Our Shelter takes in thousands of stray and surrendered animals every year. Every year we also adopt out hundreds of dogs and cats into loving homes.  If you are looking for a new pet then this is the place to start!

Adoption Process

Everyone must fill out an adoption application. Please read it carefully. If you rent or lease, please speak with your landlord before adopting and work out any requirements they set forth. We may have to call and verify your ability to have pets where you live.

We reserve the right to refuse adoption to anyone if we feel potential adopter can’t meet the specific animal’s needs (examples include, but not limited to: Great Pyrenees in an apartment, a Chihuahua being in a house with young children knowing the dog is shy).

When visiting the shelter, please allow yourself plenty of time to meet the animals, complete the paperwork, and to ask questions. It can take 30-45 minutes to complete the process, longer if it is really busy, which happens often.

Adoption Prices

Below you can find the general adoption costs. We will alter (spay or neuter) all animals before they leave the shelter unless they are too young for surgery. If they are too small or sick to be altered at the time of the adoption they will be required to be fostered until they are ready.

Other Animals If Available


  • Rabbits
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Ferrets
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Early Bird Hold

The Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter Early Bird hold is a non-refundable $35 donation that gives you first right of adoption if a stray animal is not reclaimed.  If you put an Early Bird Hold on a stray animal, you must complete the adoption process an hour before close on the day the animal becomes available for adoption or your hold will be forfeit.  If an animal is reclaimed, the $35 donation will NOT be refunded nor will you be allowed to move that early bird hold to another animal.  It does not go towards your adoption fee.  An Early Bird Hold cannot be used in conjunction with a regular hold at the expiry time.

The shelter reserves the right to decide whether an animal will be eligible for an Early Bird Hold or adoption.  No single person is entitled to any animal in our facility.  While we have an open and nonjudgmental adoption process, animal welfare and public safety will always be primary concerns in determining if animals are eligible for an Early Bird Hold or adoption.  We reserve the right to remove any animal from an Early Bird Hold if it is determined that animal poses a threat to safety.  That cannot always be determined upon intake.  If this happens, we will refund the $35 donation.

Other Adoption Information

All animals that come into the shelter are given basic vaccinations. This is to help prevent the spread of disease in the shelter. Before the animal is adopted out it will also be microchipped using a microchip from found animals foundation. The only animals we do not microchip are animals that fall in the other category (rabbit, guinea pigs, and etc…). if you are interested in adopting you can click one of the button links above to view our animals available.