So you’ve decided to adopt a rescue dog.  Great!  But first, did you consider the following?  Dogs require a lot of time, patience, care, and consistency.  How much time are you able to commit to?  CLICK HERE to cruise through some questions to ask yourself to be sure you’ve arrived at the best decision.  We know its a big decision and a life-changing event.  We are committed to helping you complete this process along with your assistance.

The 5 Steps


Filling out the adoption application can take a few minutes… CLICK HERE to see some of what we ask so you’re prepared once you decide to complete the form.ding.

Please understand that sometimes confirmed dogs change due to medical reasons, fosters unable to attend last minute or a host of other reasons. We are a 100% volunteer-run organization and although we do our very best, everything doesn’t always go exactly as planned. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Did we tell you these events are awesome? Well, they are, and you will meet a lot of great dogs here. Its so easy to fall in love and think, “this is it!”. Take your time, meet a wide range. Old, young, outgoing, reserved, cute, … cute-challenged. Talk with the fosters, get to know that dogs’ personality and requirements.

Then decide, is this the right dog for me based on my list?  Keep in mind your level of experience with dogs.

Although we do our very best to assess the age, breed, temperament and energy level of each dog based on their time with us, it is not always accurate.  Please take the time necessary to really get to know your potential new dogs’ needs & personality before adopting to properly assess if they are a good fit for you and your family.

They will help you determine if this indeed, is the right dog for you.  Ask your Adoption Coach if they believe that this dog is a possible fit for you.  We always match dogs with humans based on what is right for the dog, and not on a first-come basis.  Be sure you consider the needs of the dog first, and ask yourself – is this the right dog for me based on my lifestyle? Am I prepared & experienced enough for the dog I am considering?  If all is a go then it is time to complete your Adoption Agreement and review the details about your new pup!

Now, the nitty-gritty.  Take the time to sit with your adoption coach and review the requirements in the Adoption Agreement in detail.  Please realize what it takes to adopt a rescued dog – remember you are new to them and our goal is to begin the bond before you take them home. Use this opportunity to ask as many questions as you need to in order to introduce this dog to you & your home properly. 

Next, we will ask you to commit to the written agreement:

PROVIDE THE CARE YOUR DOG NEEDS TO LIFE A HAPPY LIFE

PROVIDE REGULAR VET VISITS & VACCINATIONS

AGREEING THAT YOUR DOG WILL NEITHER LIVE NOR SLEEP OUTDOORS

AGREE TO NEVER GIVE AWAY YOUR NEW DOG WITHOUT OUR INVOLVEMENT

At this time you will also submit your adoption donation along with a refundable training deposit.  Your donation is considered tax deductible as well!  You will be given instructions on how you will receive their records and paperwork, along with important information to review at home.  Take this moment to ask as many questions as necessary so that you may give your dog the best life possible with you & your family.  Remember, they don’t know who you are and their life depends on how you proceed! 

And then…

With your new pup & leash in hand, we want to be sure to document this important moment in your & your new pups’ life.

Congratulations, you are now a proud new pup-parent – and we sincerely thank you for providing a home for a rescued dog! 

It’s such a joyful moment!  It is also bittersweet for our fosters & volunteers who have worked tirelessly to rescue these dogs and get them adopted to the right home. Please take a moment to thank your foster/volunteer for providing a loving home for your pup to start fresh in.

We love getting updates on our dogs – please keep us posted by tagging us on Instagram and Facebook.

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Your adoption of our dogs is truly life for them.  Please take good care of them!

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