Your generosity ensures that Camden County Animal Shelter is able to continue to save the lives of thousands of animals every year.

Adoption Policy & Paperwork

The Camden County Animal Shelter provides adoption services for cats and dogs. By adopting a homeless pet, you save a life and receive a lifetime of love in return.

Adopting any pet is a serious commitment - over 15 years' worth in many cases - that requires careful consideration. Please read What to Consider Before Adopting a Pet to be sure that you are able to make the necessary commitments of time, responsibility, money, and love for the life of your companion animal.

Our shelter prides itself on successful adoptions. As such, our policy is designed to help and protect both you as a potential parent and our animals. Please recognize that being the first person to apply for an animal does not guarantee that you will be approved to adopt that animal. We do not work on a first-come, first-served basis, but rather try at all times to find the best match possible between the animal and the adopting home.

To be considered for adoption, you must:
  • Provide a valid driver's license or state ID, and be over the age of 18.
  • Show proof of your current address; supply written/verbal permission from your landlord if applicable.
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide a stable home, a safe environment, necessary veterinary care and nutrition, basic training, identification and companionship for the animal.
  • Complete the shelter application form.

All cats and dogs will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving the shelter with their new family.

Prior to the adoption of your pet, you must schedule your pet's first wellness visit with a veterinarian for within 7 days of adoption. A follow-up check will be made to confirm the appointment was scheduled and attended. It is strongly recommended that at this veterinary visit, your new pet be tested and/or treated for parasites and Lyme's disease.

How Do I Apply?
Complete the appropriate application below. Be sure to include the name and case number (if applicable) of the pet you're interested in. Please complete all questions on the application. Incomplete applications will result in a delayed processing time.

Please also download the CCAS Adoption Contract Info Form, which outlines the CCAS Adoption Contract and your commitment to this animal at the time of adoption.

Adoption Process
  1. Preview adoptable pets via our website
  2. Ask questions via phone (856.401.1300) or e-mail
  3. Visit adoptable pets in person at the shelter or at one of our Petsmart Adoption Centers; trained staff or volunteers are available to assist you
  4. Fill out a pre-adoption application
  5. If you already have any dogs or children, you must bring them to the shelter for compatibility testing with the animal you wish to adopt
  6. You will be contacted within two business days regarding the status of your application
  7. Information on caring for your new pets and introducing them to your existing pets can be found on our resources page
Adoption Fees
At the Camden County Animal Shelter, we place adoptions first. Our goal is to pair every single animal that enters our doors with a caring and loving family that will provide them with as much love as we do. If you're interested in taking home a furry companion, you can find the fees here.
  • Rabies vaccine
  • DA2PP and Bordetella vaccines for dogs
  • FVRCP vaccine and FIV/FeLV test for cats
  • Spay/Neuter Surgery
  • Deworming
  • Flea/Tick Preventative
  • Microchip

Accepted Forms of Payment
  • Cash
  • Mastercard
  • Visa