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Adoption 101

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Adoption Process

If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs, please fill out the application on this website. It's linked on the home page by clicking on the large paw print "Adoption Application".  Please fill it out completely. Soon after we receive your complete application one of our volunteers will contact your references (including vet reference).  After the references are checked, we will schedule a home visit with you. Once approved, we'll schedule a time for you to meet the dogs.  We do not have a kennel or a central location, rather the dogs are fostered in individual homes of our volunteers.

If it seems like a rigorous application/approval process, try to keep in mind that these are rescued dogs. Most of them came to our rescue because they were  neglected and discarded by past owners. Our rescue has made significant investment of time, money, and love to help these beloved dogs get back to health and trust. We want to know they are getting the home they deserve. We also want to be sure adopters are getting a dog that will fit in their home.

The adoption fee does not cover the cost of the medical expenses so we depend on donations and fundraising.

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Adopting​

Caring for a companion animal goes far beyond providing food, water and shelter. It takes research and careful planning to bring the right pet into your home, and to make sure your lifestyle is the right one for your pet. Answering the following questions will get you started.

1. Why do you want to adopt a pet?​

Are you looking for the loyal and steady companionship that an animal can offer? Are you hoping to fill the empty place left... Read More...

Top 10 Tips for Adopting the Perfect Family Pet

Adopting a pet should be fun and joyful, so we’ve created a list of handy tips to help you make good choices, and properly prepare your home for its newest member. Bring on the unconditional love, people!

1. Before you adopt a pet, talk to family members about what they want.

Discuss everyone’s likes and dislikes. Large dogs may be too strong or active for young children, for example, while some... Read More...

Kids and Pets Interaction Guide

A guide to ages and species.


Primary Issues: Introduction to current pets
Recommend: N/A...

Preparing Your Home for Your New Pet

Adopting a pet from a shelter can transform your house into a cozy home. But without careful preparation, your new furry friend can turn the old homestead into a mess. The following household and training tips will get you on your way to having it all—furry love and a tidy home.

Get Off to a Great Start

Put a cozy bed for your pet in every room. Pets are much more likely to keep off of furniture if they have attractive... Read More...

Top 10 Things To Do Before You Bring Your New Dog Home

Your first job as a new pet parent is to prep your home and your family for the furry bundle of joy who’s about to come barreling into your life. After all, you do want to get this relationship off on the right paw! Here are 10 tips to help you prepare.

1. Stock Up On Supplies​

Your new pal won’t need much—the Burberry overcoat and crystal tiara are optional—but essentials include food and... Read More...​

Top 10 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog​

1. What You See Is What You Get​

Older dogs are open books—from the start, you’ll know important things like their full-grown size, personality and grooming requirements. All this information makes it easier to pick the right dog and forge that instant love connection that will last... Read More...

Pet Care Costs


How much is that doggie (or kitty, rabbit, rat, goldfish or guinea pig…) in the shelter window? In addition to the initial cost of adoption, there’s a whole litany of expenses that the average pet owner will incur within a year. To make it easier for you to plan for your new arrival, we’ve prepared a financial breakdown of the annual costs of caring for a variety of species... Read More...​

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