Adoption Process

The first step in our adoption process is the completion of the Adoption Application form to be considered to adopt.  We review all of our pending applications to make the best possible match between the dog's needs and the prospective adopter's preferences. We focus on the welfare of the dog, as the needs of the dog are our primary concern. 

Once an application is approved, the approval process involves a combination of phone interviews, a veterinarian check, reference check and at times a home visit. For applicants outside our local area, part of the approval process is to obtain emailed photos of an applicant's home, yard, family and other pets. 

We offer a 3-week trial period to ensure that both the family and the dog are happy with the results of the adoption. We feel that this is especially important when there are other canine or feline members of the family. Within that time, we will refund the full adoption fee if the dog is returned. We want to be sure that our dogs will have their perfect forever homes. Every person who is selected to adopt a dog from us will be required to sign our adoption contract. 

Our goal is to help you enjoy life with your new dog. We will contact you by phone or email each week during the 3-week trial period to check in. If issues arise, or you just need some advice on house training, behavior issues, etc.; we will be happy to assist. We love to receive updates with photos from adopters. Seeing our dogs happy, healthy and loved in their forever homes reminds us of why we do what we do. 

We are committed to the life, health and well being of every dog we place for the remainder of that dog's life. If a situation arises which cannot be helped and you are unable to keep a dog you've adopted from us; then you must either return the dog to us or obtain approval to transfer ownership to a friend or relative. 

Adoption fee

Rescued dogs are not free. Most rescued dogs require medical attention as many have not had any recent medical attention in their previous situation. Our dogs are fully vetted before they are placed into adoptive homes. They are spayed or neutered, brought up-to-date on their vaccinations, tested for heartworms (dogs over the age of ten months), wormed and started on heartworm /flea preventative.

Many of our rescued dogs also require veterinary care for various conditions, in most cases our costs exceed the dog's adoption fee. We require an adoption fee of $250 to help us cover these costs. The adoption fee is non-refundable after the 3-week trial of rescuing, providing medical care and placing homeless dogs into their forever homes. 

Adoption Application

Please click on the download button below to access the adoption application. Once complete, please save to your documents and email back to us. 

FH4DR Adoption Application (docx)