Thank you for choosing to adopt a pet from Helping Hands Pet Rescue. In order for us to begin the process, we ask that you fill out a Cat or Dog Adoption Application, which can be found on this website. Once we receive the application, we will look over it. It may take a few days to review as we verify information, so please be patient. We will contact you to let you know if your application is approved or not.

Sometimes we will get multiple applications for one animal. In this case the applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis. The first APPROVED applicant will be able to adopt first. If for some reason that adoption falls through, the next in line will be able to adopt. We encourage everyone interested in an animal to fill out an application, even if you are not “first”.

Once approved, we will send you the pickup day and time. Sometimes we are waiting for the spay/neuter surgery, or other procedures to be completed, so the animal is not available right away. Plan to pick up your new pet at the PetSmart on Archer Rd in Gainesville, FL on a Saturday between the hours of 11 AM – 12 PM. This is when we complete the adoptions. At this time, you will sit down for a short interview with an adoption counselor. We will review the animals history and review the application with you. You will receive a copy of the contract and medical records at this time. You will also be required to pay the adoption fee at this time. We unfortunately can only accept cash, so please come prepared. We ask that you have a leash and collar if adopting a dog/puppy, and a crate/carrier if adopting a cat/kitten. This is a PetSmart policy that must be met to leave the store!

We hope this answers any questions you may have about the adoption process. If you have any further questions, please email us at

To adopt an animal we ask that you:
Be at least 21 years of age
Show proof of landlord approval
Fill out an adoption application
Complete an interview with an adoption counselor

We reserve the right to deny your application.

The adoption fee covers the following:

  • Vaccines up to the date of adoption
  • Microchip
  • Veterinary examination
  • Deworming
  • Occult heartworm test (dogs over 6 months of age)
  • Feline Leukemia/FIV Test (cats)
  • Heartworm Prevention/Flea control up to the date of adoption
  • Spay or neuter
  • Any additional medication needed throughout the program


Starting at just $150 for adult dogs and $175 for puppies, adoption fees vary depending on the medical needs of each animal, and may range as high as $300 to cover costs of treatments and/or surgeries. Cats and kittens start at $60 and $100, respectively. Occasionally our “long-term residents” are featured by reduced or sponsored adoption fees.


Helping Hands Rescue is an all-volunteer organization whose members all have full-time jobs. It may take some time to get back to everyone concerning adoption applications and questions. Please be assured we are doing our best and working as fast as we can. If we do not return your email within 24 hours, please email us again. Thank you!


Please email us at We will arrange a time to meet to get the pet as soon as possible. We will expect you to provide copies of all medical records as well as a short description of the pet’s personality and habits so that we will be able to place him/her in an appropriate new home. This includes letting us know if the animal is housebroken, good with other cats/dogs, children, has any current or previous medical conditions, etc.


There is a week trial period for all adoptions. During this week, an animal can be returned and a refund issued. Refund amounts vary based on the animal’s adoption fee, but generally the refund will be $10 less than the amount paid at the time of adoption. The week trial period includes the day of adoption. For example, if you adopted a pet on a Saturday, you will need to let us know by the following Friday if you are going to return it. We will not issue a refund if you adopt a pet on Saturday and wait to contact us until the following Saturday. We will, however, always try to take the animal back into our program if you are no longer able to properly care for him/her.