Adoption Applications


When you adopt through OAARS it is our goal to fit the perfect animal for your family.
Have kids? Have dogs? Have cats? No problem!


Step 1

Fill out an adoption application for your favorite animal by clicking below:

Dog Adoption Application
Cat Adoption Application

Note: these forms are fillable; click link, download, open to fill.


Step 2

After completing on your application please e-mail it to:

Dogs -

Cats - 

Once your application is received, it will be forwarded to the OAARS board for approval. We ask that you wait 24 - 48 hours for a response email. If your application is approved, our adoption coordinator will contact and inform you that you have been approved for a meet & greet. A time and date will be set up for a meet & greet. Meet and greets are extremely important as they allow you and the animal to be introduced, get to know and learn about each other.  All members of the adopting family are required to attend the meet and greet.


Step 3

After the meet and greet, there is a 24 hour hold period for you to make a decision.  If all goes well, a time will be coordinated for the start of the animals adoption with you.


Step 4

When the animal is officially placed in your home, an adoption contract (see below) must be filled out and the adoption fee must be paid.  Our adoption coordinator will check in with you periodically during the first two weeks to see how the adoption is going.  After the adoption transfer, our adoption coordinator will contact the new family and arrange a time for transfer of ownership at the Kadena VTF (if applicable).

**Please remember it will take more than 24 hours for an animal to get adjusted. When entering a new environment an animal is curious, excited and is trying to understand YOUR routine.


Dog Adoption Contract
Cat Adoption Contract


Adoption fees:


< 1 Year: $200

1 - 6 Years: $150

7+ Years: $125


< 1 Year: $125

1+ Years: $100

Bonded Pair: $150

Additional Information

  • OAARS does not discriminate against any race, gender, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, employment status, number of children, families without children, pregnancy, etc. 

  •  Due to the Marine Corps Bases Japan Order for registering and controlling domestic animals, MCBJO 10570.1, Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and canine wolf hybrids are prohibited aboard Marine Corps Bases Japan.  With this order, OAARS cannot adopt out any of these breeds to families who live on Marine Corps Bases.

  • All adoptions are final and adopters are expected to care for the animals permanently per a signed adoption contract. If extenuating circumstances arise and the adopter is no longer able to care for the pet, we will always take the animal back. Adopters may be subject to the intake fee.

  • You cannot sell our animals, whether it be online or in person, and are required to contact OAARS if you can no longer care for your animal.

  • OAARS does not allow declawing of cats after adoptions.

  • OAARS is not responsible for keeping medical records of animals once they have been adopted. Copies of all records can be acquired from the Kadena VTF and all off-base vet clinics without an appointment. 

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