Adoption: How it works

Due to an abundance of caution, adoptions are currently by appointment only. Please submit your application on the individual pet’s page. After we receive your application (please give us a little time to get back to you), we will reach out and schedule an appointment for you to meet the animal at one of our sites. If the animal you were interested in has already been adopted, we will do our best to help you find another dog or cat that fits your lifestyle and preferences.

***If an animal you are interested in is currently in foster (it will say this on the website), you will need to submit an application so that we can schedule a Zoom interview with the foster parent.  We will be unable to schedule those interviews on the spot so please submit an online application and wait to hear back from us.


Please note that you must be 18 years or older to adopt.

What to Bring

  • Photo ID with current address AND a copy of your utility bill with your current address.
  • Proof in Writing that Pets Are Welcome in the Building. This can be in the form of a lease, a letter from the landlord, or an email from the landlord.
  • If you own your home, please bring the first page of your mortgage, your home owners insurance policy or a copy of your deed.
  • Adopting a dog? Adopters must bring a leash, collar and harness.
  • Adopting a cat? Adopters must bring a sturdy, non-cardboard pet carrier. (Bedding optional but helpful)


Bideawee spends an average of $1500 caring for each animal during their stay with us. To help offset these expenses, there is a processing fee for each adoption. In NYC, there is an additional license registration fee required for those who adopt a dog.


  • Puppies under 6 months – $360
  • Small breed adult dogs less than 20 pounds – $260
  • All other adult dogs – $185


  • Kittens less than 6 months – $160
  • Adult cats – $135
  • Senior cats greater than 7 years – $60.

Adoption Consultation

Once the Bideawee Matchmaker has gathered all the necessary information, he/she will take you through all the steps in the adoption process. Bideawee Matchmakers use the information that you provide about your habits and lifestyle to match you with an adoptable animals that aligns with your personality and preferences. Due to the familiarity that all Bideawee Matchmakers have with our animals, we can work with potential adopters to make a perfect match that will last a lifetime.

In addition, if you currently have a dog(s), please bring your dog(s) into the adoption center, where s/he can get acquainted with a Bideawee dog in a private room.


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