How It Works

AAL serves as a matchmaker to find the right fit between families and dogs. To get started, take a look at our adoptable dogs and make a list of dogs you like. Maybe one dog catches your eye, or maybe you like several. Next, complete our application. You can email us your application at .

If you are interested in adopting a dog, please also check out our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more. And we have a Resources section with great tools and tips.

Transportation, Costs, and Logistics

AAL places the majority of our dogs in the Northeast. We have an established relationship with a wonderful transport company, that safely and comfortably transports dogs by a dog truck. Once you have filed for adoption, we will arrange the transportation process with you.

The adoption fee for an AAL dog is $375.00. This fee goes toward the cost of care, including spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, screening and treating for any infections or parasites, updated health certification, and micro-chipping. Note that this does not include the transport fee, which is arranged separately with the transport company. When you pick up your dog, you will receive a current health certificate, a rabies tag, all veterinary records, and micro-chip information. You can pay your adoption fee via our secure PayPal account here.

You can download adoption forms here. Please note that there is a $10.00 application fee. This fee is non-refundable, but if you adopt a dog, it will be credited toward the adoption fee. Please email your completed application to .

A Word About Matchmaking

You may feel taken aback by the idea that you won't get to "pick out" a dog in person. But adopters warm up to this idea for a few reasons: