Friends of Pets

P.O. Box 240981, Anchorage, AK 99524-0981
Info Center (907) 562-2535 -
Friends of Pets is a 501(c)(3) organization, staffed
entirely by volunteers and supported by donations.
Tax ID #94-3095459

Pets seeking homes

Ready to open your heart and your home? Friends of Pets partners with Anchorage Animal Care & Control and other agencies to rescue pets for placement into loving, lifetime adoptive homes. Please be sure to read the Adoption FAQ below before completing your online adoption application. You can also visit our sanctuary dogs and cats, and provide financial support for their care.



Diamond Animal Hospital & Emergency Services
2545 E. Tudor Rd.
24 Hours
(907) 562-8384

Pet Emergency Treatment
2320 E. Dowling Rd.
24 Hours
(907) 274-5636

ASPCA Poison Control
24 Hours
(888) 426-4435


  Meet our cats Meet our dogs Meet our sanctuary pets

Portraits by David Jensen Photography


Adoption - Frequently Asked Questions


How do I apply to adopt from Friends of Pets?

The fastest method is to complete our online adoption application, which usually takes 15-30 minutes to complete. If you prefer, you can download a hard copy of our adoption application, complete it and send it in by regular mail. Or call our Information center and leave a message, and within 48 hours a volunteer will return your call within 48 hours to take your application over the phone.

How much does adoption cost?

New fees - effective January 1, 2014:
Cats - $100 / Dogs - $200
The adoption fee for cats is $100. The adoption fee for dogs is $200. This fee covers only our cost to rescue an animal from Anchorage Animal Care & Control (we pay the same as anyone else does). All pets are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and are microchipped for permanent identification. FOP pets have also received any needed medical treatment, with those costs (usually $200 - $500 minimum) paid by the generosity of our donors. 

How will I know the status of my application?

  • When you apply online, you will see a confirmation page that your application has been received. We ask that you not also call or email only to confirm this.
  • Please be patient in awaiting a response, and allow at least 7 days for your application to be reviewed. The rescue and adoption process is handled entirely by volunteers with jobs, families and pets of their own. A popular pet may get dozens of applications. We do much of our volunteer placement work in the evenings and on weekends.
  • Where possible, we make extensive use of email since it allows volunteers to respond to you at late hours. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FILTERS OR JUNK MAIL FOLDERS!

What if I need to change information on my application?

  • If you have new information to add to your application, or a change in your contact info, we would appreciate a follow-up call or email. We cannot reach you without complete and correct information.
  • If you see another pet that interests you and your application info is still current, you don't need to complete another one - just call or email us to let us know.

How can I tell the status of the pet I'm interested in?

Each pet's status is labeled next to its photo. If the pet you are interested in shows as in trial adoption or already adopted, you will know that another family has been selected as a first choice for that pet.

If my application is a good match, what happens next?

  • If the pet is still available, we may contact you to meet the pet. After a successful meeting, we may discuss a home visit and potential trial adoption placement.
  • We may ask you to consider another pet instead, either because we have several good homes for the original pet, or because we believe another pet is better suited to your family.
  • You may be a successful applicant, but decide that the pet is not right for you. Withdrawing your application on this basis, or returning the pet during the trial adoption period, does not impact your ability to adopt at a later time. We appreciate your thoughtful consideration.

If my application is not a good match, what will happen?

  • If your application does not match specific criteria for the pet (such as the need for a fenced yard, the need for no other pets in the home, or other needs) that are in the pet's adoption listing, we will not contact you for placement on this pet. We will keep your application in mind for other possible matches.
  • We may decide more applications before placing a pet for adoption. Some pets' special needs require that we look further for the right match.
  • We may decline your application. This will be due to your pet history or your current circumstances for keeping a pet. While saying 'no' is difficult, sometimes it is in everyone's best interest. You may wish to reapply if your circumstances change.

Can I adopt a pet as a surprise for a friend or family member?

No - we work directly with adopters to choose the right lifetime match. For gift-giving fun, we suggest a "shower gift" of pet supplies, toys, collar and leash, with an offer to pay for a FOP rescue or shelter adoption!


Adopting from Anchorage Animal Care & Control:


Consider adopting from the Anchorage Animal Care & Control Center, or the animal shelter in your area. Shelter adoption saves lives, and we believe these pets are truly grateful for your kindness. No matter where you adopt, Friends of Pets can offer you behavior information to help your new pet's adjustment into your family. To Anchorage residents, we also offer assistance toward the cost of spay/neuter.


Anchorage Animal Care & Control Center
4711 Elmore Road, Anchorage
Monday thru Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday / Sunday 10am - 6pm
(907) 343-8118
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♥ Happy endings! ♥

Kevin and Crystal with Kiska!