Adoption Process

Thank you for enquiring about adopting a pet from us. On seeking to adopt a Pet, you should have considered what type of Pet you are looking for. Size, breed, looks, etc. We would suggest that you pay us a visit at 59 Alice Street, Regents Park, Johannesburg to view the animals in our care first.

Alternatively, go to our gallery and view the stray animals in out care to give you an idea of some of the animals that need Good Homes.

We have many different dogs and cats, available, mostly crossbreeds but there are also a few thoroughbreds too. We will tell you as much information about the animal/s that you are interested in, if they are available and suitable for you. We then may do a property inspection to check that the property is secure for them, has enough space and suitable shelter. We pass the property according to the size of the animal required (small, medium, large, fighting breed, etc), not a specific dog and we also work strictly on a “first come-first served” basis. We will not book dogs in advance.

This means that you can change your mind and the property inspection remains valid for between 3 to 12 months as long as the property remains unchanged. Once the property has passed, and depending if the animal is available, you would return to adopt an animal/s, do the paperwork, pay for the animal and purchase any food or pet products if required. In certain cases, we also advise that, if it is best, we first do an introduction between our animals and yours. Our adoption fee covers one vaccination, a Rabies vaccination if the animal is over 4 months of age. Sterilisation is also included and may be done at adoption or the puppy and kitten returned to the AACL at 6 months of age (certain conditions apply) for this procedure. We also include 3 weeks of free veterinary treatment should it get sick, an identity disc and (1) one year free membership to the League.

The Johannesburg adoption rates are as follows:

Costs involved

Cats/Kittens R780 (Includes Identipet microchip and identity disc)
Dogs/Puppies R1210 (Includes Identipet microchip and identity disc)

If an additional vaccination is required at adoption R35 (Dogs) R35 (Cats)
If an additional Rabies vaccination is required at adoption R15
Property inspection around Johannesburg (non-refundable) R80 (0-40km)
Property inspection away from JHB (e.g. Pretoria) R100 (41+km up to 80km)
Property inspection away from JHB more than 80km to be quoted


Please complete the applicable property inspection form below, once completed email through to along with the following documents:

  • Copy of ID
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof that pets are allowed (either a letter from Body Corporate and/or letter from the Landlord should you rent).

By providing AACL-JHB with this information you hereby give consent to the AACL-JHB to process the personal information for purposes related to its services in accordance with the provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act.

Please note: that Rates vary from Branch to Branch at their sole discretion and are subject to change without notice. Please feel free to visit or contact us directly on the telephone numbers given in each Branch Website Page. Thank you for your support.


  • Never give an animal as a gift – be it a birthday or Xmas present;
  • Never give a child a puppy as a present – the puppy becomes a big dog and the child grows older and with it the novelty of a puppy ceases to exist;
  • Avoid buying a Pet from a Pet-Shop;
  • Remember that many animals bred will eventually become unwanted and/or abandoned animals.


  • A Pet is a LIFE’s commitment, and not just a passing phase.
  • Be a responsible pet owner and teach others to be the same.

To see our Adoption Agreement and our Terms and Conditions…please click on the links below.

What you should know

Be open-minded

Policies vary from shelter to shelter. Some are privately run and limit the number of animals they accept, while others are publicly funded and charged with taking in all the homeless creatures. Wealthier organisations may offer more services and enrichment activities for their animals; other agencies may have enough resources to provide only basic care. But nearly all shelters have the same goal – to find loving homes for their animals.

Be prepared

You’ll probably fill out forms and talk to an adoption counsellor. If you rent, staff may ask if you have landlord permission, since “moving” and “landlord won’t accept pets” are commonly listed as reasons for giving up animals. “It’s not a judgement process”, says Kim Intino, director of the HSUS’s shelter services program. “It’s more of a counselling process”.

Forgive the sounds and smells

An animal shelter is rarely an oasis of serenity. Barking dogs can be as loud as a classroom of teenagers, particularly in older facilities. “It has to do with the way the kennelling system is set up”, says Intino. “But a louder kennel versus a quieter one doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong”. Although cleaning is usually a high priority, it’s an unending task. Overpowering odours may be cause for concern, but the simple smell of dogs and cats is normal.

Understand that staff may be stressed

Though many shelters emphasise customer service in their staff trainings, you may catch staff on a bad day. If you don’t get the treatment your’e expecting, try to be patient and remember that it’s not the animals fault. Nothing would make most shelter workers happier than sending a dog or cat to a forever home.

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