Adoption Process

Due to the large volume of applications we receive, please understand that we cannot always respond to all applicants. The following is a description of a typical adoption procedure. Please not that this is subject to change depending on the individual needs of each dog and the circumstances of each adopter.

  • Dogs that are new to our rescue are not listed immediately for adoption. This is because we take time to let the dog decompress and learn about him or her. Once we know more about the dog and can pass that information on to you, we will open the dog to applications for adoption. If you see a dog on our social media who does not have an application available yet, be patient! The dog will be listed soon. 

  • Applications are typically held open for two weeks. No preference is given to early applicants and we will not approve any adoption until the initial application period is over. We may hold applications open for longer if we have few applicants for a dog. Once an applications period is closed, we cannot accept additional applications for that dog. 

  • After we review applications, we will contact well-qualified adopters to ask follow-up questions and any clarifying information. Please note that we may contact several potential adopters at this stage.

  • The rescue does contact vet references.  

  • Prior to adoption, we will will request a home check. These must be in-person and not virtual unless the adopter is out of state or there are extenuating circumstances. 

  • A meet-and-greet is required for all adoptions prior to finalizing the adoption. Any pets that you own must be present for this meet and greet to ensure that everyone gets along. 

  • Please do not plan to make our dogs a "surprise." All family members of all ages must be aware that a dog is being brought into the home. 

  • Yes, we do accept out-of-state applicants. 

  • Please know that even though we can't always respond to everyone, we are continuously amazed at how many people are willing to open their homes to dogs in need. We sincerely hope that you all find the dog that is perfect for your family. Best wishes.