for medical cases or kittens. If you are interested in adopting a cat fill out an application and we will set up a meet and greet. If the meet and greet goes well we move forward with the adoption and the adopter will enter a two-week trial period. If the cat turns out not to be the cat you fell in love with we will always take the cat back into our program. Your money will be refunded within the two-week trial period.

The dogs in the Animal Adoption Center program go home with volunteers fosters or potential adopters every night. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer foster fill out the application! This not only gives the homeless dogs patiently awaiting their forever homes a sense of normalcy but it also provides great information for the Animal Adoption Center staff to understand what its’ perfect home looks like! We require fostering prior to adopting!

Our adoption fee for dogs/puppies is $225 and cats is $80 (or two for $100)! This fee covers the spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations up to date (cannot guarantee for out of state adopters), a free month of pet insurance and a training session with a certified dog trainer for dogs under 6 months or ones needing some extra help.

We do not want to overlook a great home just because they live out of state! However, we do not adopt animals sight unseen, provide transportation or hold animals. We do require fostering prior to adoption which requires the potential adopter to travel to the greater Jackson area. This is put in place to ensure that it is a good fit for everyone involved. If adopting out of state the Animal Adoption Center will not cover any pending vaccinations and the adopter will be responsible for completing.

Since adopting an animal is a big decision and is upwards of a 10-20year commitment we have an adoption age of 24. If you are under 24 and ready to bring an animal into your life we require a cosigner above the age of 24 that will agree to take responsibility of the animal if anything were to happen and circumstances were to change.

The AAC has many reasons why it is a unique rescue. First, all of the animals that have come from overcrowded or kill shelters have no time limit in our program. Second, all of the dogs in our program get to lead a normal life in foster care while they wait for their potential adopter. We understand that adopting a dog is a big decision and that is why we require fostering prior to adopting to ensure it is a good fit. Third, thanks to our generous supporters we are able to say “yes” to animals that would otherwise be deemed unadopted due to medical conditions. Lastly, all of the animals adopted through our program are always welcome back if needed. This ensures that they will never find themselves in a bind again.