Adoption Policies and Procedures


Please fill out your application completely as we need to know as much about you as possible before we consider allowing you to adopt one of the adoptable pets in our program. The information you provide will help us determine the best possible match for you, as well as for the dog. If you do not fill out the application in FULL, or are not 100% truthful, your application will be discarded without further notice. If a question does not apply to you, fill in the blank with “Not Applicable” or “N/A”.

  • Applicants must be at least 24 years old or older.
  • All dogs belong IN the home for interaction as a family member. Do not apply to adopt one of our dogs if it will not live in your home with you as a family member, or other dogs that you currently have are being kept outside.
  • We do not tolerate chaining a dog outside.
  • Please read our Adoption Contract carefully and make sure you understand what it says before you adopt one of our available fur babies.
  • Most of our volunteers and foster families work full time, have families and have pets of their own, so please be patient. We will get back to you as soon as possible!
  • We require that all animals in the prospective adoptive family be spayed or neutered, up-to-date on rabies and distemper/parvo vaccines, and heartworm tested and on prevention. We feel that “responsible” pet owners fit in this category.
  • We prefer homes with fenced yards. While this is not necessarily a strict requirement, we firmly take it into consideration when processing applications. If you meet all of our other criteria, but don’t have a fenced yard, we will process your application to see if we may still have a match for your family. You must have a plan in place for exercise/potty needs of the adopted dog.
  • We do not reserve dogs. Even if you seem like the perfect match for a particular dog, we will not hold a dog in a foster home to wait for you to get approved. It is not fair to the dog should another equally good match be approved and want to adopt. Similarly, we will not hold on to a dog for any length of time after you are approved. This is not fair to the dog, to the foster home, or to another needy dog waiting to come into rescue.
  • We recommend that you get approved before you see a dog you want so that when the right match comes along, you will be ready.
  • Keep in mind: Rescue dogs need and deserve your patience, whether it be house training, getting along with the other pets or just settling in. Be prepared as they will need time to adjust to your home and family.



If you are going on vacation or moving, please email your adoption application AFTER YOU RETURN or when settled into your new home.  We are not able to house dogs until you return that takes up space for another life that could be saved.  Average process time for an adoption application is roughly 1 to 5 days.  If you are approved, we will contact you by telephone or email to discuss a meeting time and day.

Your adoption donation helps defray the cost of:

  • Spay & Neuter
  • Vaccinations (including rabies)
  • Microchip
  • Visits and Exams at a Licensed Veterinarian
  • X-ray’s (if needed)
  • Medications (including antibiotics, worming medicine, Frontline and other medications required depending on specific needs)
  • Shelter/Boarding
  • Food
  • Professional grooming (if needed)
  • And Saving New Lives!

Listed below are approximate costs of basic care for dogs. Expenses can vary widely, depending on where you live and specifics associated with each individual pet (such as the size). The cost of the actual dog is not factored in here, and varies from free to hundreds of dollars for a purebred dog.


Puppies – Costs For The First Year

  • Veterinary Care/Laboratory Tests – $100 to $200
  • Immunizations – $50 to $100
  • Internal/External Parasite Treatment and Control – $100 to $150
  • Spay/Neuter – $40 to $200. The cost often depends on the dog’s size and age.
  • Food – $150 to $250
  • Miscellaneous (collars, leads, obedience training) – $200 to $225

Total Cost For The First Year: $640 to $1,125


Dogs – Representative Annual Costs

  • Veterinary Care/Laboratory – $50 to $125
  • Immunizations – $40 to $75
  • Internal/External Parasite Preventatives – $100 to $150
  • Food – $150 to $300
  • Miscellaneous – $100 to $125

Total Average Annual Costs: $440 to $775


Your adoption donation also helps to feed, house and provide veterinary care for the dogs still waiting to be adopted, and is NON-REFUNDABLE.
You are not buying a dog.  You’re making a donation.


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