Animal Adoption Policy and Form

Adoption of Laboratory Animals

General Policy

  1. The Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR) supports the adoption of laboratory animals that are no longer needed for their approved protocols, which have a disposition to thrive as a companion animal, and do not suffer from any long term medical conditions as determined by the Attending Veterinarian or designee.
  2. The DLAR is committed to following all current regulations and legislation pertaining to the release of live laboratory animals for use as pets and companions, and ensuring animals are not intended for use as food for humans or other animals.
  3. Advertisements for laboratory animals available for adoption must be approved by the Attending Veterinarian or designee and may not contain any animal ID numbers, DLAR personnel names or phone numbers.

Qualifications for Adoption

  1. All species deemed appropriate as a companion animal, as determined by the Attending Veterinarian or designee, may be adopted, with the following exceptions:
    • Transgenic animals, or those that have at any time undergone genome editing, or animals that have been exposed to transgenic or untreatable pathogens.
    • Animals that have a spontaneous or experimentally-induced debilitating condition or behavioral issue, as determined by the Attending Veterinarian or designee.
    • Animals considered by adopter’s state of residence to be invasive, endangered or illegal, including those that lack appropriate vaccination, applicable health status, or those that are reproductively intact. 
  2. Principle Investigators must obtain IACUC approval via protocol or amendment before releasing eligible animals for adoption.
    • Investigators will be required to maintain financial responsibility for animals until they are released from the facility for adoption.
    • Animals requiring ovariectomy/ovariohysterectomy/orchiectomy (spay/neuter) prior to adoption may not be released from the facility until the Attending Veterinarian or designee deems them fully recovered from surgery. Surgeon time and supplies for sterilization of adoptable animals is provided free of charge by DLAR Veterinary Services.
  3. Potential Adopters 
    • Potential adopters should fill out an Adoption Application and submit it to DLAR Veterinary Services ( DLAR reserves the right to refuse adoption to anyone for any reason. 
    • Animals which have multiple potential adopters will be adopted out on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    • Following application review, approved adopters will be contacted with more information and provided an Adoption Form which must be signed prior to taking possession of any animal. 

Release of the Animal for Adoption

  1. Animals that leave DLAR facilities may not be allowed to return, under any circumstances, out of concern for disease transmission to the remaining animals. Once an animal leaves the facility, adopters assume full financial and legal responsibility for that animal.
  2. DLAR Veterinary Services reserves the right to provide only that information that may be necessary to the health and well-being of an animal.
  3. Microchips may be placed by DLAR Veterinary Services, but must be purchased, registered, and provided by the potential adopter. 
  4. Adopters must arrange their own transportation for animals, though DLAR Veterinary Services can provide legal documentation (health certificates) for crossing state lines when necessary.

Adoption of Rodents by Employees or Students of Stony Brook University

  1. Employees and Students of Stony Brook University that have adopted rodents or have pet rodents of their own, risk bringing rodent pathogens into the DLAR facility. Employees and students may not interact with their rodents prior to coming to the DLAR facility each day. Employees and students must maintain proper hygiene and respect that the pathogen status of rodents outside the facility is unknown, even if adopted from DLAR, and therefore are a risk to animals within DLAR.



Updated 1/1/2020 RB