ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE: Starting Feb 8, Park Blvd. will be closed at the intersection of Henderson Rd for an improvement project. Riverdale Animal Shelter can be accessed via E. 120th Pkwy and Park Blvd. Click here to learn more.

Adoption Process

We advocate for animals and their families.

We want each pet in our care and the families who adopt them to succeed. How? By listening to the unique needs and expectations of each family wishing to adopt, and then finding the best pet match. We teach families about the unique animal they adopt, including discussing its breed, personality, expected behavior based on factors like age; and how to best care for them. We believe the more a family knows about their new pet, the higher chance for a long, happy life together.

How to Make Our Adoptable Pets a Part of Your Family:

You can see which pets are available for adoption at any time by clicking here or by visiting our shelter during regular business hours to meet them in person. 

  • After wandering our kennels, if you see a pet you’re interested in meeting, please see our Customer Care team in the lobby to schedule an in-person visit with the pet.
  • While all our pets are very special, some are lucky to have multiple people interested in making them a part of their family. In this instance, we will help find them the perfect family on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • We encourage dog-to-dog meet and greets; and for some of our dogs, this will be a requirement to ensure a smooth transition to their new home. You may bring your dog(s) from home to meet our adoptables, but please leave them in the car until the actual meet and greet between the pets. If it’s a hot day, please ensure you have someone with you who can stay in the car to keep your pet cool or hold them securely on a leash in our lobby.
  • Meet and greets between cats and dogs can be very stressful, and so we do not provide these. Instead, our Customer Care team can provide recommendations for introducing dogs to cats at home.
  • If the visit goes well, and you’d like to make the pet a part of your family, please be prepared to take your new pet with you that day. Please note some pets may need to stay at the shelter until spay/neuter surgery is complete before leaving to their adoptive home.  


  • Adoption visitations must be completed 30 minutes prior to closing at 6 p.m. Mon. – Fri. and 5 p.m. Sat. – Sun.
  • We can place up to a 2-hour hold on a pet for families who have already begun the adoption process and need additional time to make their final decision, or to make preparations to bring their pet home. Holds can only be placed in person.
  • Per Tri-County Health Department’s Public Health Order, masks are required for patrons and employees inside our shelter regardless of vaccination status. This mask mandate will be in effect until Jan. 2, 2022, unless extended.

With each dog/cat adoption, you receive:


  • New Pet Adoption packet
  • Age appropriate vaccinations
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Microchip identification
  • Rabies vaccination tag
  • Temporary leash or carrier
  • Free visit with a participating veterinary office within 14 days of adoption

View Adoption Fees