Thank you for choosing to adopt!

Our Adoption Philosophy:

At Father John’s Animal House we encourage a strong animal-human bond, seek to match our animals with adopters that will be committed to providing for their new companion for the duration of their lifetime, and understand that each animal will have specific physical, emotional, and behavioral needs. 

Pet ownership is a serious responsibility that should not be taken lightly.

Please take a minute to familiarize yourself with the below information:

1.) We prioritize adopters who have made appointments with us, however we accept walk-ins if time allows. Please know that we do not process same-day adoptions. The best way to ensure our team will be able to work with you the day you come in, is to fill out our adoption questionnaire and secure an appointment by responding to the email you will receive after filling out the questionnaire or by calling us at (973) 300-5909. 

2.) We make no guarantee a specific animal will still be available for adoption at the time of your appointment. Further, we do not do same-day adoptions. Rather we ask that our adopters leave with information and materials to best set their home and family up for a successful adoption experience. Please know that our mission is to send otherwise homeless animals into new homes. We will reluctantly prevent this from happening to accommodate an adopter. We recommend emailing us the morning of your appointment to ensure the animal you're interested in is still available, if you were interested in one particular animal.

3.) Click HERE for a downloadable version of our adoption contract. THIS IS NOT THE QUESTIONNAIRE - PLEASE FILL THAT OUT BELOW. We recommend familiarizing yourself with this contract prior to choosing to adopt through our organization, as this is the document you will sign at the time of adoption.

4.) We carefully screen our adoptive families so that the right animal will be matched to the right family. To make the transition easier, an introduction will be set up on the neutral territory of the shelter for any existing family dogs to meet the potential adoptee.

5.) Please use the information here to best prepare you, your family, and your home for your newly adopted companion: "Rule of 3" Adjustment Time, How to Transition a New Cat/Dog into your Home, Poisonous Plants to be Aware of, How Kids Should Interact with Dogs and How Kids Should NOT Interact with Dogs.

Thank you for your interest in adopting from Father Johns Animal House! We look forward to working with you. Below outlines the next steps in the process to adopt your new family member.

What type of animal do you want to adopt? *

How did you find out about us? *

Looking for a pet for youself or someone else? *

Please specify any preferences you may have for the following:

Have you ever adopted from us before? *

Have you had any pets in the last 12 months? *

Are you financially prepared to pay for routine vet care and emergencey medical care? *

Have you ever surrendered an animal to us? *

Do you own or rent your home? *

Please select your current residence type. *

How long have you lived at this address?

Do children regularly visit your home? *

Does anyone in your household have allergies to dogs/cats? *

Where will the animal sleep? *

Check all that apply: I want the pet for:

If your newly adopted pet begins to display troubling behavior (i.e. chewing/scratching furniture, having accidents in the house/outside litter box, barking, being destructive) what would you do?

For what reason(s) would you consider returning/giving up the animal?

You understand that:

  • By signing below I acknowledge, agree, and represent that I am aware of and assume the many risks associated with being around animals, including but not limited to the risks of being bitten, scratched, jumped upon, knocked over, chased, tripped, infected with a disease or parasite, or otherwise injured or frightened, as well as the risks of damage to personal property.
  • I have read the foregoing and certify that the answers I have given are complete, true and not misleading in any way.
  • I understand that submitting this form does not guarantee that this animal will be available to adopt.
  • You are also aware that we cannot guarantee the health and temperament of the animal.


By submitting this application, you are aware of the following conditions:

  • Adoptions ARE NOT done on a first come – first serve basis
  • We have the right to refuse any adoptions

By submitting this form, you specify that you understand the above mentioned conditions.

In addition, you authorize us to contact any persons listed on this form and to visit your home should we decide to do so.